Steve Baur
Former Editor, Modified Mustangs & Fords
July 24, 2007
Photos By: Vizualtech

With the retro styling of the S197 Mustang, now more than ever it's easier to envision the high-performance models of the musclecar era coming back for a second go-around, this time with more power, more refinement, more efficiency, and best of all, more fun. Thanks to Bo Zolland and his company, Vizualtech (;, we were able to come up with some really cool con-cepts to get our minds-and hopefully those at Ford Motor company-turning.

Vizualtech provides custom design and visualization media to race teams, customization shops, automotive enthusiast publications, as well as advertising agencies. It also offers in-depth technical illustrations and text.

Vizualtech owner Bo Zolland e-mailed us some time ago concerning a Ford F-100 project he was working on, and while we don't cover the older makes and models too much, we thought it would be neat to see some new incarnations of some old classics based on the S197 Mustang platform.

Recently, Ford partnered with Hertz and Shelby to produce the Shelby GT-H, a reincarnation of the Hertz Rent-A-Racer from the '60s. Ford and Shelby then paired up again for the GT and GT500 Mustangs, and the Blue Oval also released the California Special package, another throwback to the musclecar era.

We heard from Ford that these were the first in a series of "feature cars," and new president and CEO of Ford Motor Company Alan Mulally recently confirmed the Bullitt Mustang for 2008. As Mustang enthusiasts, we're never satisfied, so we've conjured up a few more ideas. Hopefully, FMC can make good on some of our concepts.