Enthusiasts I Drove A $169,000 Ford Mustang And My Favorite Part Was Everything
18:59 11 march 2018
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Ford likely revealing Bullitt Mustang at Detroit Auto Show
This on top of the likely Barrett-Jackson auction Jan. 19.We reported earlier this week that the Bullitt was likely to appear Jan. 19 at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Ariz., where Ford is selling a "special new Ford Mustang" with proceeds to benefit the Boys Republic, a school for troubled teens in Chino Hills, Calif., from which McQueen graduated in 1946 and where he visited throughout his movie career.
I was blasé about driving the Classic Recreations Ford Mustang GT500 because of its name. “Recreation” sounds like “copy”, and why bother with a knockoff when you’re spending six figures on a car? But between the look, sound, and that shifter, this is easily one of the most exciting cars I’ve ever driven.
If you’re looking for a shop that does to classic Mustangs kind of whatdoes to older Porsche 911s, this just might be your ticket. Classic Recreations does artful takes on iconic designs with a modest dose of modernization. And not surprisingly, it rules. Hard.
Ford Confirms 2019 Mustang Shelby GT500 With Over 700 HP
A brand new teaser from the Blue Oval says the super Shelby will return in 2019. It seems Ford is pulling out all the stops for its Mustang fans ahead of the 2018 Detroit Auto Show. Hot on the heels of a new Mustang Bullitt now comes an official teaser for the new Shelby GT500 Mustang, shown both on Ford’s Facebook page and YouTube account. Research 2018 ford mustang See Full Specs See Pricing The video appears to be computer rendered, showing a current-generation Mustang with serious hood louvers, and honking big spoiler, and a promise of over 700 horsepower.
(Full disclosure: Classic Recreations’ PR agency contacted me and offered me a chance to drive this vehicle for several hours, but the catch was I had to also drive a. The valley hadn’t caught fire yet, so driving up to Kahn Media’s office to play with these monsters was a pretty easy sell.)
The O.G. fastback Ford Mustang never went out of style, but it did go out of production about 50 years ago.
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While they’re fairly common today, owing to their massive success when they were new, the really special cars are far from cheap. The ones with’s name on them can land in the $200,000 neighborhood, according to the beancounters at . That’s if you can find somebody willing to part with theirs, and then you pretty much have to take what you can get as far as color and configuration goes.
Jay Leno Chased By Original Bullitt Mustang While Driving New One
Watch and listen as he gets seat time in both cars. Barely 24 hours after Ford unveiled the new 2019 Mustang Bullitt – not to mention dropping a Bullitt bomb by bringing the original movie car out of hiding – Jay Leno is already taking hot laps in both. Actually, we’re pretty sure those laps occurred some time ago considering the amount of green grass and obvious lack of snow shown in the clip, which was clearly shot at Ford’s proving grounds in Dearborn, Michigan. Being a very rich and famous car guy does have its perks.
Alternatively, you could take your tens of thousands of dollars to Classic Recreations. The Yukon, Oklahoma-based outfit takes original ’65 to ’68 Mustang fastback bodies, strips them bare, and basically fabricates an entirely new car below the classic shell.
says each car takes about four months, nearly 2,500 labor hours, to execute. The result is a completely custom-made car that looks like the quintessential Hollywood badass-mobile and feels as delightfully dramatic as every gear-shift cut from a Fast & Furious movie.
Theputs the starting price of the GT500CR “Classic Shelby” I drove here at $169,000. As you can see, the idea is to keep the car as aesthetically and spiritually as close to the 1960s original as possible. The GT500CR ; a more aggressive car for a little more money. Jalopnik Editor Emeritus Matt Hardigree actually and loved it, but I think I’ll keep the extra 20 grand and stick with the old school style myself.
