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1967 Mustang Fastback Taken To The Next Level
Overboard: Classic Muscle Motor Company in Daytona Beach, Florida, Creates Their Ultimate Mustang
Every now and then, we discover a Mustang build that justifies the much-overused taking-it-to-the-next-level phrase. The words are always sought-after, but often only amount to a builder’s wishful thinking. That’s not the case with the experienced team from Classic Muscle Motor Company in Daytona Beach, Florida. The crew has been building muscle cars, restomods, and frame-off restorations since 1993. One look at their 1967 fastback and you’ll agree the company has the talent, tools, and imagination to get the job done. CMMC President Paul Newman had a vision for a one-of-a-kind car that could truly punch through to the next level of awesomeness, while simultaneously showcasing the talents of his staff. The two-year build enhanced virtually every nut and bolt on the car, upgrading every element and turning it into a genuine showpiece.
Great rides begin with solid foundations, and the rejuvenation process started at the chassis level. But first, the car went on a rotisserie to clean, smooth, detail, and paint the underside until it was as slick as the outside was going to be. Next, the team tossed the stock shock towers and suspension in favor of complete Detroit Speed & Engineering front and rear suspension. That included DSE’s Aluma-Frame front and QuadraLink rear suspension setups and massive Baer brakes (14-inch rotors in front, 13-inch in back), which hide behind special Forgeline wheels and BFGoodrich tires.
Of course, the heart of any build is the powertrain. This one uses a 427 IR all-aluminum crate V-8 from Roush Racing with a showy Roush eight-stack electronic fuel injection setup with velocity stacks that sends an estimated 560hp to the Tremec five-speed. This show Pony looks good and gallops fast!
Body mods were next, and while it’s not a replica, the Eleanor influence is strong. Most body men have learned that aftermarket parts rarely fit properly, but according to Newman, the Mustangs To Fear upgrades were the best he’s ever seen. All the additions were molded to the car, including wheel flares, deck lid spoiler, upper side scoops, functional lower side scoops that cool the rear brakes, and rocker panels with side-exiting pipes. MTF’s fiberglass hood and billet grille with multiple driving lights created a distinctive front end, while the rear sport’s full-width, Shelby-style taillights have been custom fitted with 300 LEDs, scrolling like a theater marquee and redefining sequential taillights. The rear-view camera resides where the trunk lock used to sit, and Shelby side mirrors complete the changes. Lots of time and effort went into ensuring the cut lines were precise, bumpers were tight to the body, and panels were glass smooth.
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With the sheer volume of distinctive touches applied to the exterior, the interior had to be match and it does not disappoint. All the upholstery elements were done in-house. The first things that catch your eye are the plush sport seats, in Italian leather with Cobra snakeskin inserts, and matching Roush valve covers. The handcrafted rear seat was stitched to match. A re-shaped dash features Vintage Air Gen IV A/C vents and a collection of electronic analog gauges from Classic Instruments, including a shift-light indicator. Check out the tiny Shelby racing stripes added to the tach and the CMMC logo applied inside the speedo. Newman added a Budnik wheel to the Ididit tilt column. Both the new center console with its unique Bowler shifter and the matching overhead console were upholstered in black Italian leather.
Entertainment is essential for a ride of this caliber and just like the motor, suspension, exterior, and interior, the audiovisual system qualifies for next-level status, employing a Pioneer Double Din receiver that offers navigation, DVD, and Bluetooth connections. It controls a rear-mounted Hertz five-channel amp that powers a pair of Hertz 10-inch subs in the rear package tray, separated 6.5-inch component sets in the rear quarter air vents, two additional 6.5-inch component sets in the custom kick panels, and a pair of tweeters in the doors. All inside painted surfaces match the exterior and are accented with black-painted trim. The Mustang has a full range of power options, including steering, brakes, windows, door locks, and trunk release. The keyless entry system uses Kindig-it door handles outside and re-purposed door lock buttons inside to act as door poppers. The final step was paint, sprayed by the experts at the CMMC Garage, using Pepper Gray with black center stripes.
The two-year build was worth the effort with this next-level Mustang capturing Best of Show in every event that it has attended. It’s a rocket on the road, too, and when it’s at shows or simply parked out in front of the shop, it’s the perfect, eye-catching way to introduce the public to the talents of the team at CMMC Garage.