If you haven’t read Trevor‘s piece on the 2013 Arizona International Auto Show, I would suggest you go ahead and read it first because it very accurately describes the experience of being at the show and driving the cars, but I figure I might as well chime in and give my take on the test drives as well.
What’s more American than a red, white and blue, drag-racing 1969 Mustang Fastback? Perhaps the centennial-theme paint jobs adorning the worst that Detroit possibly had to offer -ever- in 1974… unfortunately, that’s a different story for a different time.
Like any trade show, the SEMA show has plenty of companies hawking products which they claim will be the “next big thing.” However, buried amongst the rows of vinyl wraps and import cars lies something truly amazing. Here is a car that was not just modified, but was fabricated based on a truly original idea.
The car you are looking at began life as a 1969 Mustang Mach 1, until it fell into the hands of David Eckert. For more than 25 years, he has run Eckert’s Rod and Custom shop in the little town of Molalla, Oregon. Eckert had the vision to create a one-of-a-kind Mustang like the world has never seen before.
The “old meets new” game has been played many times in today’s muscle car market, but no one pulls it off quite like Johnny Sparks. This company has taken a modern-day S197 Mustang GT and re-skinned it with modified body panels from a 1968 and 1969 Mustang. There’s no fiberglass here, folks – this car is sheet metal all around!
The company have called their gorgeous creation the Reversion Mustang, and I spotted it on display outside the Central Hall at SEMA 2012. The car blends a one-of-a-kind retro look with the power and performance of a new Mustang. According to the company’s website:
The best part of it all? The Reversion Mustang still retains 100% of the modern drive train, interior, glass, moldings, weather stripping, lighting, and safety. These cars perform, feel, and seal up just like they did off the dealer lot.
We are bringing another section to Generation: High Output. It’s called “Floor It From a Stop” and it’s going to be a video series. Basically, we are going to just shoot a video of us flooring it from a stop in every car we can get our hands on (whether it’s fast or not), just to document what it can do. The first car in the series is my Mark VII.
The video explains it in more detail:
In other site news, don’t forget to head over to the gallery once in a while, there’s always new stuff to check out. And keep an eye on our YouTube channel as well. I uploaded a pretty sweet video of a very mean sounding Shelby GT500 getting a little crazy leaving the Cars and Coffee show yesterday. In case you missed it, here it is:
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Before I begin, I would like to apologize for the poor quality of the photos. I think my camera must have a special mode that I don’t know about. I was able to see this car perfectly fine in person, but for some reason whenever I tried to take a picture of it, it came out terrible and grainy. I really believe my camera was trying to protect me from ever having to see this car again. Anyways, on to the car.
The other day I saw this going south on the I-17. Now to most people, this is just another shitbox from the 80’s. If we refine that scope a little more and target your average car enthusiast, he’ll tell you it’s a Mustang or maybe a “five point-oh” (if he wears black socks) Now let’s zoom in a little more. To your Mustang fanatic, or even 80’s car fanatic, he’ll tell you that this is the euro-stomping, SVO Ford Mustang. Continue reading