Jerry Heasley
May 2, 2007

The '67-'68 Mustang fastback is the basis for the original GT-500E Eleanor clone. But what do you get when you apply an evolution body kit to a '65-'66 vintage hardtop? Jay Jacquemoud of the The Mustang Depot in Las Vegas, Nevada, did just that and explained, "We ended up calling this thing the Sinister 'Stang. The nickname stuck because the car does look sinister in black. Plus, Las Vegas is known as Sin City." Jay laughed, "We have that little attachment to it." Maybe the hardtop is such a sleeper compared to the fastback that it needs a little more attitude. "Basically, we stole the Eleanor flavor and applied it to the first-generation Mustang," he said. However, Jay and the people at Mustang Depot are not advertising the kit with the name Eleanor. E2 is as close as they get, with E2 referring to the "second version of Eleanor."

With five different hood choices, the E2 body kit can take on five different looks. In contrast, the long hood of the GT-500E is limited to one hood option. The E2 kit consists of headlight doors, upper nose (three pieces molded together to become a one-piece upper fascia), lower nose, front fender flares, side exhaust skirts, rear fender flares, lower side scoops, a spoiler trunk lid with end caps, and your choice of one of the five different hoods.

The E2 kit also fits '65-'66 fastbacks; you get upper side scoops to round out the package. Jay was really enthused about a fastback one of his customers just completed. "It's a '65. I swear looking at the side of this car, it looks like a cool Eleanor. You don't realize you're looking at a '65 hardtop body." the E2 hardtop is big news because this body style is much more plentiful than the fastback, and as a result much cheaper. Jay did the math for us, "You can find a hardtop for $3,000 on average. you can get an E2 body kit for under $3,000, and you're in at $6,000. You couldn't buy a '67-'68 fastback at that price."

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The E2 kit was merely a starting point for the Sinister 'Stang. Jacquemoud literally went wild from there, building a hardtop he says is "a cross in styling and in design between a drag car and a cornering car." Straight line digging and roundy-round racing are contradictory goals. It's challenging to have both in one automobile. He says, "We've managed to set this thing up to where it's on rails, but it has the stance of a drag car with a slight rake in profile. We can go to the point of bolting on some traction bars to run it down the drag strip and do pretty darn good. I also like to take a car in corners. So, we have all the tubular racing suspension under it, the Total Control stuff, and power rack-and-pinion. The chassis is strengthened in every way. We put the 9-inch nodular-iron Detroit Locker back there from Currie, forged axles, and a torque arm."

The Sinister 'Stang has a blown 5.0L High Output small-block with carburetion, with an estimated 550 hp on tap. The Tremec TKO five-speed was a must to take the big time torque. Jay chose the cowl hood, which features a billet grille near the base of the windshield. He likes to say the '65-'66 hardtop has sharper lines than the '67-'68, which is smoother. We like to say Eleanor's older sister sure looks good.

Vehicle Type
'65 Mustang E2 Hardtop

Engine

  • 5.0L-4V V-8, rated 550 hp
  • Comp Cams 586 lift solid roller cam
  • Comp Adj Roller Rockers, High tension Valvesprings
  • Aluminum Ford Racing Heads, ported/polished
  • Edelbrock Victor Jr. Manifold
  • Mighty Demon 650 Carburetor
  • Carter High-Volume Mechnical Fuel Pump
  • JBA Titanium Headers
  • Custom 2 1/2-inch Side Exhaust w/Flowmaster 40 Series
  • Polished Paxton Supercharger
  • MSD Electronic Ignition & Distributor
  • 24-inch Griffin Aluminum Radiator ('67-'68 core support)
  • Edelbrock Polished Water Pump
  • Chrome 120-amp RV Alternator
  • KRC Power-Steering Pump
  • Polished Sanden Compressor
  • Fuel Safe Pro Cell 16 gallon

    Drivetrain

  • Tremec TKO III Five-Speed
  • Centerforce Dual-Friction Clutch
  • McCleod Scatter Shield
  • JMC Hydraulic Clutch Kit
  • Currie 9-plus 3:70:1 Detroit Locker
  • Currie Forged 31-Spline Axles
  • TCP Torque Arm

    Suspension/Brakes

  • TCP Coilover Kit
  • TCP Rack-and-Pinion
  • 1.125-inch Front Anti-Sway Bar
  • TCP Tower Brace Kit
  • TCP Subframe Connectors
  • Five-Leaf Mid-Eye Springs
  • SSBC Force 10 Four-Wheel Disc Brakes
  • Four-Point Roll Bar w/Cross Brace, fully chromed
  • Maier Racing Adjustable Panhard Rod
  • JMC Triple Reservoir Master
  • Cylinder/Hydraulic Clutch

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    Stereo System

  • Kenwood KDC-9000 Detachable Face CD Player
  • Kenwood 10-Disc CD Changer
  • CAS Dual Voice Coil Dash Speaker
  • JBL Tweeters
  • CAS Pioneer Kick-Panel Speakers
  • Kenwood 6x9" Tri-axial Speakers
  • 12-inch Petra Sub-Woofers
  • 180-Watt Kenwood four-channel Amp
  • GS 400 Watt x Four-Channel Amp
  • Coustic XM-3 Electronic Crossover

    Exterior

  • '65 E2 Body Kit
  • Paint Job by Fantastic Finishes
  • LeMans Stripes
  • Fiberglass Cowl Hood
  • Shaved Doors Remote Controlled
  • Custom Billet Grills, upper and lower
  • GT40 Rims: Front, 17x8 inch with 4.5-inch backspace; Rear, 17x9 inch with 5-inch backspace
  • Tri-Bar Headlights
  • Yokohama ES100 Tires 225x45x17 in front, 275x40x17 in rear

    Interior

  • Custom Leather Interior w/FloFit Seats by Upholstery Works
  • JME Instrument Cluster and Glove Box Faci
  • auto Meter Ultralite Gauge Set
  • Custom Covered Pillar Gauge Pod Set
  • Lacarra Black Leather Steering Wheel
  • Modified Pony Door Panels, Stainless Inserts
  • Electric Windows
  • Electric Doors
  • CAA Perfect Fit AC System
  • Flaming River Polished Tilt Column