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1969 Ford Mustang Restomod ‘Manticore’

With millions of examples made, the Ford Mustang is one of America’s favorite performance cars. So, what do you do when you want a classic Mustang that’s a little bit different—one with modern technology? You can go the restomod route, which is what was done with this amazing 1969 Ford Mustang.

This Mustang is many things: a classic, a high horsepower powerhouse, and a showcase for leading-edge technology.

The epic creation was the result of an international collaboration spanning three continents. A team in India worked out computer bugs and contributed to its digital gauge interface, and a team in Germany helped with design and testing. It was a combined effort of Muscle Car Restorations, Altia, and Cypress to showcase Cypress technology.

“Dubbed the”“Manticore,” it takes its name from a creature out of Persian folklore.

The Story

“Hassane El-Khoury, CEO of Cypress, first fell in love with classic Ford Mustangs as a kid by watching the Steve McQueen movie”“Bullitt.” In the film, detective Frank Bullitt uses his 1968 Fastback Mustang to give chase to a pair of hitmen in a 1969 Dodge Charger. Years later, Hassane bought a Mustang for $2,500 and got to work.”

Hassane purchased the car from a student in Seattle.

The Car

When the Ford Mustang arrived on the scene, it offered consumers a fun, affordable, and sporty car. The Mustang has since become an automotive icon.

Not only was this Mustang restored, but it also received some heavy customizing and upgrades taking it far beyond stock. Between the power and handling modifications, this Mustang is an exhilarating track-day-ready machine.

Exterior

Like the rest of the car, the exterior received heavy modifications. A front splitter, side skirts, rear diffuser, and a custom-made rear spoiler provide this Mustang an aggressive look. In addition, its lowered stance and flush-mounted door handles give it a sleek appearance. Subtly flared fenders accompany larger rims and tires.

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The rims are 18-inch Forgeline GA1Rs. The front wheels are 8.5 inches wide, while the back ones are a whopping 12 inches.

The track-style front and rear tow hooks and hood pins are further nods to this Mustang’s performance.

“The paint is a color called “gunmetal pearl.”

The LED headlights offer enhanced nighttime visibility and complement the car’s custom look.

Interior

Sitting in the driver’s seat, you’d be hard-pressed to know you were in a 1969 Mustang. Not only does it have a custom dash and center console, but perhaps one of the most noticeable modifications is the digital gauge cluster. Featuring a user interface designed by Altia (supplier to major automotive manufacturers), the digital gauges provide the driver with a range of information in a futuristic package. It wouldn’t look out of place in a science-fiction spaceship.

3D printing was utilized in the creation of interior parts.

In place of buttons or switches, touch-activated controls are utilized. In addition, the controls are powered by Cypress technology. For security, it features fingerprint authentication. The combination of a classic Mustang and modern technology makes for a fascinating pairing.

A roll cage enhances safety while stiffening the chassis.

Braum bucket seats help the driver to stay put while adding to the performance look of the car. In addition, the rear seats have been removed.

The Sparco steering wheel adds to the Mustang’s performance look.

In place of analog gauges, a screen provides a modern touch.
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Performance

Engine and Transmission

Like the rest of the car, the performance in this Mustang is far beyond stock.

It sports a Coyote 5.0-liter V8 crate engine with an Edelbrock supercharger paired with a Tremec T56 Magnum XL 6-speed manual transmission. A Ford 9-inch rear end helps get all the power to the wheels.

Under the hood, you’ll find a cleaned-up engine bay and a strut bar.

Horsepower comes out to an earthshaking 785. For reference, just to how much power that is, a 2022 Mustang Shelby GT500 has 760 horsepower.

Helping to move exhaust from the motor is a custom set of headers leading to a custom exhaust. Also, electronic cutouts are a fun addition when you really want to hear the engine.

Suspension

To help this Mustang handle, significant work went into the suspension. QA1 Adjustable 12-inch coilover shocks help keep this Mustang level. The front suspension is a kit from Rod & Custom. The rear suspension is a TCI Pro Street 4 Link.

Brakes

Wilwood Forged Narrow Superlite brakes bring significant stopping power.

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More Information

If seeing the work done on this 69 Mustang has got you thinking about restoring your car, consider reaching out to Muscle Car Restorations. Visit their website to see more of the amazing restoration work they have done. I’ll be covering more of Muscle Car Restoration’s work in the future. For more information on this build, you can visit its official webpage.

Know of a cool car I should write about next? Let me know in the comments!