Ford is Taking Orders for the 2019 Bullitt
To celebrate the 50 years since the automotive cult-classic movie Bullitt, Ford has announced that it's taking orders for the 2019 Mustang Bullitt. This car isn't just some badges, fancy keys, and different floor mats. In fact, they've removed most of the badging and included some stout performance elements with this special Mustang.The engine shares the intake manifold with the GT350 and breathes a bit easier with an open-air intake and 87mm throttle body. A unique power control module will be added to make all 480 ponies and 420 lb.-ft of torque work to get the car to its 163 mph top speed in a hurry.
Technically it can’t be a real Shelby Mustang, and it’s not a Ford factory product. But Carroll Shelby’s endorsement of this recreation—they’ve been at this a while—is official. So while the car might not appreciate as much as a true oldie, but at least you can feel validation when you see Shelby’s name stitched into the center console.
This GT500 feels vintage. The steering wheel is smooth and thin, kind of lithe but stately like mid-century modern furniture which also happens to be hot again now. All the switches are metal, so even turning on the headlights feels important.
From the moment you push the door button, which has the perfect CLICK, to the mildly intimidating key-turning and the rumble that comes after, the car seems legendary in all the right ways.
But of course, unlike a car that’s actually been on the road or in a barn for 50 years, everything here is tight. The engine starts without a special dance of fuel priming and prayer. Behind every wonderfully archaic physical control is a computer-powered electronic system or a brand-new engineered mechanism.
Ford to bring new Mustang to 2019 Cup series
Ford has confirmed that it will introduce the Mustang for the 2019 NASCAR Cup Series. It currently runs the Fusion in the top-tier Cup series and it is the oldest make on the grid after Chevrolet introduced its new Camaro for 2018, a year after Toyota brought an updated Camry.There had been speculation throughout the 2018 season that Ford would introduce a new car and its leading teams such as Penske and Wood Brothers had asked for improvements to the current car over the off-season.The Mustang has already competed in the Xfinity series, but will now replace the Fusion in Cup next year.
Stepping on the gas takes it to a whole other level, and just wait until you meet the shifter.
Classic Recreations offers a few options for power. The car we’re talking about here has a 427 cubic inch engine rated to 545 horsepower, fuel injected, and fierce as a hungry gorilla in a grocery store.
Despite its scary-high horsepower figure, the car’s clutch felt fairly forgiving and you can get underway without embarrassing yourself easily enough.
Palming the spherical shift knob was a treat in of itself- the ergonomics of wrapping your mitt around a cue ball just feels correct. But even a ginger pull of the shifter from first to second gear is enough to convince you that you’ve just found the best part of the car.
This Mustang’s Tremec manual transmission lever is almost long enough to look like it was lifted out of a tractor, and robust as an I-beam. Using it makes you feel invincible, as every [CLANG] single [CHUNK] shift [CLACK] has the drama and weight of knights locked in combat.
Does Tremec make a manual transmission for your car? You should find out, and if they do, start saving up because operating this thing was far and away the coolest part of this very neat car. Imagine the snappy decisiveness of one of Honda’s legendary six-speeds with the weight of the throttle lever on a 747.
Ford Mustang coming to NASCAR Cup Series for first time in 2019
Two years ago, it was the new Toyota Camry. Then it was the new Chevy Camaro this season. Now it's Ford's turn to debut a new model for the NASCAR Cup Series. Now it's Ford's turn to debut a new model for the NASCAR Cup Series.
The car is fast, to be sure, but its theatrics are what make it so much fun. The thing spits and crackles as it rolls to a stop. A gentle squeeze of the gas is all it takes to step the tail out off a stop sign. Suspension on the soft side makes the car comfortable in regular driving, and true to its old school nature when you start to push it.
We’ve seen plenty of takes on the idea of “old-meets-new” in custom cars, and I’m not here to say Classic Recreation’s approach with this build is the only correct one. But even though this ’60s Mustang isn’t really entirely old, there’s no whiff of “knockoff” anywhere near it.
The car’s palpable power, rambunctious personality and shoulder-swinging swagger just make it a freaking ball to drive and reactions it gets from everybody in its wake make the experience unforgettable.
If you have an old Mustang and a big pile of cash, I can think of far less rewarding things to do than this.
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