Justin Fivella
May 2, 2017
Photos By: Stephen Brooks

Many gearheads feel the S197 is the perfect blend of modern muscle with throwback legitimacy thanks to its capable powertrain and huge performance. Don’t get us wrong; the newest Stang is closer to a sport scar than the marquee has ever been, but there’s something to be said for the S197 that can trace its roots back to even beyond the Fox-body.

With so much going for it and prices on certain examples of the S197 more affordable than ever, it only made sense that there were plenty of wicked examples on display at the 2017 Fabulous Fords Forever show at Knott’s Berry Farm.

“I noticed more of the S550 mods trickling down to the S197s this season, like crazy colored wheels, airbag suspension and other more show-styled parts,” Jerrid Wood, a local Mustang enthusiast said. “Honestly, I think the ’07-’09 Shelby GT500s are the best deal going and something I’m interested in. They can easily make a lot of power with simple mods and there’s just something special about the Shelby cars,” he added.

If you own an S197 or you’re considering one for your next Mustang, here’s what was hot in sunny SoCal at the 2017 Fabulous Fords Forever Show.

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