CHASSIS NO: 5F069T365576
• Supercharged Ford Racing 5.0 V-8 pushes 477 HP
• Custom interior with billet dash and carbon fiber gauges
• Impeccable black paint finish with flawless panel gaps
• Custom independent suspension with four-wheel Baer power disc brakes
• Mulit-six-figure build featured in three magazines
408 cid supercharged V-8 engine, 477 HP, five-speed Tremec TKO manual gearbox, fully independent custom coil-spring suspension, Baer power disc brakes; wheelbase: 108”
Not everyone gets the chance to customize a 1965 Mustang Fastback to their exact specs, but we’re pretty sure this fine example is very much the way any performance-oriented owner would go. Start with a new fully independent suspension system, featuring an R and C Motorsports Mustang II front system, and a CTM T5 fully independent coil-spring system in the rear, allowing for Baer disc brakes and giving room for the 18” Budnick Arrow Fat Lip wheels in the back. Combined with 17” Budnicks up front, and a slight shift of the front suspension 1.5” to the rear, and the weight distribution is spot-on perfect.
For power, it’s hard to fault the Vortech-blown Ford Racing performance 5.0 V-8 that pushes a verified 477 horsepower through a Tremec TKO five-speed manual gearbox and a Dana 44 rear end with 3.7 gears. It’s beautiful with GT 40-X aluminum heads, lots of billet fixtures, and a custom TFS Track Heat intake manifold with “Paladin” and a chessboard knight artfully inscribed across the top. Custom inner fenders, a smoothed firewall, and a Be Cool aluminum radiator finish off the highly detailed custom look. Inside, the custom bucket seats are clad in a tasteful combination of leather, vinyl, and ultra-suede, with custom door panels and Wilton wool carpets. The Colorado Custom paradox steering wheel is mounted to a Flaming River tilt steering column, with a full complement of Auto Meter carbon fiber gauges surrounding the JVC stereo head that is powered by a 640-watt Clarion amp.
Compared to the interior, the ebony body is quite understated, with just the Shelby-style hood and side scoops, tasteful custom graphics, and a Sikkens painted body that is finished to a degree of perfection no production line car could ever dream of. Like the black-clad gunfighter it is named for, this four-year project is understated yet very capable of holding its own at any stoplight or drag strip you’ll encounter.