Classic Mustang Flexes Its American Muscles in Japan

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1965 Mustang Coupe

Instagrammer rules the road in the land of the Rising Sun with his impeccable 1965 Mustang Coupe 302 V8.

Since the 1960s, there’s been a small but devoted subculture devoted to keeping classic American culture alive – in Japan. Yes, over in the Land of the Rising Sun, a group of dedicated Americana fans is living in an idealized version of the post-war, pre-Nixon era. Who cares that life in the ’50s and ’60s really wasn’t like that, these guys make it look great, and look great doing it.

Case in point is Instagrammer Yoshihide.1965, whose description on the social media platform is short and sweet: “1965 Ford Mustang Coupe 302 V8 Yokkaichi, Mie Prefecture, Japan.” His account is full of the good stuff: Vintage swiss watches (think Rolex, Omega, Patek Philippe), too-cool WWII-era surplus clothes, and his trusty green ’65 notchback.


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おはようございます。 92 CORNICHE Ⅳ 🇬🇧 マスタング🇺🇸との共通項は2ドアV8😎 #rollsroycecorniche #classicrollsroyce #rollsroyceclassic #65mustang #1965mustang #fordmustang1965 #1965fordmustang #classicmustang

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One seriously cool ‘Stang

It looks like he’s always been a gearhead – specifically of the American Persuasion. His father has a gorgeous teal 1992 Rolls-Royce Corniche IV Drophead, but he also has a white C7 Corvette. He even posts a picture of himself as a child posing in front of a white ’70-’71 Thunderbird.

In short, yoshihide’s Insta account is a look at the good life. There’s his family, his dog, and a lot of cool vintage-style clothes. But the Mustang is clearly front and center. Which is pretty wild; in a country dominated by minuscule Kei cars and crowded city streets, it sure looks like the vintage Mustang is his daily driver. It’s got a 302 cubic-inch V8 paired with an automatic transmission. Inside, it looks pretty stock aside from an aftermarket tach and a trio of auxiliary gauges. Capped off with a pair of five-spoke mag wheels, this pony looks like it’s the perfect driver.


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予約してあったB-15カスタム取りに行って来ました。 私はこちらの色の方が好きです。 #freewheelers #lakester #フリーホイーラーズ #65mustang #1965mustang #fordmustang1965 #1965fordmustang #classicmustang

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Okay, so maybe his lifestyle isn’t as attainable over in the good old U.S. of A. But it sure looks pretty inviting. At the very least, it’s inspiring us to get our classics out of the garage, put on our old leather jackets, and go for a drive. Who knows, maybe we’ll even put it up on Instagram.

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James Derek Sapienza has worked as a writer and editor in the world of automotive journalism since 2015.

He has a BS in History at SUNY Brockport, with a focus on American popular culture. A fan of the classics with a special interest in German cars, he is a proud owner of a 1991 W124 Mercedes. He is a frequent contributor to Mustang Forums, MBWorld, 5Series, Rennlist, and more.

James can be reached at [email protected]

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