Jerry Heasley
February 1, 2008

"The aluminum tail panel was a big production from a machinist's standpoint. It's solid billet, designed to replicate the '67 optional deluxe ribbed tail panel." Retrobuilt also re-created the classic look of three separate taillights and rewired them to work in unison, similar to a '67 or '68 Mustang.

Likewise, the company modified the frontend with a set of '67 headlight buckets grafted together with a newly fabricated grille surround. The lower bumper cover is also a new fabrication made to give an Eleanor look. The S197 is about 8 inches longer than a '67 model, so none of Retrobuilt's newly fabricated parts will fit a stock car. The hood is another new piece. Retrobuilt used three hoods to make the prototype on this concept. It's between 6 and 7 inches longer than stock.

Obviously these guys are serious, and for fans of this old-meets-new approach, Retrobuilt has some big plans. The company is working on other variations of the theme, including convertible, Bullitt-style, Shelby-style, Mach-style, Boss-style, and even Boss '69-style versions, with the latter promising 700 hp. Whether or not these cars are your cup of tea, one thing's for sure: Retrobuilt Mustangs attract attention, and they might just set the hearts of Mustang Melvins aflutter.

Tech Specs
Engine And Drivetrain
BlockStock aluminum 4.6
Displacement281ci
Rotating AssemblyStock
CamshaftsStock
HeadsStock Three-Valve
IntakeStock
Throttle BodyStock
Fuel SystemStock
ExhaustStock
Power AdderPaxton SL H.O. supercharger
TransmissionStock five-speed w/Hurst short-throw shifter
ClutchStock
RearendStock 8.8

Electronics
Engine ManagementStock w/Paxton tune
IgnitionStock
GaugesStock

Suspension And Chassis
Front Suspension
K-memberStock
StrutsStock
SpringsSteeda
BrakesBaer Brakes w/drilled and slotted Decelarotors, repainted red
WheelsCarroll Shelby Wheels CS69 black/polished 20x9-in
TiresToyo Proxes
Rear Suspension
ShocksStock
SpringsSteeda
Control armsStock
BrakesBaer Brakes w/drilled and slotted Decelarotors, repainted red
WheelsCarroll Shelby Wheels CS69 black/polished 20x10-in
TiresToyo Proxes