It's an impressive build.
The allure of the first-generation Mustang remains undiminished for Ford aficionados. This iconic model, which set the stage for the pony car era, resonates deeply in automotive history. What makes the classic Mustang even more riveting is its versatility. Once known as the "secretaries car", it has since showcased its dexterity to metamorphose into a Pro Street juggernaut, making waves in car exhibits nationwide. Attend any vintage racing event, and you're bound to see these Mustangs, seamlessly handling bends and turns, their Pro Touring prowess in full display.
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For many, the Mustang's enduring charm stems from their own restoration projects or witnessing awe-inspiring builds. Ken Block's groundbreaking Hoonicorn has particularly rejuvenated interest, unveiling the latent capacities of these classic silhouettes to a younger audience. Drawing inspiration from the Hoonicorn is a reenvisioned 1965 Mustang, and thanks to AutotopiaLA, this modern masterpiece has been splendidly documented.
Choosing to deviate from the conventional 200 cubic-inch inline-six or the renowned 289 V8 rumble, Alex, the car's visionary, decided to pack a powerful punch. A 9.5-deck engine, stroked to a whopping 408 cubic inches, sits majestically in a neatly shaved engine bay. This beast of an engine, devoid of any forced induction, effortlessly churns out a staggering 600 horsepower. Marrying such muscle with the Mustang's nimble frame promises an exhilarating drive.
However, this Mustang isn't just about raw power. It's thoughtfully equipped to manage it too. Enhancements like a revamped suspension, expansive tires ensconced within tailor-made flares, and a bespoke four-link setup for the rear suspension ensure that this vehicle isn't just burning rubber at every acceleration. The expansive 20×12-inch rear wheels find their home under custom flares, harmoniously melding with the car's frame. And when it's time to decelerate, Wilwood brakes on each corner ensure that this machine stops as impressively as it moves.
Diving into the heart of the car, Alex left no stone unturned. The inside of this Mustang is an ode to contemporary luxury. Plush custom interiors envelop the seats, door panels, and center armrest, creating an ambiance of modern elegance. Subtle blue backlighting softly illuminates the interiors, complemented by advanced digital gauges, enhancing the driving experience.
While 'restomod' is a term that finds itself sprinkled generously across many projects, this 1965 Mustang truly embodies the essence of the term. It's not just a visual delight but a symphony of engineering and design. And as the small-block roars to life, its melodious exhaust notes reverberating, one is reminded of the beautiful blend of the old and the new.