Drew Phillips
December 17, 2009

Horse Sense:
Galpin Auto Sports [(877)-GO-GAS-GO;www.galpinautosports.com] is part of Galpin Ford, the largest Ford dealership in the world. It built this custom '10 Mustang to show customers what they could potentially to do their own cars. Thanks to Ford Racing, Roush, and other companies, there were dozens of aftermarket parts already available as soon as the '10 model hit showroom floors.

It's an understatement to say that Galpin Auto Sports has built its fair share of custom Mustangs. As the aftermarket division of Galpin Motors, the largest Ford dealership on the planet, GAS has literally seen hundreds if not thousands of Mustangs go through its shop, some of which have graced the pages of this magazine. They have also overseen projects like designing and constructing the modern-day KITT that starred in the now-defunct Knight Rider television series. So what's special about the Mustang you see here? Well, for starters, it's their first customized '10 Mustang, and one of their first we've laid eyes on.

This ponycar project started, like many of Galpin's others, with Steve Carpenter. As the sales manager of GAS, Steve usually heads up any project cars being built at the shop and has probably orchestrated the customization of as many S197 Mustangs as just about anyone. He's also owned quite a few as well, and along with serving commuting duties to and from work, Steve's Mustangs are often working examples to show customers what they can do to their own cars. So when the '10 Mustangs hit Galpin's showroom floor in the spring of '09, Steve knew it was time for another project car. "I wanted to be the first kid on the block with a fully customized '10 Mustang," he told us. "We wanted to have a custom 2010 Mustang as soon as possible, and we saw a lot of potential in the car."

While Steve had pretty much perfected the art of modifying the '05-'09 Mustang, the '10 model represented a new challenge. Don't get us wrong, Steve likes the look of the new car. In fact, he believes Ford did a fantastic job with the redesigned Mustang. It's just that he thinks it just takes more thought to customize it just right. "You have to put a lot more thought into the lines of this car," Steve told us. "It's harder to find the right part to make the car look good."

While he may have had trouble finding the "right" part, it's impressive that Steve was able to find parts at all. Normally the launch of a new model means that aftermarket parts are several months and sometimes years away, but a combination of shared components from the '05-'09 model years and foresight from Ford meant that custom parts were available for the '10 Mustang as soon as the car was available for purchase. For instance, Ford granted Roush access to the car long before it was on sale, allowing Roush to properly develop dozens of parts that were available as soon as the '10 models hit showrooms. Internally, Ford also developed a line of accessories and performance parts through Ford Racing and Ford Accessories. Needless to say, owners of '10 Mustang don't have to wait to start modifying their cars.

While most of Steve's previous Mustangs followed the S197 Mustang's retro theme, he says the '10 body style "doesn't lend itself to the old school look." Instead, Steve decided to go for a more modern appearance, although we can still see many classic design cues throughout the car. The exterior modifications start off with a Roush body kit that includes a new front fascia and splitter up front, a new rear valance and wing at the rear, and a set of splitters on each side to complete the kit. Next Steve raided the Ford Accessories catalog and added a hoodscoop, quarterwindow scoops, and a decklid panel. To top it all off, several coats of Candy Apple Red PPG paint were applied and topped with matte black Boss 281R graphics.