Some cars go further than provide mere automotive transport; they represent a moment in history, perhaps even define a nation.
There are few cars more iconic than the Ford Mustang. And of all the Mustangs that have been produced over the last 50 years, the 1967 Fastback represents a high-point in the model's heritage, perhaps even automotive design.
And so began a project to locate a derelict wreck, and restore it.
This is what we started with:
The first Mustang off the production line was (mistakenly) sold to an airline pilot.
When Ford realised their mistake, they tried (and failed) to buy it back.
Eventually, they convinced the owner to allow them to swap it for the one millionth Mustang 18 months later.
We'll be upgrading many of our Mustang's components with modern-day equivalents.
Rebuilt 289ci V8 engine with electronic fuel injection
Rebuilt C4 automatic transmission
Power disc brake conversion, front & rear
Rebuilt one-inch 'Shelby drop' with Koni dampers
Rack & pinion power steering conversion
Digitally-controlled combined heater/AC system
Flowmaster stainless steel exhaust system
Black vinyl interior with brushed aluminium 'Deluxe' trim
Gail Wise inadvertently became the first Mustang owner when she bought her car on April 15 1964 -
- two days before it was launched. She still owns it today.
In one of the pictures sent by our US contact of the cowl replacement work, I spotted a small piece of paper taped to the remains of the dash wiring loom.
Finally, after quite possibly the longest shipping container journey in history, our 1967 Mustang Fastback has arrived in the UK.
Since the original documents for our 1967 Ford Mustang Fastback are long gone, lost in a stream of owners over the last 48 years or so, we wanted to recreate some of the documentation our car would have originally been supplied with.