On first glance, the 1966 Ford Mustang shown above appears to be a fairly standard machine with a few upgrades to the exterior. The Martini livery is tastefully done and the driving lamps are perhaps a love-it or hate-it touch. That chin spoiler looks great, however, and the car has a wonderful stance to it as it rolls down the road.
There’s more here, however… a lot more.
This Mustang has been built by the team at Pure Vision Design, and the car is clearly a stunner as you take in more of the photos (posted after the jump). It’s another in a string of stunners actually, as Pure Vision Design seems to consistently churn out amazing works of automotive art. These aren’t just lookers though, as the often hide hideously powerful hearts. Such is the case with this ’66… and the heart here might just make it one of the most amazing Mustang builds on the planet.
Pure Vision Design is calling it a Martini Racing T-5R. That alphanumeric designation is a nod to the brand of early Mustang shipped off to Germany. We won’t quibble with the naming though, because the mighty mill employed here is a blend of pure American and British Motorsports history. There’s no over-sized big block but rather the same style Ford four-cam V8 engine that used by Jim Clark in his Lotus 38. The very same car that won the Indianapolis 500 in 1965.
It’s a 250 cubic-inch unit that’s been pushed out to 291 cubic inches, and it produces 426 horsepower and 362 pound-feet of torque. This truly beautiful engine is paired with a four-speed manual gearbox courtesy of C & R Performance. Originally created for NASCAR use, this transmission was eventually banned due to weight. No, it’s not too heavy… it only weighs 63 pounds. In fact the car as a whole weighs in at just 2,900 pounds. Pair that engine and curb weight with the up-to-date brakes and suspension and you’re left with a classic Ford Mustang that’s ready to absolutely devour any road or track you place before it.
Of course, a build like this doesn’t come about cheaply. This ‘Stang falls into the If You Have To Ask category of can I afford it. No… you can’t and we can’t, and that’s a shame because it’s a road-going work of art. In fact, it might just be one of the best custom Mustangs we’ve ever seen. Anyone can slap a massive V8 between the fenders of a classic Mustang, add in some Shelby bits and call it a day. What Pure Vision Design have done instead is create something different and something very special.
Pay attention Tuner-ville, this is how it’s done.
*hence why the images are amazing… there’s more of them at the MustangsDaily link too, so head over there for more information and photos