Fine Like Wine
"The picture doesn't do the car justice!" exclaims George Martin, the Londonderry, New Hampshire, owner of this '69 SportsRoof. Painted in CandyBrandywine with a marbling treatment in the hood and rear spoilers, the fastback took First Place in the '64-'78 Modified class at last year's All-Ford Nationals. After sitting in a Massachusetts garage for 23 years, George bought the Mustang in 2000 and initiated its refurbishing, which included the addition of a 300-350hp 302, built C4, 3.55 gears, and original Magnum 500 wheels.
GT for Speed
Steve Gessler wasted little time getting his 2000 GT up to speed. Purchased new in January 2001, the white GT is already equipped with a Bassani X-pipe and after-cat exhaust system, MAC cold-air induction with a K&N filter, and a 70mm throttle body. To enhance the appearance, Steve added a Rozzi front air dam along with a bevy of Bullitt accessories, including the wheels, fuel filler door, and shifter bezel. Future mods for this Madison, Wisconsin, GT coupe include underdrive pullies and 3.73 gears.
Sneaky like a Fox
With the factory wheels and no body modifications, Tony Bonura's LX 5.0 hatchback looks like a nice, original Fox-body Mustang. But under the skin, Tony has added more performance parts than we can list here. We'll have to suffice by saying it's plenty hot. Tony, from Wheatley Heights, New York, bought the car new and keeps the mileage down, with just over 6,000 showing on the odometer. "All of the original parts and hardware were cleaned, labeled, and bagged," Tony says, "so it can be restored to 100 percent original in the future."
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Seventeen-year-old Josh Barnhart bought his '66 Mustang hardtop in January 2002 and allowed his father to work "day and night" doing the bodywork and other exterior projects, which included a new vinyl top and some paint. Josh and his dad, from Clear Spring, Maryland, also added vintage wheels, new tires, a new steering wheel, and "several coats of wax" before Josh hit the road for daily driving and local weekend car shows.
Back in the Saddle
Tom Kiernan owned a '67 Mustang when he was in high school but had to sell it when he lost his job. "I always missed it and dreamed of getting another one someday," says Tim, of Centennial, Colorado. Well, Tim's all grown up now and much better off in terms of employment, so he succumbed to the Mustang bug by purchasing this '67 coupe, an original Denver car with a 289 automatic, black Deluxe interior, and factory air. "It's great to be back in the saddle," Tim adds.