Monthly Archive: November 2012

Nov 30

Retrobuilt 1969 Mustang Fastback

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Transforming A Late Model Mustang Into A Classic Hot Rod



Blink your eyes and take another look. While all visual cues may be telling your brain that you are staring at a near-pristine 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Fastback, it's all a carefully crafted illusion - a very clever façade.

Hidden beneath that glistening Yellow Blaze paint, below the sculpted fiberglass and steel body panels, is a 2013 Ford Mustang GT. The retro-coupe features power-operated sport buckets with lumbar support, ice-cold air conditioning, six airbags and a full factory warranty. Lest anyone forget, it also comes with a modern fuel-injected 5.0-liter V8 generating 420 horsepower.

The team at Retrobuilt, out of Lamar, Missouri, is known for recreating Carroll Shelby's iconic cars of yesteryear. Yet instead of restoring worn classics to like-new condition, a process that delivers an immaculate muscle car yet retains all of its undesirable traits, they fabricate classics on current-generation Ford S197-platforms. In their own words, they "allow auto enthusiasts to benefit from the technology and manufacturing of a modern Ford Mustang while combining the classic styling of 1969 muscle cars."

Retrobuilt recently invited us to drive its 1969 Fastback mere days after its debut at the 2012 Specialty Equipment Market Association's trade show (SEMA) in Las Vegas. To make things a bit more interesting, and gauge public opinion, we chose to meet them at the entrance to Southern California's famed Mulholland Highway.

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Nov 28

FLOWMASTER Rebate: Up To $100 Off Mustang Exhaust Systems!

Flowmaster AmericanMuscle Rebate

Savings In Time For The Holiday Season!

Flowmaster is bringing on the holiday cheers early this year by offering between $25 – $100 off every axle-back and catback exhaust system AmericanMuscle has to offer. If you were looking for that perfect gift but don’t want to shell out full price for an exhaust, this year Flowmaster has you covered. Purchases must be made before December 31st (12/31/2012) and must be postmarked prior to February 15th(02/15/2013). Make a Mustang owner on your wish list extra thankful this year while saving some green and go with a Flowmaster axle-back or catback exhaust.

Download the rebate form HERE and make sure you mail it to Flowmaster by Feb. 15th!

 

Nov 26

NEWS: Say Goodbye to the Boss 302 Ford Mustang

Boss Laguna Seca

Laguna Seca BOSS: Imaging by Motor Trend Magazine

Some people may have expected this, but a certain Mustang model won’t be returning to the order list for the 2014 model year. This Mustang was brought back to life in 2012 to pay tribute to the ultra popular classic born in 1969, the original Boss 302. Production ended after the 1970 model year, giving it only a two year run.  That’s right, there’s not going to be a 2014 Boss 302! Just like the classic version, the plan was to limit the modern Boss 302 to only two years as well. Sad news for the hordes of people out there hoping for their shot at owning a brand new 2014 Boss 302.

The modern 444-hp beast has been extremely popular all over the world, seen at drag strips, car shows and events everywhere. The heart is powered by a 5.0-liter Coyote putting out 380 ft. lbs. of torque. There’s no denying that the stock exhaust note is aggressive alone and it looks ridiculously badass straight out of the gate! And who can resist that old-school hockey stick styling with that aggressive stance on an S-197 Mustang? Opt for a Boss 302 Laguna Seca and you have a powerhouse with only a few mods, placing this Mustang into the “track-only” category. It accelerates from 0 – 60 in approximately 4.0 seconds and gets a ¼ mile time of about 12.4 seconds at 115 miles per hour. Pardon us for not mentioning earlier that this thing is a BEAST straight from the factory.

With the Boss disappearing, it may sadden a few enthusiasts. While the Shelby GT500 is no joke with its incredible 662 horses, the Boss has been considered a more balanced car all around by many, including Jay Leno. The Boss 302 was hailed the 5th best ride via MotorTrend’s 2011 Best Driver’s Car competition, beating out the Z06 Corvette in the process. The magazine had nothing but compliments about the car that they’ve labeled “the best Mustang ever built.” Clearly, this Mustang has upheld the BOSS legacy with flying colors.

Are you sad to see the Boss 302 leave the lineup? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!


BOSS 302 Mustang

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