Rob Kinnan
Brand Manager, Mustang Monthly
October 1, 2015
Photos By: Lawrence “Kiwi” Bryant

A few months ago we ran a short story on Autocraft’s new project, a 1965 Mustang convertible that’s being built for James Topp and sponsored by Cigar Aficionado magazine. Autocraft, of Camarillo, California is putting a full-court press on the car to get it finished in time for the SEMA Show in Las Vegas this November, and also for the magazine’s trademark event The Big Smoke the following week, also in Vegas.

To recap, the car’s body will be left mostly stock but under the skin is where all the magic is happening, with a Heidt’s Mustang II coil-over front suspension and an Art Morrison 9-inch rearend and 4-link setup, while Wilwood Brakes provided a set of their 13-inch, six-piston brakes (four-piston on the rear), behind a set of 17-inch Shelby replica wheels. The engine is a Ford Racing Boss 302 crate motor topped with a fully custom-built TVS 1900 supercharger with a rear intake setup and a liquid-to-air intercooler.

But this car is way more than just bolt-on parts. Lawrence “Kiwi” Bryant is putting all of his incredible fabrication skills into it and this car should rival anything that the top “name” shops are building. To understate the custom nature of the build, the paint will be a classic mocha brown with copper pearl, and because of the car’s sponsor there will be a console-mounted humidor for the owner’s favorite cigars.

As you can see in the photos here, the car is now out of the paint booth and is undergoing final assembly and trim work. Would you just look at that upholstery? Yummy! Watch for our coverage of this year’s SEMA Show for a look at the finished car, and wait for a full feature in Mustang Monthly soon after.

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