Florida tuner gives old Ford Mustang a new Mustang engine and chassis
VMC reveals latest ‘Signature Series’ offering: a 460bhp 5.0-litre classic pony car
Though the recipe may be familiar, it’s no less appetising, nor delicious. A Florida-based tuner called Velocity Modern Classics has revealed its latest restomod offering, which takes the form of the delectable Mk1 Ford Mustang Fastback you see above.
While you scurry around trying to suddenly find the funds necessary to purchase such an item, a few details that, once again, many regular TopGear.com readers will likely be familiar with.
VMC starts with a brand new ‘Roadster Shop’ chassis (a new, purpose built spec frame devoid of rust and holes and fifty years of neglect), said to feature “exceptional stability and handling”. To this new metal comes fully independent front and four-link rear suspension with adjustable Fox coilovers. So it’ll ride and steer better than the ’67 car, in any case.
It’ll also be considerably faster, thanks to the fitment of a Gen III 5.0-litre Coyote V8 (the one in the most recent Mustang) which delivers its 460bhp and 420lb ft of torque to the rear wheels in a much more urgent fashion, via either a ten-speed automatic or six-speed manual gearbox. We’re told there’s a custom stainless steel exhaust so noise shouldn’t be an issue.
Nor should stopping the thing, thanks to Baer four-piston calipers and massive discs all round, together with a Bosch ‘iBooster’ that “ensures the Mustang stops on a dime”. They hide behind 17in aluminium alloys, while the exterior modifications run to custom paint, a vented bonnet, lots of chrome and of course, LED lights. This is a restomod after all.
The interior’s had a once-over too, featuring vast amounts of leather, bucket seats, and details like brushed metal and chrome componentry.
Should one require more velocity from their classic Mustangs, Velocity offers what it calls a ‘Street Series’ that gets a carbon fibre driveshaft, better coilovers, bigger wheels and racing stripes, the latter of which – as you know – add at least one hundred horsepower. Or so we heard.
“We set out to capture the timeless essence of the original while providing the performance and safety of a modern vehicle,” said VMC boss Jeremy Hans. “We definitely accomplished that with our latest creation.”
No word on price, but as per the now-familiar recipe, it’ll likely be a big one.
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