Restomods – Like Hipsters?


I was watching Velocity the other day and saw a 60s era VW Beetle outfitted with an electric powerplant take on a modded dual carb VW that was tuned for the track and the electric car won. The guy that commissioned the build was a hipster looking dude and it reminded me of this infographic comparing hipsters to Restomod Mustangs.

A restomod Mustang melds the classic looks of first-generation models from the 1960s with modern engines, brakes, steering and suspension for reliable everyday driving and all-around performance most old muscle cars can’t even approach. You can buy or build what is essentially a brand-new 1965 to 1970 Mustang with any engine you want–including the 5.0-liter ‘Coyote’ V8 found in the 2014 Mustang GT.

Gavin Knapp is senior manager, market research, Specialty Equipment Market Association, a trade group that represents manufacturers of automotive specialty products such as the parts used for restorations and restomods.

“The street rod and custom segment, which includes restomods has continued to grow at a steady pace, totaling $1.19 billion in 2012, up from $954 million in 2005,” said Knapp.. “For comparison, the traditional restoration market has been relatively flat over the last several years.”

Restomods can be built to fit a wide range of budget and performance needs and it’s a trend that is becoming more popular with options from basic upgrades to brand-new vintage cars. Unlike some of the hipsters serving up your coffee, a Ford Mustang is never aloof or pretentious either.

Tell us about your experience incorporating modern touches on your classic Mustang.

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Rare 1970s Ford Mustang Mach I Cobra Jet to be Auctioned

Vicari 1970 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet

The Vicari Auction Company will offer a rare 1970 Ford Mustang Mach I Super Cobra Jet (Lot S373) during their 16th annual Biloxi Auction, Oct. 12-13, 2012, at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum & Convention Center in Biloxi, Miss.

In 1970, there were 50 Super Cobra Jet Mach I Mustangs produced with the Bright Gold Metallic paint sported by this vehicle. Of those, two were produced with a 4.30 Traction-Lok Rear Axle and only one – this Mach I offered by Vicari – was ordered with Power Front Disc Brakes.

The Mach I Mustang features a 428 CID 4V Super Cobra Jet engine with a four speed close ratio manual transmission and drag pack. Other options include AM radio, competition suspension, color-keyed racing mirrors, console-mounted shift lever, rim blow-deluxe steering wheel, instrument gauges, rocker panel moldings, rear deck lid tape stripe, deep dish sports wheel covers and color-keyed carpeting.

“This muscle car is a Mustang collector’s dream come true as it’s not only very rare, but it has been maintained in museum-like quality,” said Pete Vicari, president of Vicari Auction. “In 1970, there were only 857 Mach I vehicles equipped with the 428 Super Cobra Jet/Drag Pack.”

The Mustang Mach I Super Cobra Jet will join more than 400 classic and muscle cars crossing the block at Vicari’s Biloxi Auction, which takes place during the Cruisin’ The Coast event, Oct. 7-14, 2012.

General admission to the auction is $12.50 per day. Additional consignment and bidder information is available at or by calling 504.875.3563.

About Vicari Auction

The Vicari Auction Company hosts fast-paced, high energy auctions along the Gulf Coast, offering an entertaining destination to car collectors, enthusiasts and travelers. Pete Vicari, a lifelong enthusiast who purchased his first car – a 1940 Ford – at the age of 12, turned his passion into a successful business with the launch of Vicari Auction in November 1995. The company prides itself on personal service, providing cars for everyone from the avid collector to the first-time buyer.

For more information, contact Vicari Auction at 1900 Destrehan Ave., Harvey, LA 70058; call 504.875.3563; or visit

Schedule: Vicari Biloxi Auction
Mississippi Coast Coliseum & Convention Center
2350 Beach Blvd.
Biloxi, MS 39531
Oct. 12-13, 2012
Preview: Gates open at 8 a.m. Thursday-Saturday
Auction: Vehicles begin at 10 a.m. Friday & Saturday
Admission: $12.50/day

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1965 Shelby GT350R Goes for Almost $1MM at Auction

1965 Shelby GT350R


The incredibly rare 1965 Shelby GT350R is quite possibly the most sought after and valuable of all Shelby Mustangs with just 34 built.

