1305 Tuned Up May 2013 Blue Ford
Steve Baur
Former Editor, Modified Mustangs & Fords
September 12, 2013

I suspect that this month's cover car will spark a debate about whether or not we should include such builds in our classic-only magazine. If you haven't checked out the feature yet, well, first, thanks for reading my editorial and second, spoiler alert. The car in question began its life as a stock 2011 Mustang GT. If you didn't notice that right off the bat, don't be alarmed. That's just how good the car looks. If you did notice something was a bit off, then you've got a very discerning eye. There's about nine months of metalwork involved in making the body of a Mustang that's some 44 years old fit the new S197 chassis, and this has been the best example of that process in my opinion and something I felt we should put in front of the readers.

I have to admit that I've had a number of these builds come across my desk before, but have always passed on them. I've often found that there is something with the proportions that just doesn't look right to me. I'm not opposed to the idea, but the execution has to look better than a cheap kit car from the '80s, and unfortunately that's what often comes to mind when I've seen some of them.

Initially attracted by the magnetic quality of the bright blue paint, I found myself looking for something that I didn't like about it once I realized it was a retro conversion. Try as I might, the execution and proportions were spot on and I could see no reason not to like it. The fastback profile and custom wheels will draw in most every Mustang enthusiast. Proportionally, nothing stands out as odd, and I think that is very telling of the eyes and minds that were responsible for the design and fabrication. Add in the fact that a young, twenty-something-year-old student built the car, and you have a great story.

I'm interested to hear what you, the reader, have to say about such vehicles and whether or not we should feature them in the future, so drop me a line at modified.mustangs@sorc.com and let me know what you think.