Never judge a book by its cover….

We have created a little variation of that old saying: Never judge a car by its paintwork!

Why did we say that?

We got a phone call from a customer in our office who thought we would be interested in a barn find 1975 Mustang. Originally this car came from New York and was used for a while then put into storage for what ever reason for the last 20 years. To be honest they are not the prettiest of Mustangs and they tend to be quite rusty. To get a good one is also quite rare these days too. First of all we declined and said that we were not interested going by past experiences from what we had seen of them. We were talked into at least seeing it first before we made a decision, with that in mind we thought we could break it for parts which can still make some good money. The car turned up at our yard and our first thoughts we were almost right. It was a little worse for wear granted, but it didn’t look too bad at all. We had a closer inspection and we bought it as a car to keep. The car needs a fair bit doing on the outside front area, but this car has got a serious potential to be a nice car. When you look at the pictures you can see why! At last we found a nice pretty solid 1975 Mustang that is not falling to bits, like we now say, never judge a car by its paintwork!

This model is the 1975 Coupe, 4 cylinder 2.3litre Automatic, with only 54,000 genuine miles on the clock.

How she arrived to us, unwashed and very much unwanted



We gave her a good clean, but as there were no keys we needed to use a little gentle persuasion to open the trunk!

The best part of this car is the inside which is almost brand new and unmarked apart from the stitching which had come undone on the driver seat

The engine needs a little work but it can be made good and the engine bay along with the car is pretty rust free

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A great find and we’re glad we listened and took a look after all.

About Mustang Maniac

A business dedicated to restoration of Classic Mustangs. We supply parts for all ages of Mustangs 1964 to present day, servicing, restoration and custom builds. Anything your Mustang needs, we can help.
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7 Responses to Never judge a book by its cover….

  1. Debbie says:

    What you call a barn find we call a diamond in the rough. What an awesome discovery. Thank you for showing the before and after cleaning it up. Kind of like archaeologists that carefully brush away the dirt and rubble to reveal the treasure underneath. White interior that has stood the test of time..I’d ride in it for sure. 🙂


  2. essceelle says:

    Not the prettiest Mustang?! An absolute understatement. These things fell out of the 70’s ugly tree and hit every branch on the way down! The flip-side is that this is a true survivor class contender at the next Mustang Round-up (or whatever your Stateside gatherings are called). Great interior, paint that looks a though a 2000 wet sand will make it look like almost new and probably the only one of its type on display next time there’s a show.

    Even ugly can have it’s own inherent beauty. Great to see.


    • Everything you say is correct. It won’t be long before these are classics, it certainly won’t be on looks that’s for sure, but the fact there are only a few about? Maybe.
      Thanks for stopping by.


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