They hardly ever come up for sale, and when they do they can get near-seven figure prices. The car you see pictured here is one such example, selling this week at the RM auction in Monterey, CA for an incredible $990,000. The auction estimated the GT350R’s price tag to be between $900,000 and $1,300,000, meaning someone got a fairly good deal on a historic Mustang.

The Shelby GT350R that was sold, chassis number SFM5R106, is one of the most original examples in existence with less than 4,900 miles and the original engine and transmission. Originally owned by Richard Jordan, the car was raced in Midwestern SCCA national events until the early 1970s. After its racing career the car was placed into storage until 1986 when it was purchased and restored. Since that time the car has been perfectly maintained and is very original down to its plexiglass and magnesium wheels. The original Shelby American paperwork including invoices, titles, racing photos and more remains with the car.

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1964 1/2 Ford Mustang Convertible

Check out the 1964 Ford Mustang in all it’s glory! Find 64 Ford Mustangs for sale, pictures, convertables, wheels & parts. The “Fastback 2+2” was’nt an available option in the 1964½ model, but started to be manufactured on August 17, 1964.


1964 1/2 Ford Mustang convertible.



1964 1/2 Ford Mustang Convertible

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1964 Ford Mustang

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1964 Mustang Convertable

1965 Ford Mustang

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1965 Ford Mustang GT

1966 Ford Mustang

Behold the 1966 Ford Mustang in all it’s beauty Locate 66 Ford Mustangs for sale, pictures, convertables, wheels & parts. The revised 1966 model was essentially unchanged, however featured new side scoops, a new grill and gas cap, in addition to the deletion of the 4 bars coming out of the Mustang emblem in the grill.

1966 Ford Mustang Sprint

1967 Ford Mustang

Behold, the 1967 Ford Mustang in all of it’s beauty Check out 67 Ford Mustangs for sale, pictures, convertables, wheels & parts. From 1967 all the way through 1973, the Ford Mustang got much bigger, however not much more powerful.

1967 Ford Mustang Shelby GT 500

1968 Ford Mustang

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1968 Mustang GT500

1969 Ford Mustang

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1969 Boss 429

1970 Ford Mustang

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1970 Ford Mustang Mach 1 351 2V

1971 Ford Mustang

Behold, the 1971 Ford Mustang in all of it’s beauty Check out 71 Ford Mustangs for sale, pictures, convertables, wheels & parts. The 1971 Mustang was about 3 inches more wide than the 1970 model,and its front and rear track also fattened out by 3 inches.

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1972 Ford Mustang

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1972 Ford Mustang 'Sprint' Edition

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2012 Boss 302: The Backstory

Grabber Blue 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca

For 2012, Mustang Boss revives a legendary name known for uncompromising performance on the road and the track. Arriving in 1969, the first Mustang Boss was forged from a simple mandate by Ford management to the designers and engineers: Create a Mustang that would be unbeatable on SCCA race courses and local drag strips alike.

By then, Mustang sales success was assured thanks to its sporty nature. As a true high-performance icon, however, the car’s history had yet to be written. That changed when company leadership decided to pursue dominance in the popular SCCA Trans-Am road racing series. They chose to homologate their new NASCAR 429 engine using the Mustang, directing engineers to begin creating performance that would become legendary.

The result – Boss – spanned three engine configurations across two Mustang bodystyles, each of which remains a coveted classic among enthusiasts and collectors today.

1969-70 Boss 302

With styling tweaked by newly arrived Ford designer Larry Shinoda, the new-for-1969 Boss 302 sported front and rear spoilers, a blacked-out hood treatment, and racy side stripes for a look that screamed performance.

