The body will be mated with the Roadster Shop’s Fast Track Mustang chassis riding with 19- and 20-inch Nutek wheels and Pirelli tires. The heart of Pegasus will be a Coyote 5.0 worked over by Sean Hyland Motorsports paired with a six-speed automatic trans. Keeping with the concept vibe, the interior will rely heavily on factory ’11 Mustang parts with custom pieces to blend everything together. Watch for the debut of Pegasus in an upcoming issue of PHR.
From the Imagination of Ben Hermance
Wait a minute, that’s a Monza? Shockingly, yes. We don’t ever recall it ever occurring to us that a Monza could be a great basis for a handling machine, but now that we see Ben Hermance’s artwork, we picture it as an autocross king, thanks to its lightweight, short wheelbase that makes it easy to toss an aluminum block LS underhood.
For the look, Hermance went for something that was a combination of stock Monza and IMSA for the frontend treatment. Hermance’s more graceful version would require custom forming, but ’70s road-racestyle IMSA body kits and fiberglass parts are still available from VFNFiberglass.com and Showcars-Bodyparts.com. The IMSA-style headlight covers are a must, but lose the square stuff and use BMW halo-style headlights.
To get suitably wide 18-inch wheels and sticky rubber underneath calls for a bit more flair and reshaping to the wheelwells; we’re actually thinking that the lip from a 1999-2005 Audi All-Road wagon could be close.
Rather than bare bones, this little Monza gets the upscale treatment with gloss and flat black two-tone paint, and a red leather interior with recovered racing buckets. Will you ever look at a derelict Monza the same way again?
From the Imagination of Ben Hermance
This is one we’re surprised we haven’t seen yet, since it works so well with only subtle revisions. Eric Brockmeyer based this AMC on the most recognizable and distinctive ’71-74 Javelin. This car is a ’73, but any of those years could carry Brockmeyer’s subdued design. For this one, think American muscle car meets high-end European touring car. Elegance, plenty of gadgets, and comfort in abundance. It’s for the man who wants that upscale cruise-control-set-on-150 on the autobahn, but is true to his love for muscle cars. It’s not just bench racing either. This one is a real project at B Rod or Custom, and for now, the plan calls for an Aston Martin V-12 from a Vanquish S, which is legit for an American Motors car, since it was actually designed by Ford Research here in the United States.
The body stays stock, including the integral roof spoiler, though sculpted side pipes now grow from the Javelin’s rockers. Brockmeyer took full advantage of the distinctive fender bulges, which were actually designed with the idea of accommodating oversized race tires on very low cars, and filled them up with three-piece 19- and 20-inch wheels and supercar spec rubber. The chassis is full custom, however, with new framerails and front suspension by B, as well as an Aston Martin IRS. Now we’ve gone from eccentric to eye popping.
From the Imagination of Eric Brockmeyer
The name Flat Bastard may or may not be the eventual name for Jon Clark’s ’68 Valiant street Trans-Am car (as envisioned by Tavis Highlander, the same ingenious automotive doodler who penned the concept for our Max Effort project car), but he made the mistake of calling it that while we were on the phone, so that’s what we’re going with!
Clark says: It’s flat, because of the flat finish paint, and bastard for the fact that it will be meaner than hell. Matt Delaney at Delaney Auto Design is the man who has to make sure it lives up to that statement in time for its scheduled public debut in Cherry Bomb’s 2011 SEMA booth, and in print here in PHR.