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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-04-2019, 01:26 PM Thread Starter
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Hello from northern Iowa! I am the proud new owner (the 4th) of a '65 Mustang 289. She came to me through the magic of Facebook Marketplace where the more you look at something in particular, the more ads you see for said item. I wasn't really in the market for a vintage Mustang but since my first car in high school in the 80's was a '67 Mustang, I can't help but look at ads for them when they pop up.

Recently an ad caught my eye: the location, condition and price was right so I went to look at her and when my boyfriend said "she won't be around long at that price" I knew that was a green light for purchasing her. She is black with a white vinyl top, which everyone that has seen her says they've never seen that combination before. So my first question is this: is this a factory combo or did someone either add the top or paint the original top? I know the first owner was a doctor that ordered her so could he have ordered that combo as an option? Thanks for any insight you can provide!

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I can't figure out how to flip the picture around but you get the idea.
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I can't figure out how to flip the picture around but you get the idea.
Which plant was the car built? If Metuchen, it's possible to find the build sheet. I don't recall seeing which box on the build sheet would show if it had the vinyl top from the factory, but it's probably your best hope. Unless of course, you might could find the doctor who owned it originally...

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I was kinda wondering if it may have been one of the Player Cigarette car with a partial repaint
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Vicky, welcome to VMF. Nice looking 65.
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Hello from northern Iowa! I am the proud new owner (the 4th) of a '65 Mustang 289. She came to me through the magic of Facebook Marketplace where the more you look at something in particular, the more ads you see for said item. I wasn't really in the market for a vintage Mustang but since my first car in high school in the 80's was a '67 Mustang, I can't help but look at ads for them when they pop up.

Recently an ad caught my eye: the location, condition and price was right so I went to look at her and when my boyfriend said "she won't be around long at that price" I knew that was a green light for purchasing her. She is black with a white vinyl top, which everyone that has seen her says they've never seen that combination before. So my first question is this: is this a factory combo or did someone either add the top or paint the original top? I know the first owner was a doctor that ordered her so could he have ordered that combo as an option? Thanks for any insight you can provide!

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I was kinda wondering if it may have been one of the Player Cigarette car with a partial repaint
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Welcome to VMF. Congratulations on your "new" car. Show us more pics as we all really enjoy seeing other people's rides.

As to it being a Player Cigarette car, doubtful as according to the link they were all 200ci I6 engines, unless a PO changed the engine as the OP stated hers is a 289.?

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Thelma Lu is from Detroit! I named her Thelma Lu because she kind of looks like an old cop car and it reminded me of Barney Fife since he's the one that is usually driving and his girlfriend's name is Thelma Lou.
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Which plant was the car built? If Metuchen, it's possible to find the build sheet. I don't recall seeing which box on the build sheet would show if it had the vinyl top from the factory, but it's probably your best hope. Unless of course, you might could find the doctor who owned it originally...

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Unfortunately, Dr. Berry passed away quite a while ago. BUT I am fairly sure that the man I got her from knows how to get in touch with his daughter. Tracking down the history on this car shouldn't be too hard since there were only 3 previous owners and the first and third lived in the same tiny town about 25 miles from owner #2!


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Unfortunately, Dr. Berry passed away quite a while ago. BUT I am fairly sure that the man I got her from knows how to get in touch with his daughter. Tracking down the history on this car shouldn't be too hard since there were only 3 previous owners and the first and third lived in the same tiny town about 25 miles from owner #2!
Old pictures from the Dr.'s daughter could lend very good clues...

Seems like you have a great avenue to it's history with knowing all of the previous owners. Good luck in your quest!

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Hi Vicki congrats on your pony car. We bought our 65 coupe from the original owner in Winterset Iowa. I like your color combination, it'll look great when you're done with it.
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