2003 Ford Mustang Show Cars - Family Affair
Saleen And Roush Go Head To Head Under One Roof, And Everyone Wins
With only 2,877 miles on the odometer, you can probably guess that the Roush/Coddington roadster doesn't serve as Robert's daily driver. It's a pampered weekend toy and show car that spends most of its time in his air-conditioned garage. Amber's separate garage makes do without refrigeration; we think she should put A/C on her wish list, perhaps to make up for all those missing towels.
Many of the roughly 53 California Roadsters built came with a naturally-aspirated 4.6L V-8. Apparently less than 25 of them, including Robert's, started life as Roush Stage 3 cars and are therefore armed with a Roots- style blown Two-Valve boasting 360 hp and 375 lb-ft of grunt. You can tell the two versions apart without opening the hood, because the non-supercharged cars have a GT-style hoodscoop, while the blown units have a Cobra-style no-scoop hood, along with the word "supercharged" engraved above Jack Roush's signature on the rear quarter-windows.
The supercharged cars also bring along the rest of the Stage 3 chassis, braking, exhaust, and styling hardware. Coddington touches include the two-tone paint scheme (black/silver and black/red were also offered), interior upholstery stitched by Classic Soft Trim with "Boyd Coddington" embroidered near the headrests, Coddington's autograph on the standard Roush gauge package, and a serialized aluminum ID plate affixed just forward of the Roush shifter. Coddington's polished Smoothie II rims are also an integral part of the package. Up front, they measure 18x9 inches and mount 265/35ZR18 rubber. Out back are even larger 295/35ZR skins on 18x10 rims.
None of this has stopped Robert from adding personal touches of his own, though all can easily be removed should he ever wish to return the roadster to its valuable factory condition. His list of additions includes a JVC head unit/CD player, Rockford Fosgate speakers, two 900-watt Lightning Audio Bolt amps, a pair of Rockford Fosgate 12-inch subwoofers, a honkin' 1-farad capacitor to keep the bass thumping, and (wisely) a Viper security system. The cockpit has a Playstation PSP and a satellite radio receiver.
To the Brooks family, perhaps the most rewarding aspect of owning this tag-team of tuner Mustangs is that all three of their kids have, at one point or another, become involved in preparing the cars for shows and attending some. "It's become a family affair for all of us," Amber says. The trophies have been stacking up, including our own Editor's Choice award for late-models at last year's Silver Springs show.
Mom and Dad each with their own show-winning super Mustang? I guess I grew up in the wrong household.