"Jaded"

1966 Ford Mustang Coupe

Builder: Bay One Customs
Trend: Old Mustang meets new

there's more late-model Mustang than just the nose here; the entire interior and dash is from a '03 Cobra, as is the supercharged ...

This is a trend that seems to be a favorite among Mustang guys since the retro reinvention of the Mustang's style in 2005: grafting parts from new cars into the old sheetmetal. The headlights and hood shape seem to be favorite styling cues, and when well integrated, it works nicely. But it's far from easy; there are far more ways to do it wrong than right. Kevin Tetz knows this well and nearly gave up on the effort of subtly reshaping the '66 fenders to swallow the '05 headlights and morphing the hood into a version of a '08 GT500KR that would meet up with the new body line. It's a ridiculous amount of subtle work. A friend finally reminded Tetz that if he gave up and went a different direction on his dream car, every time he looked at it afterward he'd have a tinge of regret. That sealed the deal and Tetz went back to work figuring out how to make it fit. But there's more late-model Mustang than just the nose here; the entire interior and dash is from a '03 Cobra, as is the supercharged 32V 4.6 and the T56 behind it.

By The Numbers

Engine: 32V 4.6L with Eaton supercharger, 675 hp
Trans: Tremec T56
Rearend: 9-inch Ford with 3.73 gears
Suspension/Chassis: Schwartz Performance chassis with Schwartz Performance tubular control arms and RideTech coilovers
Brakes: 6-piston Baer calipers on 14-inch rotors
Wheels & Tires: 18x8 and 18x10 Forgeline wheels with 255/35R18 and 285/30R18 BFGoodrich KDW II tires
Contact: Bay One Customs; 615-419-7118; BayOneCustoms.com

"Martini Mustang T5R"

1966 Mustang Fastback

Builder: Pure Vision Design
Trend: "What if?"

what if Ford had decided to join forces with a European race team to continue with series rally competition?

While classic Mustangs are mostly remembered for their quarter-mile and Trans-Am racing, it was actually European rally racing where they scored their first wins and turned heads. In its first year of production, Mustangs finished first and second in class in the 1964 Tour de France international rally. The effort tapered off after 1966, but what if Ford had decided to join forces with a European race team to continue with series rally competition? "What if" scenarios like that are something that Steve Strope of Pure Vision Design specializes in, and he let his imagination run wild on what the ultimate partner would be for Ford to seek out. Martini Racing technically didn't begin sponsoring cars until 1968, but Strope proposes that a chance to lay their iconic dark blue, light blue, and red stripes on the sensational new Mustang would have drawn them in earlier. Like all of Strope's cars, little cues to the heritage of both brands abound. Choosing a Shelby GT350R as his dream base car, we particularly like how Strope managed to masterfully morph GT350R cues such as the aluminum window frames in with more European style wheels and driving lights. Mustang cognoscenti will note that the scheme for the Martini stripes mimics GT350 side stripes and the single top stripe like that found on the '64 Mustang pace cars. And, of course, it's designated as a T5, like all exported Mustangs, since the name was copyrighted in Europe. The biggest shock is underhood: It's a Ford Indy quad-cam engine like those that powered Ford's racers at the Indianapolis Speedway from 1964 to 1977.

By The Numbers

Engine: 291ci Ford Indy quad-cam, built and de-tuned to 425 hp for street use by Ed Pink
Trans: C&R Racing CR1 four-speed
Rearend: 9-inch Ford with 3.73 gears
Suspension/Chassis: Detroit Speed & Engineering Aluma-Frame with tubular upper and lower control arms, "Detroit Tuned" rack, DSE/JRi aluminum coilovers up front, DSE QuadraLink and Deep Tubs in the rear
Brakes: 4-piston Wilwood calipers on 13-inch rotors
Wheels & Tires: 17x8 and 17x12 Evod Industries one-off wheels with 245/45R17 and 295/40R17 Kumho tires
Contact: Pure Vision Design; 805-522-2232; PureVisionDesign.com

"Bridget's First Car"

1965 Chevy II Wagon

Builder: Detroit Speed & Engineering
Trend: Responsible rods

some cars just make more practical choices for fitting into the multiple roles a true daily driver must fulfill.

