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by Adam Lynton
While Ford is expected to go with a more contemporary design for the next Mustang, some are still holding on to the past with these retro takes on the iconic pony car.
Ford is more or less done with the retro look. The latest sketches for the new Mustang prove as much, with the iconic sportscar donning a sleeker and more aerodynamic look to match its smaller and more fuel-efficient engine. This is crushing to many Mustang aficionados, especially those who are old enough to remember the iconic pony cars of the mid-to-late 1960s. If you consider yourself a fan of this bygone area, continue below to find modern recreations of classic Mustang models, including the '69 Shelby GT500 Convertible. Retro Mustangs with modern parts, what's not to love?
For a sizable fee you can own your very own ultra-modern 1965 Shelby G.T.350CR. This contemporary throwback is built by Classic Recreations. New additions include a tubular sub frame chassis with a cosmetic roll bar, coilover suspension on the front and rear and oversized bars. On the inside a Pioneer CD Player with a removable face, four-channel amplifiers, coxial speakers and an Old Air Products A/C system were also added. The entry-level 7.0-liter V8 offers 545 hp while the most powerful model cranks out 1000 hp. Pricing starts at $119,000.
All it takes to get your hands on Retrobuilt's 1969 Shelby GT500 is a 5.0 Mustang Convertible from 2005 or earlier. The company will replace everything on your Stang, save for the doors, adding fiberglass parts designed to give your ride a retro look. HID headlights, vinyl striping and a Shelby wheel and tire package come standard. There's also an option to add a supercharger, Baer brakes and to lower the suspension.
Eckert's Rod Shop has built the equivalent of a retro Frankenstein monster. The Mach40 has the body of a 1969 Mustang Mach 1 and the powertrain of a GT40. Powering this beast is a supercharged 5.4-liter engine. Oh, it's also flex-fuel. Power output is said to be 850 hp.
In addition to offering a convertible Mustang circa 1965, Classic Recreations also builds the G.T.500CR circa 1967. Modern additions to the remake include state-of-the-art suspension, power rack and pinion steering and a Tremec five-speed manual transmission. The hand-built 427 cubic inch 7.0-liter V8 with direct injection comes in at 545 hp. The next-level G.T.500CR 900S features an F1-R Intercooled ProCharger supercharger that pushes performance to 780 hp.
If you're in the market for a low-end retro Mustang then you might want to check out this hack job from India's Big Daddy Custom. The shop slapped a body kit onto a Chevy Optra in an attempt to make it look like the Shelby GT500, better known as the "Eleanor" Mustang. If you absolutely need to own a retro Mustang and don't have a bunch of cash to spend then this isn't a bad route. It's not good, but it could be worse.