SPENCERVILLE — Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing protocol, I am featuring my son Noah Hanjora’s 1965 Ford Mustang Coupe.
Noah’s great-uncle, Denis Fairburn, of Lima, owned this car and kept it garaged for 30-plus years. He owned a 1965 Ford Mustang convertible. The reverse gear was out on this 1965 Mustang when Fairburn purchased it. One thing led to another, and the car was never restored. When Fairburn passed away in 2015, his three children knew that Hanjora had a passion for old cars. They made Hanjora an offer he gladly accepted with the caveat that the car was to remain in the family.
“This is something that was in the family, and I always wanted to keep it in the family. The passion for older cars run in the family, and I think that’s pretty cool,” Hanjora said.
Hanjora’s love for older cars was developed when he accompanied his mom to many car shows. The Ford Mustang quickly became a favorite of his.
Ford was anxious to release its 1965 Ford Mustang: so anxious that they made an early production run just to get their new car out to the public. The new car was a hit in 1964 and was so popular that it was even featured in the Bond movie “Goldfinger.” The Mustang was the most successful release Ford had ever made since the introduction of its Model A.
Hanjora’s Mustang features a 260 V-8 engine. It is a four-speed manual transmission.
Hanjora is currently a student at Ohio Northern University, so he hadn’t the time nor money to fix his car up. He plans on getting the car up and running, then dealing with the body work at a later date. Until then, he keeps the car in the garage and gets a daily look at what one day will become his dream car.