The MM&F Staff
December 18, 2013

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.

WINNER

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

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THE DETAILS

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 9-inch

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



FIRST RUNNER-UP

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

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THE DETAILS

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

SECOND RUNNER-UP

1964 1⁄2 Mustang Coupe
Owner: Renee Breads

In choosing a Second Runner-Up, the choice became much more difficult. It was tough to decide for sure. In the end, Renee Breads’ coupe was the majority winner for this award. The exterior lines are super simple and covered in a factory color for easy repair. And that’s a good thing seeing as this is Renee’s daily driver.

Equipped with a late-model 3V 4.6-liter and five-speed manual powertrain, this coupe offers improved and reliable performance, as well as an interior that envelopes its occupants with custom upholstery and modern amenities. If you’re not into racing, this might be your ideal ride, but we don’t doubt this coupe can turn just as well as it sits in traffic. -Photos by Cesar Andre

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THE DETAILS

Ford 4.6L Three-Valve Modular V-8 from an ’08 Shelby GT

Tremec 3650 five-speed manual

Ford 8-inch rearend

Rod & Custom Motorsports IFS and power rack-and-pinion steering

Stock leaf springs and shocks

Wilwood disc brakes, 11-inch rotors, four-piston calipers

Budnik Ice wheels with Yokohama YK580 tires

Custom tan leather upholstery by 714 Motorsports; Budnik Ice steering wheel; Auto Meter Pro Comp Ultra Lite instruments; Cerullo bucket seats; modified rear bench seat; custom console; upholstered and carpeted trunk

’08 GM Crystal Red basecoat/clearcoat by Pete Santini; filled-in cowl vent; custom front grille; smoothed front valance; narrowed and smoothed rear bumper