Photos provided by the owner.
While it took several years for Gavin Murdoch and his daughter to restore the family’s 1965 Ford Mustang fastback – and another few years for his wife to warm up to it – it only took a moment for thieves to steal the car earlier this month, and now Gavin’s hoping Hemmings readers can help return it to his garage.
As Gavin wrote:
Back in 2000, I bought my first classic Mustang (a coupe) from a Mecum car auction in Belvidere, IL. My daughter was a freshman in high school at the time and just learning how to drive. She didn’t care for the coupe and it was an odd color (Ivy Gold). Still, to humor me, she’d come along to some local cruise nights and car shows. Once she saw an early Mustang fastback and thought it was pretty cool, she asked me why I didn’t get one of those. Well, I also liked the fastback body style but they were fairly expensive compared to the coupes. Nevertheless, the search was on. In 2003, I came across a ’65 fastback on the internet that was just barely affordable for me, but needed restoration. It was a California car that had been restored once before and spent 11 years in car museum in Denver until the car museum went belly up. The person I bought the car from knew the owner of the car museum and bought the car before it went off to auction. He used it as a daily driver for about 8-9 years until it got kind of worn out; the old acrylic paint was cracked and peeling, and the interior was all dried up and sun scorched. This didn’t bother me as the car was completely rust free; it had all original body panels, floors, etc. I bought the car based on the photos provided and had it shipped from Denver to my home in Chicago. I still had the coupe which looked nice and remember my wife seeing the fastback for the first time and saying “You bought this to replace that one?!” But my daughter could see past all the issues and said she’d help me to restore it. So I sold the coupe and we (daughter and I) started taking the fastback apart, stripping all the chrome and stainless parts off that first year and getting it ready for paint. After the car was painted and reassembled, it looked quite nice. Then we spent the next 5 years fixing various mechanical issues and slowly restored the interior, detailed the engine compartment, trunk, etc. so it became a joy and a matter of pride for us. My daughter is now married to a great guy who is also a Mustang fan; he has a new 2015 Mustang GT. They both told me that I was never to sell the ’65 and that they would be ready to take care of it when I got older and no longer able to do the service work by myself. The car was a keeper, and I know this sounds corny, but more like a family pet. Even my wife grew fond of it over the years.
The car was insured, but I really don’t care about that, just want to find my Mustang and get her back if possible.
The details: Red on red 1965 Ford Mustang 2+2 fastback powered by a 289-cu.in. V-8 with an automatic transmission. Equipped with power steering, power brakes, fog lights, dual exhaust, Rally-Pac, custom Retrosound stereo system, Cragar S/S chrome five-spoke wheels, and Hoosier Radial GT tires. VIN is 5R09C184036; license plate is Utah D183X. Stolen October 6 from the 5600 block of West Discovery Drive in West Jordan, Utah.
Anybody with information related to the Mustang’s theft should contact Detective McLam of the West Jordan Police Department (801-256-2000), reference case number 16H015874.