Under the bodywork, the Boss 302 didn’t disappoint. Its engine combined a four-bolt main Windsor small-block with reworked heads from the then-new 351 Cleveland engine. A forged steel crankshaft, connecting rods and pistons rounded out the reciprocating assembly. The result was a free-breathing, high-revving powerplant making what Ford claimed was 290 gross horsepower – though actual output is estimated to be significantly higher.

Ford engineers also thoroughly massaged the Mustang’s suspension in an effort to meet then-boss Semon “Bunkie” Knudsen’s mandate to “build absolutely the best-handling street car available on the American market.” Stiffer springs and shocks, special sway-bar tuning, a stiffened chassis and wide tires led to the fastest Mustang ever to lap the Ford test track up to that point.

1970 Boss 302



1969 BOSS 429

1969-70 Boss 302 specifications:

  • Engine: 302-cubic-inch (5.0-liter) OHV V8
  • Horsepower/torque (advertised):
  • 290 hp @ 5800 rpm/290 lb.-ft. @ 4300 rpm
  • Transmission: Four-speed manual
  • Production: 8,641

1969-70 Boss 429

While the Boss 302 was intended to be a perfectly balanced road race car, the Boss 429 had a decidedly different mission in life – uncompromised acceleration. Although the exterior appearance was similar to that of the Boss 302, the 429 engine under the hood was a heavily detuned version of a new Ford NASCAR racing powerplant.

The choice of Mustang as the model used to meet the 429’s homologation requirements – rules dictating a certain number of a manufacturer’s stock car engines were actually sold in production vehicles – was considered unusual given that Torino was Ford’s NASCAR flagship at the time. Plus, the effort required to shoehorn the huge 429 between the narrow Mustang shock towers dictated that the cars were heavily modified under the skin – work farmed out to Ford vendor Kar Kraft. Much of the front suspension was re-engineered to make the transplant work, and the battery was relocated to the trunk to provide additional room.

Even with special chassis bracing and a unique rear sway bar, the “Boss Nine” was at its best when pointed in a straight line: With a few owner modifications to undo the factory detuning, the car could yield quarter-mile times in the low-12-second range. That performance, coupled with big-block appeal and low production numbers, has conspired to make the Boss 429 perhaps the peak of Mustang collectibility.

1969 Boss 429


1970 BOSS 302



1969-70 Boss 429 specifications:

  • Engine: 429-cubic-inch (7.0-liter) OHV V8
  • Horsepower/torque (advertised):
  • 375 hp @ 5200 rpm/450 lb.-ft. @ 3400 rpm
  • Transmission: Four-speed manual
  • Production: 1,356

1971 Boss 351

Boss returned for one more year, this time wearing the new-for-1971 sheet metal marking a longer, lower and wider Mustang than ever before. Under the hood, changes were equally dramatic, with the company’s 351 Cleveland V8 supplying the basis for motivation, matched as always with a four-speed manual gearbox. But with Ford pulling out of all factory-sponsored motorsports after 1970, the Boss 351 was denied a key element cementing the status of its predecessors: the proof testing provided by an official racing program.

Still, the Boss 351 offered exciting performance and eye-catching looks aided by the 60-degree sloping fastback body and twin-scoop contrasting hood. Interiors also gained luxury options; coupled with the improved tractability of the 351 Cleveland engine, it was easier for prospective buyers to turn this final early Boss into a comfortable high-speed cruiser than was possible with the race-bred 302 and 429 iterations.

1971 Boss 351


1971 BOSS 351


1971 Boss 351 specifications:

  • Engine: 351-cubic-inch (5.8-liter) OHV V8
  • Horsepower/torque (advertised):
  • 330 hp @ 5800 rpm/380 lb.-ft. @ 3400 rpm
  • Transmission: Four-speed manual
  • Production: 1,806


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