How much would my car be worth if it only has the original 28,000 miles and the original 429 Shelby engine?

Asked by May 20, 2007 at 11:30 PM about the 1965 Ford Thunderbird

Question type: Shopping & Pricing

In great shape, except it needs a new vinyl top.  Pristine!!

How much is it worth?

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Hi shervonr! Here's teh google search results I got for 1965 T-Birds for sale. perhaps you can find a comp here that matches your classic. That will give you a ballpark price. The simple answer is that it is worth whatever someone will pay for it. Hope you find a hot buyer. Good luck!


I'd say you are looking somewhere in the vicinity of $8000 to $12000. Thats in good condition. Not sure how much will be taken off of that b/c of the vinyl roof.


Well, first of all, if it's a 65 T-bird, It wouldn't have a 429 or a shelby engine. The 429 didn't come out until 1969 and there is no such thing as a Shelby engine. The late Carroll Shelby didn't build engines, he built complete race cars and NEVER did anything with Thunderbirds. So with that said. an unrestored original 1965 T-bird Hardtop Landau with probably a 352 or a 390 engine even with low miles is probably worth about $6000- $8000 dollars If a new vinyl top is needed I would subtract another $1000 from the total. Unfortunately, mid 1960's Thunderbirds are not bringing top money unless they are convertibles and in excellent condition. Kenny.

Bet he means the 428, but that did not come out till 66 and even with 3 dueces stock, was kind of a dog. Really heavy cars and if rebuilt even a few pounds heavier because the weak unibody frame rails were ideally replaced by rolled sheet metal on a quality rebuild.

I am afraid you are wrong Mr Mark helpful. The Tbird also had a 429 cid v8 engine. My friend in Arlington, Virginia raced a 1964 and he had a 429 in his car too. I could have had it optional when I bought my own but decided not to. I own one with the 390 cid engine and I love . I have had it since 1965 too.


GuruQZRB, I KNOW WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT. I worked for Ford for over 20 years back in the 60's, 70's and 80's. And have a 6 car collection of Fords from that era. The 429 / 460 engines were the 385 series engine and wasn't manufactured until late 1968 thru the 1990's. NOT 1964. There was however a 428 engine that you are actually probably thinking of that came out in 1966 in the T-Birds and Galaxies (Ford called it the 7-Liter in the 1966 and '67 Galaxies) but NOT in 1964. The biggest Ford engine available in 1964 was the 427 as a special order in the Galaxies and Fairlanes but the biggest available in '64 in the T-birds was the 390 cubic inch engine. The 429 engine was a powerhouse for racing and could have been easily swapped into a 1964 car. the 428 was an FE-series (Ford-Edsel) engine block that was available in the 1958 thru 1971 Fords in a 332,352, 390, 427 and in 428 cubic inch size in 1966 but NOT EVER in a 429 engine size and only in a 428 engine size in 1966 thru 1968 T-birds but could have also been swapped into almost any '64 Ford fairly easy.. The 428 engine only ran for 3 years and was discontinued by Ford in favor of the newly redesigned 429 engine in 1968. All the FE series engines were dropped in January of 1971 but the newer 429 engine was produced until 1973 and as a 460 from 1974 until 1979 in cars and then until the mid 1990's in trucks only. BTW, Mark helpful at the end of every answer means just that, to mark the answer as helpful if deemed so fit, NOT as a signature of anyone's name. Kenny/MrBlueOval

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