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.
Today, we loaded our '67 Mustang Fastback on to a trailer for its short journey to the body shop.
And so begins the long and somewhat frustrating experience of fitting the new body panels to my Mustang.
Back in the 1960s, all Mustang engine bays would have been painted black, rather than body-colour as we’re used to seeing on European cars. We wanted to preserve that.