Jerry Heasley
November 1, 2007
Photos By: Wayne Jeffries

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The Gateway crew wanted to bring the interior up to date but give the semblance of a '67 deluxe interior. In place of the brushed aluminum, they chose a silver carbon fiber, extremely popular on high-dollar sportscars today. They opted to delete the rear seat, while the front buckets don't play up the Pony theme. They are Procar by Scat, fitted with five-point harnesses. Sammy's fans will get it when they look at the white-faced gauges from Classic Instruments. The 200-mph speedometer shows no digits until 55, in reference to his big hit "I Can't Drive 55." Gateway customized the face with a slash line through 55.

With a 560hp Roush-built, fuel-injected 427-IR motor, the GCM-R doesn't drive like a '67 Mustang. The car just might live up to its speedometer readings. Sammy is elated with the vehicle and plans to take it on tour with him. On October 13, 2007, he'll turn 60 years old and will announce a 60-date tour.

"We're going on the majority of these tour dates," Lonny says, "and we'll have the car there." Displaying his rocking ride was Sammy's idea. Concert attendees will be able look at his car close-up and place an order for one of the 100 cars. There will be a range of different engine options (see chart), with prices starting at $120,000.

The rock 'n' rollers' orders may be different from this exact car. Lonny says, "We already had this car designed and were going to produce it whether or not we built one for Sammy, but we've laid groundwork for him to help us design a car with his name with his influences." Sammy's fans were upset he sold the old Red Rocker, his '67 Shelby GT500. This red '67 fastback is the new Red Rocker. No matter the name, Sammy's car won't be built to drive only 55.

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GCM-R Base Equipment
Base GCM-R cars come equipped with:

  • Dynacorn Classic Bodies '67 reproduction body
  • Roush 342 SR 8.2-inch-deck, 375 hp/375 lb-ft with Billet Specialties Trutrac Serpentine system
  • Keisler TKO-500 five-speed transmission
  • GCM-R body kit
  • RRS power rack-and-pinion steering
  • RRS Phase 2 front strut suspension system, 11.7-inch rotors, two-piston calipers
  • Rear leaf springs with sway bar
  • RRS Phase 1 rear disc-brake kit, 11-inch rotors, single-piston-caliper "drum-in-disc"-style park brake
  • Billet Specialties Roulette 17x8 wheels, P245/40ZR17 BFGoodrich KDW tires, front
  • Billet Specialties Roulette 18x10 wheels, P295/35ZR18 BFGoodrich KDW tires, rear
  • Be Cool aluminum radiator, dual electric fans
  • Classic Auto Air
  • ProCar Rally by Scat Vinyl Seats
  • AM/FM CD stereo, four speakers
  • Classic Instruments white-face fauges, 200-mph speedometer
  • Subframe connectors
  • Gateway Classic Mustang shock-tower brace kit
  • Rollbar
  • Center console with storage compartment
  • PIAA driving lights
  • Billet Specialties leather half-wrap steering wheel
  • Ididit tilt steering column

    GCM-R Options
    ROUSH ENGINE OPTIONS
    8.2-inch deck342 REThrottle-Body EFI450 hp/420 lb-ft
    8.2-inch deck353 IR8-stack EFI480 hp/460 lb-ft
    9.5-inch deck402 SRCarbureted425 hp/480 lb-ft
    9.5-inch deck402 IR8-stack EFI500 hp/500 lb-ft
    9.5-inch deck427 SRCarbureted525 hp/535 lb-ft
    9.5-inch deck427 IR8-stack EF560 hp/540 lb-ft
    10.150-inch deck511 SR aluminum FECarbureted540 hp/{{{600}}} lb-ft
    10.150-inch deck511 IR aluminum FE8-stack EFI600 hp/625 lb-ft
    Drivetrain, Suspension, and Interior/Exterior Options
    Keisler TKO-600 five-speed transmission
    RRS Phase 3 or 4 strut and brake kit
    RRS Phase 2 or 3 rear-disc brake kit
    RRS three-link coilover rear suspension
    Procar by Scat leather seats
    Fold-down rear seat
    Power windows and locks
    18-inch front and 20-inch rear wheel package
    Any DuPont Hot Hues color
    Satellite radio-XM or Sirius
    CD changer

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