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Modified Mustangs & Fords’ 2013 Car of the Year
Picking our annual best of the best
Now in its third year, Modified Mustangs & Fords’ 2013 Car of the Year contest presented by National Parts Depot was just as stacked as ever. In addition to a bevvy of great ponycars, there were also several non-Mustang models that challenged the normal Mustang hierarchy—cars like Bruce Schureman’s Boss-inspired Ranchero, George Bickel Sr.’s ’56 Ford Fairlane Victoria, as well as the cammer-powered and extremely well-detailed ’57 Ford Ranchero of Paul Kistler. There’s also Mick Fabar’s crazy, diesel-powered ’67 Falcon XR from down under. When it came time to voting here at MM&F headquarters, the Mustangs once again took the majority of votes, however.
The kind folks at National Parts Depot are back to reward our winners with gift certificates, and of course our parent company, Source Interlink Media, will send our finalists their own custom laminated plaque to commemorate their inclusion in Modified Mustangs & Fords Car Of The Year contest.
1969 Ford Mustang SportsRoof
Owner: Tom Izzo
Straight from the factory, the Boss 302 Mustangs qualified as modified Mustangs, and Tom Izzo’s Grabber Blue reincarnation of Ford’s factory racer reaches out and grabs your attention immediately. Look further into the build and you’ll find updated suspension and braking, as well as the hottest crate engine out there right now under the hood. Leaving that Coyote 5.0-liter alone would not be fitting of Izzo’s shop, Speed Inc., so a Roush intercooled supercharger forces air down its throat to the tune of 567 rwhp. It’s a combination that offers exceptional driveability, making the overall enjoyment factor trend upward with every squeeze of the throttle.
While not over-the-top customized, Izzo’s SportsRoof takes a perfect, classic package and delivers it with all of the modern upgrades one could want. We couldn’t find a flaw in the package, which is why we picked it for Modified Mustangs & Fords magazine’s Car Of The Year. -Photos by Dominic Damato
Ford Racing 5.0L Ti-VCT “Coyote” crate engine with Roush R2300 2.3L Supercharger
567 rwhp at 6,500 rpm, 510 lb-ft of torque, 4,800 rpm at the rear wheels
Tremec TKO600 five-speed manual (2.87 First gear) with 26-spline input shaft
Heidts IFS and bolt-in four-link rear suspension, including Panhard bar, billet coilover shocks
Heidts 11-inch front disc brakes with PBR calipers, Mustang (SN-95) 11.5-inch rear disc brakes
Circle Racing Wheels Magnum with Nitto NT05 tires
Original-appearing black vinyl upholstery, ACC original-style carpet, Billet Specialties steering wheel, Auto Meter LED gauges set in a Year One dashboard insert
Original-appearing Boss 302-style; body restored and painted ’70 Grabber Blue by All Autobody (Elk Grove, Illinois); fiberglass hoodscoop; and Boss 302 graphics applied by Stickerdude Designs
1966 Ford Mustang Fastback
Owner: Karl Williams
Drawing from similar vintage racing design cues, Karl William’s T-5R Mustang fastback picked up the second most votes in our competition. Designed and built by the pros at Pure Vision Design, William’s fastback has been equipped with dozens of custom touches that contribute to its European racing theme.
We like the lightweight elements to the car, especially as wrapped in the lightweight early body style, and the Martini Racing livery is a refreshing change from the normal Shelby G.T. 350 dress. Its design and equipment is performance driven, and that’s probably our favorite thing about it. -Photos by Drew Phillips
Ford “quad-cam” DOHC 292ci Indy racing engine, circa 1966
Aluminum cylinder heads with dual overhead camshafts mounted “upside down” for conventional exhaust-outlet orientation
Electronic fuel injection by Ed Pink Racing Engines using Holley Dominator ECM
426 hp at 7,000 rpm, 362 lb-ft at 5,600 rpm
C&R Racing NASCAR-type four-speed manual
Ford 9-inch-type, C&R Racing nodular third-member
Detroit Speed and Engineering Mustang Aluma-Frame cast-aluminum front clip with tubular control arms, adjustable coilovers and stabilizer bar; Detroit Speed and Engineering four-link, including Panhard bar, coilover shocks, stabilizer bar, and subframe connectors
Wilwood disc brakes with 13-inch rotors and six-piston calipers
EVOD Industries custom 1966 Lotus Ford Indy-style wheels
Kuhmo Escta V710 tires
Fabricated aluminum gauge panel; custom instruments; dashboard-mounted Lucas switches and warning lights; Rally clock and chronograph; navigator foot support; period-correct Momo Prototipo steering wheel with quick-release hub; two-piece transmission cover plate
’13 Porsche Carrera White exterior color with Martini Racing stripes (painted by Mick Jenkins); rear roll pan with airflow screens for the diff cooler; Maier fiberglass hood, fenders, bumpers, lower valance and ’69 Mustang chin spoiler; modified front fascia with tucked bumper; Talbot rearview mirror; front and rear fenders flared approximately 2 inches; European-spec taillight lenses; relocated firewall; air inlets molded into the radiator core support; fabricated recess in the inner fender for the oil reservoir