Mustangs mean different things to different people, but one thing we can factually state is that Mustangs have always helped to make memories. Take Brent Witthuhn’s 1965 hardtop, Scarlet, for example. Brent, of Joplin, Missouri, remembers growing up with his dad always working on a ’65 fastback of his own. “My best memories as a kid were in that car,” Brent explains. So when he found this hardtop outside a barn in Kansas, he knew he had to have it. After towing it home, he yanked the original inline-six and threespeed manual and went to work. When the dust settled, the hardtop you see here emerged. Now finished in Race Red from the latemodel Mustang color palette with black stripes, the hardtop was upfitted with a 302ci small-block V-8 with Edelbrock intake and Holley 4V, AOD transmission, and a late-model Mustang 8.8-inch rear axle with 4.10 gears. At all four corners Brent fitted power disc brakes with black American Racing Torq Thrust wheels wrapped in P225/45R17 rubber. An aluminum radiator with an electric fan keeps the engine temps in check, while a full Flowmaster exhaust gives the hardtop some bite when the go-pedal hits the carpet. Inside, Brent refinished the interior and added Classic Instruments gauges to the dash. “My goal was to finish my car and take my dad to a show. We made our first show last summer in 2017. This car has brought my whole family closer together,” says Brent.