For car enthusiasts, the Mustang brings about two distinct reactions: love or hate. It seems like every lead-footed kid has his own self-proclaimed hot rod Mustang, even if it’s a V6 automatic with an obnoxious sounding sewing machine muffler, and an oily $30 cold air intake. However, advancements in lightweight body components and more efficient forced induction have brought about a new era for Mustang, and many companies are eager to leave their own unique footprint on the brand. Below are six modded-out Mustangs from visionary builders and companies that will turn hate into love, and love into lust. Check ’em out.
1964 Holman & Moody Build
In 1964, Ford contracted Holman and Moody to build a special platform for the National Hot Rod Association’s Factory/Experimental Class to compete in the 1965 drag racing circuit. They built 10 cars powered by 427 big blocks. This was the first contract-built Ford Mustang to ever be produced.
While the Galpin Rocket is a unique creation, raw power belongs to the Saleen 302 Yellow Label. This beast puts out a whopping 730hp and 600lb/ft of torque. While contract builds are intended to be a factory style production, notice the difference in the front clip between the Galpin and Fisker build and the factory Saleen Yellow Label. Saleen also offers the Black Label Edition which comes standard comes with a 450-HP 302ci 5.0L V8, but can also be special ordered with the Yellow Label’s 730hp supercharged motor.
2015 Ford Mustang Ecoboost
Nobody in the car world would have thought that Ford could recover from the disaster that was the V6 and four-cylinder mustang of the ‘80’s and 90’s. From 1984 to 1986 Ford produced a 200hp, turbocharged SVO model. So they decided to give it another go. This time, however, Ford entered the game with something completely new, a 310hp 2.3L 4cyl Ecoboost turbocharged marvel of modern technology. The 6 speed GT Ecoboost even has quicker and more accurate synchros than the 5.0 V8 GT. Not to mention it gets 22mpg city and 31mpg highway. For comparison, the 3.7V6 gets 19 city and 28 highway while the GT barely pulls off 16mpg city and 25mpg highway. It may still be a 4cyl, that’s a hard argument to back up when it still puts you back in your seat with a smile on your face.