Written by: Elana Scherr on December 3 2013 5:08 PM
Everybody’s all a-flutter over the 2015 Ford Mustang, photos of which leaked this week, a few days ahead of the official debut. Opinions will vary over the styling of the ’15 ‘Stang, but we’ll be awfully surprised if anyone has a complaint about the shape of a ’67 Mustang. So if you’re suffering from new car fatigue, take a gander at this pretty machine.
Jason Engel, owner of Oklahoma-based shop, Classic Recreations has been building ’60s era Mustangs with modern touches for years, but his latest G.T.500CR has an added surprise under the hood, a potent Ford Racing Coyote 5.0 crate engine. We noticed the car at the 2013 SEMA show, one of the few Coyote swaps that we saw there. Jason took a moment to walk us around the car pointing out details like the Stainless Works custom long tube headers in the carefully packaged engine bay. “I’m not going to say it was easy to fit the Coyote motor in the ’67,” Jason told us, “But once we found companies like Stainless Works and Turn Key Engine Supply (they offer a 5.0 pulley kit), we were were able to work through the other challenges, and it was definitely worth it. The car is so fun to drive, and it isn’t even the supercharged version.”
Besides the 490 hp of the crate Coyote backed by a Ford Racing T5Z trans, the G.T.500CR has a leather interior with lots of snakey Shelby details, a narrowed rear end and mini-tubbed quarters to make room for 18-inch wheels in the back wrapped in 315/30-18 Michelin Pilot rubber. You’ll probably burn that off pretty quickly.
We’ve been expecting a rush of 5.0 swaps, and until recently, we haven’t seen that many. Luckily, builders like Jason are working out the difficulties, so you can get a Coyote in your engine bay no matter which Ford Mustang is your favorite.