How would you like a brand new old-style Mustang â€“ at prices starting from just over Â£120k?
Few cars generate as much reaction as the Ford Mustang. A full half-century on from its launch, even the non-motoring nut recognises the iconic status of the first â€˜everymanâ€™ American-built sports coupÃ© â€“Â and the performance potential of its rortier-engined variants.
Some classic examples of those star-motor â€˜Stangs fetch big money, well into six figures irrespective of whether youâ€™re talking dollars or pounds. And having bought one, would you be that keen to degrade your investment by driving it? Probably not.
Itâ€™s a problem that looks like being solved by US-based builders Classic Recreations. Theyâ€™ve been given an official licence by the Ford Motor Company to build upgraded, turnkey versions of the Boss 429 Mustangs from 1969-70, along with the Boss 302 and Mach 1 from the same period.
These recreations don’t just have brand-new â€˜crateâ€™ engines â€“Â the bodies are new, too, supplied by Ford. Itâ€™s like Mercedes supplying Brabus with factory-fresh Pagoda SL bodies from the 1960s, or Singer being given similarly sparkling 911S bodies by Porsche. Hard to imagine, but itâ€™s actually happening with this Ford venture.
The crate engines arenâ€™t just the expected Ecoboost fours or Coyote V8s, either. A 350bhp Coyote will power CRâ€™s Mach 1 and 302 cars, hooked up to a Tremec manual gearbox, but Classic Recreations can also do you an updated 7.0-litre 429 V8 with electronic fuel injection and a fat 670bhp. Youâ€™ll get power steering and Wilwood brakes, plus the options of air-con, sat-nav, leather and even right-hand drive. Itâ€™s only money.
If you want to see one, the first Classic Recreations Boss 429 built from an original body will be displayed at the SEMA show later in 2018. Up to that point, you can dribble over their websiteÂ and configurator to build your own dream Mustang at prices starting from $170,000 for a Boss 302 or a Mach 1, or $200k for a 429.