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Welcome to the Mustang Club of  Tampa!

Summer Message from our President:


MCT Members:


I hope everyone enjoyed their Memorial Day weekend! Yes, summer is here in Tam-pa and it is hot, hot, hot……………….


A huge thank you to every-one who came out to the Pony Party at Bill Currie Ford on May 14th. It was a great event that raised over $30,000 for the DeBartolo Family Foundation Teachers Supply Giveaway. This show would not be a success with-out all of you who volunteer and participate in the event.


We are arranging a club event to tour Don Garlits Museum in Ocala with lunch afterwards for month of June. I will send email out to everyone once details are finalized.
Reminder, it is time to renew Membership. If you have not sent your dues in, please do so at your earliest convenience. You can go to www.mustangcluboftampa.com and select membership to complete online form and submit payment of dues. If you have any questions regarding your membership, please email Marilu Gonzalez at Membership@mustangcluboftampa.com. 


Have a safe and happy Summer!


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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