We've got stock Mustangs, Mustang tribute cars, and now, with the arrival of this 1970 sportsroof, killer Mustangs that have to be seen to be believed. Someone spent an incredible amount of time and money transforming this fastback into an incredible street brawler packing 521 cubic inches of Super Cobra Jet V8, then painted it in gorgeous 1993 Mustang Electric Red Clearcoat Metallic paint for a truly custom look. And if that wasn't enough, they added a decal package inspired by the rare Twister Special Mustangs sold in Kansas. The end result is a Mustang that runs like it has a jet engine in the trunk and looks like a million bucks.
In that definitely not from the '70s color, this Mustang looks sophisticated and modern, and you almost think that something other than the color has been changed. But no, all the sheet metal is in place just where Ford stylists put it, and it has been fully trimmed with all the original bits and pieces. The bodywork is excellent on this car, straightened and aligned to factory standards, then block sanded to make sure everything was good and flat before any paint was sprayed. Then the 2-stage Electric Red went on, and it is a subtle, understated color that is more of a burgundy candy than a bright red, I have it on my own Mustang and it gets A LOT of compliments from people who just don't believe it's factory paint. This car has also been dressed up with decals that are a kind of blend of the Mach 1 decals and those from a batch of 96 1970 Mustangs called Twister Specials that were built for dealers in Kansas. So no, they're not 100% authentic for this car, but they are representative of the builder's vision, which is all that matters here. Or perhaps his vision of a 600 horsepower big block under the hood is just too much for you?
At any rate, the rest of the trim in this car is very good. The stainless has been buffed, the chrome front and rear bumpers are fresh, and dig the trick billet aluminum hood pins. The factory satin black parts like the rear wing, chin spoiler, and window louvers are a deep satin black, and the blacked-out grille is in excellent condition. The glass is tinted all around and is scratch-free, while out back, new taillight lenses look awesome in that blacked-out tail panel.
This car started out with a 302 with a 2-barrel carburetor, but under the hood today you'll find this car's true calling card: a 521 cubic inch 429 Super Cobra Jet. With 4-bolt mains, it was bored .030 over, then stuffed with a 4.3 inch 4340 forged steel stroker crank. A set of forged H-beam rods swing forged aluminum pistons from Probe. The heads are aluminum Cobra Jet units from Ford Motorsport with stainless valves, dual valve springs with dampers, stainless roller rockers and a Comp Cams stud girdle. The cam is a Doug Herbert .680 lift solid roller unit, and induction is handled by an Edelbrock manifold and a 750 CFM Holley 4150 Stage III carb modified by Willy's Carb & Dyno Service. Ignition is by MSD. Surprisingly, it starts easily, idles well, and drives very nicely you could put your mother behind the wheel of this beast and send her to the store without any worries.
The rest of the engine compartment is dressed for show duty, so this isn't just a drag strip terror. You'll notice that the shiny exterior 2-stage paint continues to the engine bay, making a perfect background for the black-clad big block engine. That's real braided stainless hose, not the cheesy slip-over dress-up stuff, and dig the trick bolts and washers used on the inner fenders. Up top, a real Cobra Jet shaker hood scoop feeds the beast and a set of giant long-tube headers handle the exhaust chores. For reliability, a dual oil filter setup has been installed, and a positively huge aluminum radiator is used up front to keep it all cool with the assistance of an electric pusher fan as well as coolers for both engine oil and the transmission. Billet aluminum hinges with pneumatic struts open and close the hood, and a pair of trick shock tower braces keep the front end aligned under the stress of all that power.
The engine is backed by a built C6 3-speed automatic that is more than up to the task of handling all that horsepower and torque. The C6 is one of the most durable automatics out there, and properly set-up can handle as much as 1000 horsepower, so it should be right at home behind this potent big block. While you're exploring the chassis, check out those trick long-tube headers that spread the exhaust pulses evenly between both sets of pipes a racing trick designed to eke out every last horsepower from the engine. The rest of the exhaust is 100% stainless steel and features an X-pipe and Magnaflow mufflers for the right sound. You'll find everything else is properly finished undercoated for longevity and a quiet passenger compartment, as well as a fully rebuilt suspension.
There are disc brakes at all four corners, and a Strange Engineering 9-inch rear with 3.50 gears and Trac-Lok out back. Strange also supplied the axles, pinion yoke, slip yoke, and driveshaft, completing this bulletproof drivetrain combination. There's a new KYB shock at each corner, and a new gas tank in the back. 15-inch Magnum 500 wheels with Mickey Thompson rubber finish the look, and they are exactly right on this mixture of new and old Mustang.
The interior is a black leather lined cocoon of luxury and comfort. The black leather seats are from a late-model Cobra Mustang, while the steering wheel is a new leather-wrapped unit. A full roll cage has been unobtrusively installed to add strength without getting in the way, and a new headliner was installed at the same time. There's a new carpet set on the floor and the dash is stuffed full of AutoMeter Ultralight gauges. The C6 is controlled by a trick B&M shifter mounted on top of the transmission tunnel for easy access and quick manual shifts if that's what you're into. A set of new cobra-embroidered floor mats matches the embroidery on the door panels, which proudly advertise this as a 521 Super Cobra Jet.
This is another one of those very impressive cars that you just couldn't duplicate for the asking price. The engine alone is a $10,000 piece, and all the fabrication and modifications required to get it into the Mustang's engine bay must not have been easy. This Mustang is a great blend of brutal performance with some modern touches, as if Ford had built a new 1970 Mustang today. The color, the interior, the 4-wheel disc brakes all fit right in with today's hardware, but the shape of the body and the potent power plant under the hood all point to the greatest year of the muscle car era. If that kind of combination is your cup of tea, then I urge you to call us today. This is a seriously nice car that's also scary fast and incredibly easy to drive. The best of all worlds? You bet. Call now!
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