Mustang, Corvette, Cobra and Camaro are arguably America’s most iconic cars of the past half century. Their names and shapes are recognizable the world over. Of the three in continuous production only the Mustang remains with a skin and style unmistakably close to its earliest predecessors; such is the popularity of the model which launched the class of cars known as pony cars. Many choose the latest iteration and are content with the feeling it evokes. Others are content only with the original and too few great ones remain. What may be the best of both worlds is the “restomod”, a car with the appearance of old and the performance capabilities of the new. This well prepared Mustang is the essence of that concept.
A Middle Eastern businessman became smitten with the “Bullitt” car, Steve McQueen’s Highland Green 1968 Mustang and veteran of movie land’s famous chase scene through the streets of San Francisco. A trip to Barrett Jackson acquainted him with the concept of the “restomod” and a project was born. An originally highly optioned excellent example was found and the fastback Mustang underwent multiple upgrades as detailed below.
The Ford Mustang burst on the scene with its debut at the New York World’s Fair. While many deserve credit, Lee Iacocca pushed it through the Ford bureaucracy . Conservative sales estimates were shattered and over the first two years more than a million were produced. The early years saw the introduction of legendary cars: the GT, the Boss 302, the Boss 429, the Mach I and Carroll Shelby’s versions the GT 350 and 500. The Mustang seemed to lose its edge in the seventies first bulking up and then shrinking and losing performance capabilities to emissions and fuel economy concerns. Exactly when the Mustang “got its groove back” is a matter to debate. Today the car‘s following seems bigger than ever and tuner entities who have lent it their names and helped establish Mustang’s performance image include Holman and Moody, Steeda, Saleen, Roush, and Ford’s own SVO division.
I tracked down an early owner of the Mustang, a principal in a respected South Carolina restoration shop. He stated the Ford was a Southern car and had a fabulous body. It was manufactured with multiple options including a 289 c.i. power plant, deluxe interior, factory air, and power steering. Over the course of its preparation, the Mustang has received multiple upgrades. Worn bushings were replaced with polyurethane. An aftermarket front sway bar and rear traction bars were installed. Wheel diameter was increased and worn interior coverings and panels replaced with NOS or Mustangs Unlimited parts. A/C was modernized. The Dart block, one with superior metallurgy, forms the basis of an amazing power plant. A stroker kit enlarged displacement to a magical 427 cubic inches! An f-303 Motorsport hydraulic roller cam was installed. The engine is topped with Air Flow Research big valve aluminum heads with roller rocker arms. Fuel is delivered through an eight stack Inglese EFI system with adaptive electronics. Compression was kept to approximately 10:1 to allow the use of pump gas. Power is handled through a 6 speed Tremec transmission.
“We wanted it to look like a GT until you lifted that hood.”The owner
The 1967 fastback may represent the most coveted Mustang body shape. Such is its popularity that the hardtop model most often tops similarly equipped convertibles at auction. It makes a great basis for a “restomod” and these seem to be the darlings of the market as of late. Trailer queens have their place but collectors want to drive and enjoy their prizes. Offered is an amazing combination of a stock appearing classic and modern performance enhancements. One doubts the money and time invested in this car can be recouped creating an opportunity for the auction buyer.
Very few will know that the Mustang in their mirror is not a stock Mustang GT. An original Mustang color, the paint appears genuine. As does the restored interior. Even the wheels, larger in diameter and width, appear stock. The impression changes as rpm’s rise and one witnesses stunning acceleration and the tuned exhaust note of a modern American V-8. Invoke McQueen or Eleanor*. Enjoy a classic façade, the pleasure of a six speed stick, and stunning performance. The 1967 Mustang offered could be the gem of your collection.Mark Moskowitz MD
*Nicolas Cage’s fastback 1967 Mustang in the 2000 film, Gone in 60 Seconds