Standing Out: Mark Sullivan's Modified 1965 Mustang Fastback

Mark Sullivan's 1965 Mustang Fastback Cover Image

Article by Anthony Alaniz. Photography by Ben Hosking / Hosking Industries.

Standing out in the Ford Mustang world is hard. With millions sold over its 50-year history, it seems like everyone and their mother owns one, or has owned one at one point. It’s America’s sports car that exudes styling and performance almost unlike anything else ever offered.

For the most part; lest we forget the 1970s Mustang II . . . but we digress.

Mark Sullivan's 1965 Mustang Fastback Front 3/4

Today, there is a plethora of aftermarket parts available to help one personalize their Mustang just like everybody else’s. Some, however, take modifying to a whole new, and personal, level.

Take Mark Sullivan’s custom 1965 fastback Mustang for instance. This two-tone screamer is far from ordinary. With a black-on-orange paint scheme and a slammed appearance, the Mustang turns heads wherever it is.

Mark Sullivan's 1965 Mustang Fastback Rear 3/4

Shot by Ben Hosking from Australia, the shoot itself was just as unique as the car. Hosking used a light painting technique that makes the car pop on the dark, urban landscape.

The photos also produced a first for Hosking—an international cover car, gracing the front pages of Modified Mustangs & Fords and Australia’s Revhead Extreme Performance magazines. Check out the full Modified Mustangs & Fords feature here.

Mark Sullivan's 1965 Mustang Fastback Engine

Sullivan, a prolific do-it-yourselfer, built the majority of his Mustang at his garage on the Central Coast of New South Wales, Australia.

Power for the beast comes from a 427 cubic-inch engine with a Dart single barrel carburetor. That power is pumped to the rear wheels and 9-inch rear end through a C4 automatic transmission.

Mark Sullivan's 1965 Mustang Wheels

The low stance and black, deep-dish wheels give the Mustang a unique caricature. Under the hood, where the beefy engine calls home, is an immaculate and well-thought-out engine bay. Nothing is out of place; some may even consider it a work of art.

Slipping inside, the interior shows even more customization by Sullivan. The centralized instrument cluster and customized, orange dash give Sullivan’s Mustang something that differentiates itself even further from the other Mustangs on the road.

Mark Sullivan's 1965 Mustang Interior

While the two-tone, slammed look and radical interior may not be everyone’s slice of delicious cake, there is no denying that a car is something that is meant to be a personal extension of one’s self. Sullivan’s Mustang is definitely personal.


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Born and raised in southeast Michigan. Chose to stay out of necessity. Staff writer at a small community newspaper covering city government, the schools and whatever else happens in town. J-school graduate from EMU, weekend mechanic, car enthusiast and open-road connoisseur. Open to all invites of hospitality and adult beverages.
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