Rob Kinnan
Brand Manager, Mustang Monthly
January 23, 2017
Photos By: TEN Archives

The last time we were at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles getting ready to scour the archives for cool old Mustang photos, we walked by this Mustang down in the “vault,” and immediately recognized it as Ohio George Montgomery’s 1967 Mustang—the Malco Gasser. We don’t think the car has ever made it to the show floor upstairs at the museum, instead residing in the basement vault getting ready for its close-up—someday.

This car debuted at the 1967 NHRA Spring Nationals in Bristol, Tennessee, and changed Gassers forever. It was at corporate Ford’s insistence that Ohio George race what Ford sold. This car proved so superior in handling and performance that George’s previous Gasser, the “World’s Wildest Willys,” was permanently retired. The Malco Gasser was powered by a 6-71-blown 427ci SOHC Ford engine that made approximately 1,200hp on pump gas. It was raced until May 1975, running a best of 8.12 at 173.07 mph in the quarter. George set five NHRA national records with this car and won Super Eliminator at the 1969 NHRA Spring Nationals before replacing it with the blown, then turbocharged Boss 429-powered red 1969 SportsRoof, now owned by Mustang Monthly contributor and famed Mustang restorer Bob Perkins.