July 12, 2006

As president of Street Scene Equipment, Mike Spagnola has to decide on what the hot models of cars are so that he and his company can take them a step further in the styling department by creating body components that are, as Emeril Lagasse would say, kicked up a few notches compared to the factory lines.

As Mike pointed out, the '05-up Mustangs were sure to be a hit, as their styling was the perfect combo of retro and modern, bringing generations of enthusiasts together with a single design.

Improving upon such a great design would be a tricky proposition. Take it too far and you can ruin the lines and overall effect of the styling. The crew at Street Scene was well aware of this, and while they certainly wanted to make their mark on the Mustang, keeping its identifiable look was paramount. They've certainly scored well on both accounts, and what's probably more remarkable is that this Ford went from showroom-stock to show stopper in a mere 90 days. That includes creation of the tooling for the molds and popping out production-ready components.

Starting with an '06 Mustang GT, the design team sketched out a plan, and the various body parts were molded in urethane and then bolted on. These included Street Scene's Generation 2 front fascia, side skirts, rear deck wing, and rear fascia, which incorporates a new center-outlet exhaust system.

Custom billet GT logos were milled and installed, as was a powdercoated center-mount grille kit that uses the factory GT driving lights, side ducts, and Street Scene's Cal Vu Mirrors with Mutha Signal technology. While the Street Scene body components were molded in urethane, the stock aluminum hood was left alone save for some custom louvers.

"Most Mustang enthusiasts choose red, yellow, orange, or black for their custom paint jobs," Mike says. "My aunt had a green '67 Mustang that I always loved. This is a modern rendition of her '67." Theresa Contreras of L&G in San Dimas, California, shot the sparkly green shade and, at Mike's request, added the wide Le Mans-style stripes. "Everyone else tends to go with the narrower, black-painted stripes, and

I just couldn't see it with the new, wider body style," he says. So the expansive stripes were shot in a hue that more closely matches the custom tan interior that Westminster Interiors stitched up.