Personal vehicle and vision designed by Actor and Racer Patrick Dempsey for his personal use.
This 1965 Mustang Fastback was built in 2008 by Panoz Custom Sports Cars as a custom order for Dempsey in their Georgia facility. This car embodies his vision of owning a fully modernized 1965 mustang that could be his daily driver.
The vehicle was featured on the cover of Mustang Monthly May 2008 and the article states “If they handed out Academy Awards for resto-mods, actor Patrick Dempsey would get the Oscar for his Panoz built ’65 Mustang.”
The Panoz engineering, construction and specifications totally transcend the typical resto-mod genre and deliver a 21st century driving experience. The goal of the build was to take a classic design, preserve its beauty and at the same time make a piece of history into something that is practical, livable and completely contemporary for today’s environment.
The Panoz build took two and a half years and more than 3,900 hours of computer-assisted design (CAD), engineering, fabrication, custom molds, assembly and finishing time. In total Mr Dempsey spent over $300,000 building this vehicle.
This one of a kind mustang offers world class performance under a timeless, vintage skin. It remains today one of the best engineered of its kind and is the perfect choice for the collector seeking the ultimate Mustang Resto Mod with the additional benefit of celebrity provenance.
The vehicle has completed only 8,400 miles since completion, the leather still smells bend new and this is essentially a brand new car.
The powertrain is from a 2004 (SN95) Mustang Cobra SVT with a supercharged 4.6 liter (4 valves per cylinder) engine which started out as from the factory at 390 HP and 385 ft lbs torque which was then tuned by the folks at Panoz using a cold air intake and custom remote cut-out exhaust systems to bring it up to 420 HP and 420 ft lbs torque. It is the perfect balance of weight and power and makes for a very powerful and responsive package.
Engine compartment is like new, meticulously clean and chrome pieces are shiny and free of grime.
Custom stainless steel Cat Back system with side exit exhaust featuring Magna flow mufflers equipped with variable tune.
The transmission is a Tremec T56 6 speed manual as used in the 2004 Cobra SVT.
Other ford systems incorporated: Full H-pipe with catalytic converters, radiator, condenser and intercoolers with multi speed ducted fan, complete engine wiring loom, instrument cluster, passive anti-theft system, motor mounts, late model SN-95 Mustang pedal cluster
Front suspension is a Panoz version of the 1994-2004 SN95 code Mustang updated with coil over shocks and adjustable double wishbone a-arms built into a complete custom reconstructed front inner clip from the fire wall forward and tying into custom tubular rocker panel and modified floor pan from a 2005-2014 S197 code Mustang. The structure includes motor mounts, modern crumple zone, increased rigidity and strength resulting in a modern sports car feel and handling.
Rear suspension is an un-modified solid axle three link from a 2005-2014 S197 code Mustang which is wider than the original 1965 resulting in the increased track and stance of the car and includes modern disc brakes and ABS.
Steering is a Ford rack and pinion power steering system 2.5 turn lock to lock.
ABS brake system by ford, power assisted, with 13 inch vented Front Rotors, 11 inch rear solid rotors. Front calipers are PBR 2 piston and Rear calipers are Varga single piston.
The chassis and body is a fully integrated hybrid of technology that retains the classic look of the 65 mustang. Hybrid unibody and space frame construction integrated with S197 floorpan and firewall, fabricated torque box, front and rear crush zones and integrated side impact protection. This car was designed as a daily driver not only a show car. Every aspect evolved around safety, reliability, serviceability, value and performance. The chassis is like new and remains extremely clean and is in excellent shape.
Carpeted trunk compartment is clean and houses a spare tire and the battery.
Painted in black the body is in excellent shape and is straight with no waves and has zero dents. The chrome trim is straight. The car is in like new condition.
The black exterior is complemented with a black leather interior. The Car was purchased from Patrick Dempsey by Equus Automotive Inc which is known for their BASS770 builds. Upon their purchase the interior was changed by EQUUS. The headrests and leather wrapped steering wheel are adorned with the Equus unicorn logo. The interior is in excellent (like new) condition with no rips or tears in the leather and you can smell the new leather smell upon opening the door. The headliner is snug and tight to the roof with no rips or scuffs. The interior also provides more modern conveniences and luxuries with A/C that blows cold, Becker Mexico radio with Bluetooth, power seats and power door locks. The stock issue side windows are also electrically powered.
3 point retractable front seat belts, full rear child seat restraint system, rear mid-ship fuel cell location, collapsible steering column and padded safety wheel, removable front crush zone, integrated rear crush zone, 3” x 2” box chassis reinforcements integrated into rockers/sills, reinforced toe box, traction control system, ABS, full OBD, full EPA emission equipment, LED taillights with third high mount taillight, HID headlights
This no expense spared vehicle is available exclusively at Blacksmith Garage.
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