Classifieds Hero: 1965 Ford Mustang Restomod
Tastless to some, mouthwatering to others – this 1965 Mustang is Marmite on wheels.
There are several ways to gain yourself a slice of Americana. You can go for purebred, concours pre-war rarities, muscle cars or mouldy chunks of garish Reagan-era 1980s saloons. However, for those thinking outside the box there is one other path: customisation.
The mere mumbling of the word can turn mild-mannered car enthusiasts into raving liabilities. Poorly undertaken or tasteless mods can often result in a frenzied seizure – however, what we have here can be left open for debate. It might not be to everyone’s taste, but there is no denying that this particular Mustang has presence and will certainly turn heads.
Apparently it howls like a Coyote in a bear trap, with enough power through the wheels to destroy a set of tyres within the hour. Originally a 1965 Ford Mustang, the factory driveline has been substituted for the powerplant from a modern equivalent. The original shape, with modern drivetrain – a potential recipe for sleeper hit of the year.
Using a 2013 5.0-litre Ford Racing 32-valve ‘Coyote’ V8 with Ti-VCT (Twin Independent Variable Cam Timing) under the hood, paired to five-speed Tremec manual transmission, the Mustang is also backed by a nine-inch Currie rear end. All this witchcraft makes for 400bhp, amid modern features to keep the drive as modern as possible; four-wheel Baer disc brakes with cross-drilled rotors to aid with cooling, Heidts front end and tubular A-arms and rear coilover suspension. Crust-free underneath, the dual exhausts end before the rear axle.
However, there is one thing you can’t get away from with this 2013 Mustang wearing Grandad’s suit. The exterior amplifies the Marmite effect to the max, donning a professionally completed and highly custom vinyl WW2 United States Airforce wrap, sitting over jet black paint. Almost like a slammed Dolly Mixture, the front end is yellow, the bonnet is green with a red scoop, the sides are mostly sliver and the bootlid is practically luminous. Then, there are decals straight out of a steam-punk music video – right down to the mock rivets.
The windscreen has been chopped, but the Mustang’s body panels are straight and true with an engine bay cleaner than Donald Trump's current FBI file. The five-star charcoal grey alloy wheels feature Shelby Cobra spinners, whereas the cabin offers modern touches with retro charisma. There are new Mustang GT leather bucket seats to hold you in place during power surges and hard cornering. The steering wheel is an aftermarket affair with colour-coded rims and matching door cards. In almost typical fashion for a modified pony car, the gearknob is topped with a white ball. The only thing that has been disconnected is the horn. Yet, we doubt you will need it – the paintwork is certainly loud enough.
Running on BFGoodrich G Force Sport tyres with enough grunt to leave most trains redundant, Roadrunner hasn’t got a hope in hell of escaping this Missouri-based Coyote…