The New Ford Broncos: An Off-Road Icon Returns

When Ford unveiled the new Bronco, years after its original discontinuation, the social media response was immense. Its angular, aggressive styling stood out among the sea of practical SUVs that had long abandoned off-road performance. Indeed, the Bronco seemed to be gunning for the off-road king itself, the Jeep. The classic Bronco was a predecessor to the modern SUV, with a truck frame, high ground clearance, four-wheel drive, and a removable hardtop roof section that included both the rear window and the side windows behind the driver door. It also was a competitor to the Jeep. What many people do not realize is just how extensive a history that Bronco has. It is a history that Ford drew heavily upon for the creation of the new Bronco. After being out of production for years, in July 2020, the new 2021 Ford Bronco was revealed to the public in three different versions, the more traditional two and four-door versions based heavily on the original, with flared fenders, removable doors, and roof and the more modern-SUV Sport model. With those, the Bronco manages to cover multiple market segments. Within those versions, there is plenty of variety as well.

The Original Broncos.

Many people might not realize that the Bronco is almost as old as the Ford Mustang, debuting just two years later, in 1966, and having an uninterrupted production run until 1996. It also pre-dated the 4×4 craze of the 1970s by several years and the SUV craze by several decades. It also comes with a strong off-road racing heritage; there was even a famous race-track version, in legendary race car driver Parnelli Jones’ Big Oly Bronco, with its distinctive sprint car style wing on the roof. It even had a movie cameo, appearing as one of the cars stolen in the original 1974 version of Gone in 60 Seconds. As a testament to the Broncos performance heritage, it even won the Baja 1000 in 1969. When the SUV came of age in the 1980s and 1990s, the Bronco saw increased competition, many of which were more refined and offered more everyday practicality, some of which had four doors. The SUV saw its main role go from off-road performance to comfortable family-hauler. The Bronco got in on the act, with an optional Eddie Bauer package, providing pinstripes and a custom interior. By the mid-90s the SUV had been standardized with four doors, and plenty of competitors had joined the market, cars like the Jeep Grand Cherokee and the Ford Explorer, which were far more practical for a family. When the last Bronco rolled off the line in 1996, the market had changed drastically.

The 2021 Bronco

The base model two-door Bronco starts at just under $30,000 and goes up from there. There are several different trim levels, offering things like luxury and performance. In this day and age of standardized cars with ever-increasing luxury, Ford has dared to make an enthusiast SUV, one that targets the hardcore off-roading crowd, complete with a rugged body-on-frame design. A body-on-frame is a bit of a standout nowadays when so many SUVs have abandoned their pickup truck origins and have gone with unibody construction. The 2021 Bronco merges traditional features like an optional manual transmission and a solid rear axle with cutting-edge features like driving modes for specific off-road conditions and exclusive low-speed cruise control for trails. There is even an option that provides marine-quality seats and drain plugs to help make the interior water-resistant. While many Broncos will undoubtedly become modified not long after they are bought, options like 35-inch tires make that less necessary. Like the classic Bronco, there is a removable hardtop and doors, and for a modern twist, there is a digital infotainment center in the center console and a digital screen at the center of the gauge cluster. Power is provided by either an EcoBoost four-cylinder or EcoBoost V6 motor. The V6 is expected to have 310 horsepower and an impressive 400 pounds of torque. There is an optional mode for fans of rock crawling where a single pedal controls gas and braking.

The 2021 Bronco Sport

Providing a more contemporary SUV experience is the Bronco Sport, with its fixed top, seating for five, and more reserved styling. It has a lower price too, starting at just over $25,000. Keeping with its more contemporary design, it has lower ground clearance than the Bronco models, although it still features many off-road based features, such as standard 4×4 and optional tow-hooks. It has some impressive stats as well, with 23.6 inches of water fording ability despite a lower ride than the Bronco. It is powered by either a 1.5 or 2.0 liter four-cylinder EcoBoost.

The Future

Being out of production for years means that the Bronco lags behind the Jeep in aftermarket support. However, at launch, the Bronco has hundreds of factory-approved aftermarket parts. Something vital to the off-road crowd who is always demanding that extra edge on the trail. It will not be hard to get a Bronco just the way you want it, given the many versions available. It will be interesting to see if consumers, especially off-road enthusiasts, chose the (somewhat) newcomer Bronco when it debuts in 2021, over the tried and true Jeep and the reinvented Land Rover Defender. The Bronco Sport is launching late in 2020. The Bronco manages to be a fresh face with new ideas and a tried and true nameplate familiar to automotive enthusiasts for decades. What do you think of the new Broncos? Let me know in the comments!