Galpin creates widebody Mustang for the Barrett‐Jackson Collector Car Auction

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 2, 2012

SPX Corporation has chosen Galpin Auto Sports to create a unique top-performing Ford Mustang that will be auctioned in January 2012 at the Barrett‐Jackson Collector Car Auction in Scottsdale, Ariz. But before going to Scottsdale, it was unveiled to the public on September 22 in Las Vegas. The car made several appearances at auto shows and events throughout the country, such as in SEMA 2011. GAS fabricated an all‐metal wide‐body that extends the width of the vehicle by nine inches more than a stock Mustang.

Its engine performance is increased to over 700hp by a Ford Racing supercharger. This complements the aggressive design and stance of this vehicle, which clearly takes inspiration from the Mustang BOSS 429. It also features Forgiato 22x14 rear and 21x11 front three‐piece GTR wheels that were covered by 335/25/22 and 295/25/21 Pirelli tires.

Its interior was enhanced by custom red suede and black leather trim and upholstery with suede headliner. In addition, the Mustang comes with a Bassani Performance exhaust system, a 1000‐watt JL Audio system, a custom formulated PPG paint, and several other unique features.

All the proceeds from the auction will benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, the world-famous center for the research and treatment of pediatric cancer and other tragic childhood diseases. This center doesn’t ever refuse treatment due to reasons involving religion, race, or poverty.

Still reflecting the redesign made on the 2010 model, the new Ford Mustang is gifted with a powerdome hood, grille and headlamps as well as lower fascias and fenders. To give the front end of the new Mustang a neater look, Ford has tucked its washer-fluid nozzles into the cowl and relocated the antenna to the rear. Moreover this solution also allowed Ford to reduce wind noise on the new Mustang.

Further exterior elements of the Mustang include front fenders with sculptured wheel flares as well as a classic spear character line on the doors that flows to create a new interpretation of the "hip" rear fenders.

This design, according to Mustang chief designer Darrell Behmer, gives the vehicle an aggressive, forward direction. Meanwhile, the rear end of this pony car is defined by a sculptured deck lid, sharply angled corners, and prominent badge. Some models of the new Ford Mustang feature a rearview camera integrated into the rear spoiler.

Its taillamps come with three LED bulbs that light up sequentially from the inside serving as turn indicators. To recall, sequential bulbs were a characteristic element of the Mustang in the '60s, with the vertical reverse lamps serving a modern interpretation of the Ford’s classic three-lens taillamp.

On the other hand, the interior is endowed with a number of modifications as well. For instance, the Mustang is now provided with a new speedometer and tachometer—both accommodated in a one-piece instrument panel that feature seamless soft-touch TPO (Thermoplastic Olefin) skin.

Also available are aluminum-finish panels. The instrument panel and console flow as one shape, laden with chrome-ringed gauges and dual-vane air register vents. Ford will assemble the new Mustang at the AutoAlliance International Plant in Flat Rock, Michigan, while its new 3.7-liter V6 engine will be built at the carmaker’s Cleveland Engine Plant No. 1.

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