Mustang GT350 R Tribute
PAXTON SUPERCHARGED 351, 5SPD MAN, 4 WHEEL DISCS, GT350 R-MODEL TRIBUTE RESTOMOD
Looking at the photos and the price, you've already deduced that this is one special 1965 Ford Mustang fastback. And indeed it is, having been professionally built to exacting standards and designed to perform on the track as well as on the show field. This is resto-mod done right.
There's a little bit of GT, a little bit of Shelby, and a lot of attitude built into this gorgeous Mustang fastback. The body is one of the straightest early Mustangs we've ever seen, and there are obviously a lot of hours tied up in getting it to look this good. Check out the laser-straight crease running back to the C-scoop on the quarters, the sharp peak of the fenders, and the miles-deep finish that only comes from tedious hand labor. The hood is a fiberglass piece that looks a lot like the GT350 pieces Shelby was using, with a small scoop to feed the carburetor and a set of hood pins for that performance look. The two-stage urethane paint is drop-dead gorgeous and captures the Shelby vibe with modern materials, and the way it glows in the sunlight will make people stop and stare everywhere you go. A vented front valence is like a Shelby GT350R and the rocker stripes have the right GT350 callouts. Proper badges and emblems, a smooth billet grille, and exhaust pipes poking through the rear valence are all part of the performance look.
The interior is anchored by a set of custom ProCar seats with matching headrests and some additional bolstering to help hold you in place. Simple black leather upholstery is similar to the original patterns so it keeps a period vibe and the back seat is gone, replaced by a 4-point roll cage and a spare tire mount that's very much like the Shelby R models. The instrument panel is filled with original gauges, all framed by a new Shelby-style wood-rimmed steering wheel, and a Stewart-Warner tach and oil pressure gauge are mounted up in their own pod above the center of the dash. The shifter shows five forward gears instead of the usual four, and it's perfectly positioned to rip through the gears at full throttle. There is no stereo, but I don't think you're going to miss it, and the trunk is fitted with a correct mat that fits well.
Mechanically, it's still got Mustang roots with a 351 cubic inch V8 topped by a Paxton blower. So it's a little modern, but Paxton was building superchargers for Shelby in the '60s and it delivers a big block punch without the weight. There's a big 4-barrel carburetor inside the box and finned valve covers give it a consistent look that's straight out of the '60s. The 5-speed manual spins a 9-inch rear via a new driveshaft, and there's a new gas tank out back. A custom exhaust system uses an X-pipe to create that LeMans soundtrack and subframe connectors reinforce the Mustang's unibody in a way that you can really feel. 4-wheel disc brakes are probably a good idea when you have more than 500 horsepower on tap and the entire undercarriage remains in good order with no signs of major issues in the past. Custom 18-inch wheels are very much like vintage Halibrands and wear 225/40/18 front and 235/40/18 rear performance radials.
One of the most impressive resto-mods we've ever seen, this is the pinnacle of early Mustang performance and comfort. Nothing radical, just a winning combination executed to a very high standard. Call today!
- Leather Seats
- Four Wheel Disc Brakes
- Power Brakes
- Exterior Color
- Interior Color
- Front Brakes
- Power Disc
- Rear Brakes
- Power Disc
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