Miles Cook
January 19, 2016
Photos By: Al Rogers

You might think we here at Mustang Monthly and our sister web presence, Mustang-360.com, would have the market cornered on 1965 and 1966 K-code Mustang convertibles these days. In recent months we featured two 1966 K-code convertibles that are both not only extremely unusual GT models, but also even more scarce than other K-code ragtops. One is a German Export T5 version that’s allegedly one of only two (www.mustang-360.com/featured-vehicles/1507-one-of-the-rarest-1966-ford-mustangs-ever-built/). The other is an automatic-equipped example that was a new-for-1966 option, given that all 1965 K-codes were four-speed cars (www.mustang-360.com/featured-vehicles/1510-theres-something-special-about-this-1966-ford-mustang-k-code-gt-convertible/).

Though not a deluxe (Pony) interior, we still think the Palomino color is the perfect complement to the mirrorlike exterior finish. No complaints about the deluxe woodgrain steering wheel, 8,000-rpm Hi-Po Rally-Pac, or added knee-knocker A/C box, either.

For our third early K-code convertible feature in about six months, we submit for your perusal George Magro’s Raven Black 1965 K-code convert. Though this Mustang is not a GT model, when it comes to the K-code engine option it really doesn’t matter. And that’s because K-code 289s are pretty much the most desirable small-block Mustang engines, and the rarest, with barely 1 percent of production among well over a million 1965-1966s produced.

Besides the finned Cobra valve covers and Sanden A/C compressor it is all K-code 289 underhood. Only the Autolite 4100 carb is a replacement piece—all else is original.

Beyond Magro’s 1965 K-code convert being what it is in its own right, it also has the kind of heirloom background we love to hear. He takes up the story thusly: “A substantial amount of time, money, and resources were invested in this restoration. Only two deviations from stock were made by adding power steering and A/C, because I intend to drive the car as well as show it. Found in South Carolina, I bought the car from the original owner who bought it new in September 1964. He owned it until his passing in 2011, and I bought it from his widow in November 2012 with 95,000 original miles on it.”

Magro continues, “It’s a true matching-numbers car, as only a real K-code could be. Ford stamped the VIN on the K-code engine blocks and transmissions at that time. Lesser A- and C-code four- and two-barrel 289 engine blocks were not stamped with the car’s serial number. Along with the car, I also received substantial service records and purchase documentation, including the original window sticker. Everything on the car is original except the carburetor and steering wheel, which had been replaced over the years. These have both been refitted with a correct Autolite 4100 carb and a deluxe woodgrain wheel.”

The trunk has also been restored and is ready for a set of golf clubs.

Magro says, “During the purchase of this car it became apparent that the owner wasn’t just interested in selling the car but wanted to be sure it was going to a good home. Like her, I didn’t feel it was just a car but rather a piece of automotive history and it deserved our respect. I have kept in touch with her over the past few years and kept her apprised on how the Mustang was doing. She knows all about the restoration and is also looking forward to seeing the story in your magazine.”

All in all, it’s a great background story and a great car! We’ll drink to that.

This beautiful restoration perfectly shows off the pure lines and shape of the 1965-1966 design. While the convertible doesn’t have the swoopy fastback roofline or the first-of-its-kind hardtop, with the top down the timeless look of the car’s fenders, doors, and quarter-panels are accentuated. Under any circumstance, it is clearly one of the most classic convertible models of all time. Equally as timeless as the car are its 14-inch Styled Steel wheels. George Magro updated the tires a bit so as to enjoy driving the car more by going with a set of dual–red stripe BFGs in a P205/70R14 size.