We think it's safe to say that J.R. Shelby of Aiken, South Carolina, has a serious passion for classic Mustangs. It's an affliction we've heard of many times before, and J.R. seems to have a particularly acute case with eight cars and counting. In addition to this beautiful '65 Mustang GT} convertible, his collection includes three '65 fastbacks and two '65 Mustang coupes. There's also a '66 coupe and a '67 coupe on his Blue Oval list. The only convertible in the fold seems to have been lavished with special attention, mostly in the paint and body department. This comes as no surprise, as J.R. specializes in this kind of restoration work and is a professional automobile painter by trade.
To get the car looking this good, his meticulous workmanship skills were combined with excellent choices. The restoration project began right after the car was purchased, and it was a seven-month process. During this time, the entire car-including the powertrain-was completely refreshed. This Mustang exudes class with its GT embellishments, Honey Gold paint, and two-tone Parchment and Ivy Gold deluxe interior. The GT status and convertible configuration make this a highly desirable car, but the list of enhancements goes on. When the South Carolina summer gets too hot or when long distances at high speed are planned, the top goes up and the air conditioning comes on. Having an air-conditioned convertible has always been regarded as the epitome of extravagance.
J.R. is active in the CSRA (Central Savannah River Area) Mustang club, and his refined GT convertible is no trailer queen spending its time under a cover and shut in a garage. J.R. uses his car for both driving and shows. We're willing to bet he's the center of attention wherever he goes.
'65 Mustang GT convertible
Owner: J.R. Shelby, Aiken, SC
When it comes to stance, it's plain to see that J.R. has his GT ragtop dialed-in nicely. T
Engine302 block4.030-inch bore, 3.00-inch strokeStock reciprocating assemblyForged aluminum pistons9.5:1 compression ratioFord cast-iron cylinder headsHydraulic camshaftEdelbrock aluminum-intake manifoldEdelbrock 600-cfm four-barrel car
TransmissionC4 three-speed automatic
Rearend8-inch axle3:00 gears
ExhaustPatriot Tri-Y full-length headers, 1 3/4-inch primary tubes, 3-inch collectors2 1/4-inch exhaust systemFlowmaster mufflers
Front: Stock coil spring on upper arm, 1-inch lowering coils, 1-inch antisway bar, gas shocks
Rear: Stock leaf springs, gas shocks
Front: Stock GT package disc
Rear: Stock drum
These Coy's C-5 wheels are a good fit to the '65 body style. While plenty wide, the wheel
Front: Coy's C-5, chrome finish, 17x7-inch
Rear: Coy's C-5, chrome finish, 17x8-inch
Front: Riken Raptor ZR, P205/50ZR17
Rear: Riken Raptor ZR, P235/45ZR17
Deluxe two-tone interior, Ivy Gold carpeting, LeCarra wood steering wheel, standard instrumentation with white-face gauges, AM radio
Honey Gold PPG basecoat/clearcoat paint by owner, GT rocker-panel stripes, chrome exhaust trumpets extending through the lower valance panel, GT emblems, grille-mounted foglamps, Wimbledon White Shelby-style center stripes
The open top offers a good look at this factory color combination. The off-white upholster
Underneath the bonnet, J.R. kept it simple using Ford Racing logo chrome valve covers and
There's nothing like a LeCarra wood wheel to dress up a Mustang interior. Nicer than the f