Dale Amy
July 1, 2009

We'd happily go to Vegas on the odds that nearly all of this magazine's readership is at least vaguely familiar with Bullitt, Steve McQueen's 1968 production that is, for most of us at least, a half-decent movie punctuated by one of the most electrifying car chases in cinematic history. That it happens to star a Mustang is icing on the cake. Call me weird, but what has always made this infamous San Francisco pursuit so utterly engrossing to this old boy is its complete sensory package--not just cinematographer William A. Fraker's amazingly frenetic, high-speed, car-to-car camera work, but also the absolute ear candy of the accompanying exhaust-driven soundtrack. This brilliant piece of aural engineering almost musically contrasts the black Mopar's characteristic deep rumble with the higher-pitched, utterly raucous cackle of Lieutenant Bullitt's Mustang being endlessly double-clutched through the gears. Four decades later, it still raises pulse rates.

All of which is, perhaps, just my long-winded way of suggesting that a great car should sound as good as it looks. And that's a hard goal to achieve with one that looks as achingly good as Classic Design Concepts' latest "Flashback" variant, slathered in Bullitt-esque Dark Highland Green, wearing those just-right 18-inch Torq Thrust IIs, and appearing as though it should be airborne over the streets of San Francisco. But, just as McQueen's movie fastback sounded a little high strung in comparison to its Charger adversary, CDC has succeeded in giving this particular Flashback a tingly crisp, almost racy sonic personality that rips to life with the turn of the key, idles with just the right lumpy attitude, and renders the idea of using the car's potent Clarion and Rockford Fosgate sound system almost unthinkable. Why use a mere stereo when the Ford Racing 347 cubic-inch crate engine (M-6007-Z347), based around the new Boss 302 block, provides the mechanical equivalent of surround sound? Of course, topped as it is with Dynatek Racing's Weber-look EFI system, this quick-revving small-block can gather crowds even when shut off.

For those just tuning in, CDC's Flashback series of handbuilt, turnkey, "new" '67 Mustangs uses Dynacorn's replacement fastback body shells as a starting point, building upon them with 21st-century drivetrains, suspensions, and interiors for the best of both worlds. Best of all, CDC will custom build one to your tastes, with either pushrod or supercharged modular engine choices.

Yet, despite all of its obvious drool-quotient, the Flashback is also a practical beast, since one of the first things CDC accomplished was re-engineering the floorpan and seating to provide six inches more front legroom and a couple inches more headroom. One look at our interior shots reveals that the rest of the cabin also has amenities and trim quality never imagined back in the 1960s. Custom leather upholstery; power driver's seat, mirrors, locks, and windows; remote keyless entry, and a Vintage Air Gen IV Magnum electronic HVAC system are just some of the more obvious examples. We particularly like the customized instrument cluster from Classic Instruments, and the leather-wrapped, yet understated steering wheel that is a great modern interpretation of the movie Mustang's wheel.

That wheel commands a power rack-and-pinion steering setup from Australia's RRS, so there's none of the numbness of Ford's four-decade-old original gear. CDC also turned (pun maybe intended) to RRS for coilover front, and 3-link rear, suspension hardware, and we can personally confirm that the resulting handling had us searching for black Chargers to humiliate. Well, OK, what we were actually searching for was more excuses to keep driving this thing, because it is indeed about as addictive as an automobile can possibly get.

Like most addictions, CDC's Flashback is not inexpensive, but, hey, you may as well put what's left of that shrinking 401k to good use. Who needs stocks when you can have something with the looks of a classic movie star, the moves of a world-class gymnast, the most modern of comforts and conveniences, and perhaps best of all, the blissful sonic qualities of a heavenly choir. A sound investment, in other words.

Mustang Snapshot
Body/Sheetmetal
*Dynacorn '67 Mustang fastback body shellCDC reinforced

Exterior
*CDC-designed front fascia with brake duct inlets
*Louvered hood with turn-signal lamps
*Sail panel close-outs
*Lower side scoops
*CDC-designed taillamps with integral back-up lamps
*AutoNik headlamps with integral LED turn-signals
*Scott Drake smoke-tinted door, vent, and rear backlite glass
*Sherwin Williams Planet Color Highland Green basecoat/clearcoat
*Applied by PSI Automotive Support Group

Engine
*Ford Racing Boss 347 crate engine M-6007-Z347
*450hp, 400 ft.lbs. torque
*Boss 4-bolt main block
*Forged crank, pistons, and rods
*"Z" aluminum heads with 1.65:1 roller rocker arms
*Hydraulic roller camshaft
*Dynatek Racing electronic fuel injection
*Vintage Air Front Runner accessory drive system
*Dyno results: 486.2hp @ 6,400 rpm; 438 lb.ft. of torque @ 5,200 rpm

Drivetrain
*Tremec TKO 600 5-speed transmission
*Ford Racing HD clutch kit
*Scott Drake clutch cable conversion kit
*DTS custom aluminum driveshaft
*RRS rearend housing
*Currie 9+ differential with 31-spline axles, Traction-Lok, and 3.70 gears

Exhaust
*Ford Powertain Applications stainless steel long-tube headers
*CDC-fabricated 2-inch stainless steel dual exhaust system
*CDC-designed quad exhaust tips

Steering
*RRS power rack-and-pinion
*Flaming River tilt steering column

Suspension
*RRS Phase 3
*Front independent
*Billet aluminum coilover struts with adjustable ride height
*Chrome silicone steel springs
*1-inch stabilizer bar
*RRS 3-link rear suspension
*Adjustable ride height
*Chrome silicone springs
*Watts link lateral stability control

Brakes
*Baer front discs
*14-inch slotted, drilled, and vented rotors
*6-piston calipers
*Baer rear discs
*14-inch slotted, drilled, and vented rotors
*6-piston calipers
*Bosch Hydroboost power brakes
*Drum-in-disc parking brake system

Wheels & Tires
*American Racing Torq Thrust II Series 405 wheels
*18 x 8 front
*18 x 9.5 rear
*Dunlop Direzza DZ 101 tires
*245/40R18 front
*275/35R18 rear

Interior
*CDC-designed front and rear seats
*Alea Leather seating surfaces
*Power driver's seat
*Folding rear seat system
*Leather-wrapped steering wheel
*Vinyl-wrapped trim panels
*Vinyl-wrapped console with cup holders and storage compartment*CDC-designed lowered seating*Increased headroom*Extended seat track for fore/aft adjustability*CDC dedicated vehicle build number nameplate on console*ACC black cut-pile carpeting*Aluminum pedal covers with dead pedal*Classic Instruments cluster with CDC-designed graphics*A1 Electric power windows, door locks, and keyless entry*Vintage Air Gen IV Magnum electronic HVAC system

Sound System
*Clarion radio head unit
*Rockford Fosgate amplification system
*4 coaxial speakers
*10-inch subwoofer