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Welcome to the Mustang Club of  Tampa!

Registration for the 35th Annual MCT Mustang, Ford & Shelby Roundup has begun. Click on the button to be taken to our on-line registration form!

Greetings MCT Members


I am pleased to announce that we have some fresh ideas within the organization. First is Harry DePeppe, our Newsletter Editor has passed his torch to Melinda Morales, who has accepted the position. Harry will now serve as the Membership Director and I could not be prouder to announce his new assignment. Harry is always welcoming new Mustang owners and educating them about our club. Congratulations to both of you in your new roles!


In addition, we have been working on a new website. Member and Director on the Board Scott Englert has spent countless hours working with the club to capture our vision. A huge thank you to Scott for helping us with our ideas and volunteering his time. The new website will be launched in the New Year!


Please be sure to read the full Newsletter this month as it covers the many shows, including the MCT Annual RoundUp on 11/5, Mason Dixon’s Best of the Best on 11/13 and the Car Shows 4 Charity Poker Run on 11/19.


CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS!!! Please email me where and when you can help! We will need:

- Volunteers for judging, parking and 50/50 sales for MCT. We are holding a judging clinic on Oct. 8th at 9:30am at BCF for anyone interested in helping us judge at our upcoming show on 11/5.


-Volunteers to help with parking at Mason Dixon Best of the Best. -Volunteers for CS4C Poker Run for work stops, sell 50/50, and parking at the end of the show.


I look forward to spending time with you at the upcoming shows, in the meantime if you have any questions or want to volunteer for any of the events, please email or call me.
Warm Regards, Joyce

Joyce Bendishaw | President

Mustang Club of Tampa


Cell: 813-957-6376



Junkyard Gem: The Mustang nobody wants to talk about

The first-generation Ford Mustang started out as a pretty small Falcon sibling, then put on bulk every year until the cartoonish 3000-pound-plus 1973 models. For the 1974 Mustang, Ford switched to the compact Pinto platform... which turned out to be excellent timing, what with the nightmare energy crisis of late 1973. The bad news was that the Mustang II was, well, a Pinto underneath.

You won't see many 1974–1978 Mustang IIs in wrecking yards these days, since they were sold as sporty-looking econo-commuters, didn't hold their value very far into the 1980s, and have become quasi-collectible only in recent years. Most of them came with the gas-sipping SOHC 2300 inline-four engine, though the 2.8-liter Cologne V6 and 302-cubic-inch Windsor V8 were available, if seldom purchased, options. This one, which I spotted last week in a San Francisco Bay Area self-service yard, has the Pinto 2300.


Ford bought the Ghia design house in 1970, and by 1977 it was slapping Ghia badges on Fiestas, Granadas, and the Mustang II. This one once had a luxurious vinyl top, but decades of California sun have nuked it to near-nothingness.

Of course, Malaise Era Detroit cars with vinyl tops tended to fare poorly in coastal California, with its corrosive smog, harsh sunlight, and wet winters. This one has plenty of rot where the Ghia landau roof once lived.


This Shelby Hasn’t Seen Daylight for 40 Years

At the Bonhams Greenwich Auction next month in Greenwhich, Connecticut the purest Shelby GT350 in existence will go under the gavel.

See, this 1966 Shelby GT350 has been untouched for the last 40 years.

It started life as a demonstration car for a Ford dealership in Framingham, Massachusetts with the occasional race thrown in. The car was sold in 1976 with 55,000 miles on the clock, where it was promptly driven into storage and left unmolested.

The car actually holds “carryover” status, meaning it’s VIN and mechanicals are from 1965 but it wears 1966 styling.

When it goes to auction June 5th it will be presented in “as found” state, a true time capsule with the most gorgeous patina you could hope for. If you ask me it’s an excellent candidate for the sleeper treatment, screw the trailer queens. Not literally of course.

Included in the sale are it’s original Cragar Shelby mags and every service receipt and document from the cars past.

Bonhams expects the Shelby to sell for between $90,000 and $120,000, which is nearly half the Hagerty book value for GT350s–oh and there’s no reserve…

2017 Mustang Colors Revealed

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Thanks to the guys over at Mustang6G we get our first look at the MY 2017 paint palette. 

Most notably 2017 will see the return of Grabber Blue- a popular option with S197’s, which joins two paints that will be a first for any Mustang.

Lightning Blue is borrowed from the 2017 Escape and Fusion, in addition to White Platinum Metallic.

While the Mustang may be gaining three new colors it will also loose three. If you’re interested in Deep Impact Blue, Competition Orange or Guard you better get your order in before the June 1 cut off date for 2016 cars.

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