We suppose you could say this trend falls in with the "daily driver" category, but we contend that this one goes a step further. While anything can be made into a daily driver, some cars just make more practical choices for fitting into the multiple roles a true daily driver must fulfill. That's why SUVs and crossovers are so popular. We like to call 'em "responsible rods." Wagons are the natural choice since they were the original choice for those who had things to do and people to move. This particular pink (or is it salmon?) wagon was the vehicle of choice for Bridget Kavanaugh's first hot rod. The car was already a very clean and straight example with no real rust or damage. All it really needed was a fresh and reliable drivetrain, and a chassis that would make it fun for occasional autocrossing. Bridget's dad commissioned DSE for the build, with a deadline of Bridget's 16th birthday. The only mandates: make sure it's California legal, and don't touch the paint! The DSE crew not only made the deadline, on Bridget's birthday the wagon was delivered to her at Virginia International Raceway where an autocross course was set up for her. Kyle and Stacey Tucker were both on hand to offer pro advice. Later, after a few shows, Bridget and her dad drove the wagon cross-country from DSE's shop to SoCal. So far it's already racked up 4,500 issue-free miles and counting.

By The Numbers

Engine: 6.2L E-Rod LS3 motor from Chevrolet Performance Parts
Trans: Bowler 4L65E, Compushift controller
Rearend: DSE 9-inch with Moser axles and centersection, 3.50 gears
Suspension/Chassis: DSE Chevy II front frame with tubular control arms and DSE/JRi coilovers and stamped inner fenders up front. DSE deep tubs and Chevy II QuadraLink rear suspension in the rear.
Brakes: 4-piston Baer calipers on 14-inch rotors
Wheels & Tires: 18x9 and 18x10 Schott wheels with 275/35 and 295/35 BFGoodrich KDW II tires
Contact: Detroit Speed & Engineering; 704-662-3272; DetroitSpeed.com

"The Grinch"

1970 Chevy Camaro

Builder: Ringbrothers
Trend: Subtlety that rewards the cognoscenti

The beauty of this trend is that the car will never really be out of style, since it stays true to the original look.

The Ringbrothers cars are always easily picked out in a crowd: They have a hallmark style that consists of body alterations that are always complementary to the original lines. Some are more easily overlooked than others, but the cars always have a distinct "custom" air about them. This Camaro, known as "The Grinch" (because what else do you call a car painted that color?), is by far their most subtle creation to date. At first glance, and even second glance, it appears to be a mostly stock second-gen Camaro with some nice wheels. That's exactly what the owner asked for, a perfected version of a second-gen that would be very hard to pick apart-even with a stock car parked next to it. To make that happen, Mike and Jim Ring had to keep their alterations very restrained, but make no mistake, there are tons of them all over the car. For example, the rockers have been lowered an inch, the nose and body lines have been reshaped, the wheelwells reshaped, the fender flares inverted for more tire room, the rear quarter lengthened, the rear bumper is from a '70 Mustang, and the hood is actually a new two-piece Ringbrothers part that has removable centersections for different looks. And that's just a tiny taste! The beauty of this trend is that the car will never really be out of style, since it stays true to the original look. Oh, and that paint? It's basically the original Citrus Green without the metallic and is available as Grinch Green from BASF.

By The Numbers

Engine: LS3 built by Wagner with custom sheetmetal intake, 602 hp
Trans: Tremec TKO five-speed
Rearend: 12-bolt with 4.11 gears
Suspension/Chassis: Detroit Speed & Engineering (DSE) complete front subframe with tubular control arms and DSE/JRi shocks, DSE Quadralink rear suspension with DSE/JRi shocks
Brakes: 6-piston Wilwood calipers on 14-inch rotors
Wheels & Tires: 18x11 and 18x12 Billet Specialties with 315/30R18 and 335/30R18 BFGoodrich tires
Contact: Ringbrothers; 608-588-739; Ringbrothers.com