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.
GCM-R Base EquipmentBase GCM-R cars come equipped with: