For those disappointed that they never got to own a classic 1960’s Ford Mustang when they were new, the possibility now exists again.

The body shell for the 1964 ½, 1965, and 1966 Mustang convertible is being produced again, and is now available as a licensed restoration part, Ford announced Friday. The shells look the same as they did from the factory years ago, except they are now assembled with stronger steel and improved modern welding techniques.

The shell remained the same from the 1964 ½ through 1966, and the vehicle can be made into any of those years by using particular trim and powertrains.

It is now possible to build an entire Ford Mustang of these years completely from Ford-approved classic parts suppliers, save for some pieces of body hardware.

The body shell comes with doors and the trunk lid, but the hood and front fenders must be purchased separately. The cost of the shell itself begins at $15,000.

The 1967-68 and 1969-70 fastback body shells are also available for purchase. These shells are available for freight delivery to any address.

Dennis Mondrach, Ford Restoration Parts licensing manager, said that “The 1964-1966 Mustang is the most restored vintage vehicle. But the number of original 1964-1966 vintage bodies is shrinking every year…Instead of spending money fixing rust and welding in new panels, restorers can now simply transfer their powertrain and trim parts onto the new body shell.”

These shells, along with many other Ford-approved restoration parts are available at

The Mustang, which was first produced in 1964, sold more than 1.2 million cars before the first redesign in 1967.

A project like this can combine the absolute best of both eras: The impeccable styling so craved by automotive fanatics, improved with modern technology.

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