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Welcome to the Mustang Club of  Tampa!

February’s Message from our President:

 

MCT Members:

 

Happy NEW YEAR!  Hope everyone had a safe and happy celebration!!!!

 

We have several activities coming up.  On February 6th we are celebrating our first 2016 Event with a Cars and Coffee tour at STREETSIDE CLASSICS in Wesley Chapel.  In typical MCT fashion we will be gathering together for lunch after the event. 

 

There are many car shows coming up in the next several weeks, please check out our website for events and flyers.

 

I am excited to announce that April 17th is NATIONAL MUSTANG DAY.  Many of our members are attending the MCA National Show in St. Augustine.  We are also working on a local cruise for those who cannot make the trip to MCA show. 

 

If you have any ideas you want to share for upcoming events, please email me.  All suggestions are welcomed!

 

Warm Regards,

 

Joyce Bendishaw – President, Mustang Club of Tampa

 

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.

Throwback Thursday: This Beautiful Boss 429 Was Among the First 50 Built

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375 hp, 429 cu. in. overhead-valve V-8 engine with Holley four-barrel carburetor and a four-speed close-ratio manual transmission- What more do you want? 

During the late 60s Ford was facing increasing competition from its cross town rivals on the race track, Chrysler and their HEMI in particular. Back then NASCAR rules required manufacturers must homologate at least 500 cars equipped with their competition engine of choice in order to be eligible for racing.

It was this environment that birthed one of the most brutal engines ever made available to the consuming public. 429-cubic inches of all American horsepower. Ford then turned around and dropped their NASCAR spec 429 into the Mustang. Because production numbers were so low each Boss 429 started life equipped with a Super Cobra Jet 428, Kar Kraft handled the conversion.

In 1969 you could buy a Boss 429 for just shy of $5,000, the priciest non-Shelby Mustang at the time. Only 859 were produced and the story goes that Ford was losing $1,800 on every one sold.

These were, essentially, NASCARs in street trim.

This particular Boss 429 was one of the earliest cars painted in Candy Apple Red and among the first 50 ever produced. It underwent a full restoration at the hands of Ed Mayer, head judge of the Shelby American Automobile Club. In 2013 it sold for $275,000 at RM Sotheby’s auction in Monterey.

Throwback Thursday: Pretty in Playmate Pink

 

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During a brief and bizarre phase in the ’60s pink Mustangs were in play. 

 

The car that started it off was (likely) a ’65 Mustang painted a special shade of light pink and awarded to 1964 Playmate of the Year, Donna Michelle.

There is savage argument over whether the car might actually be a 1964 1/2, but the real madness starts when you ask what IS ‘Playmate Pink’?

 

During ’65 and ’66 you could option your Mustang in ‘Playmate Pink’ paint with special order WT9036 and again in 67 using WT9036 (albeit a different shade).

 

Many have tried to pass off any old rare ‘Playmate Pink’ Mustang as the original convertible with white interior and wire wheels, but they’re lying to you. The whereabouts of the Mustang pictured with Donna in February 1965 remain unknown.

Mustangs Arrive Down Under

 

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The first Ford Mustang’s rolled onto Australian soil this morning but no you can’t have one; they’re sold out until 2017.

 

The first 500 cars were dropped off in Melbourne this morning ahead of its showroom debut in January. According to Drive Ford has received 20,000 expressions of interest, with over 4,000 of those putting money down.

 

To put that in perspective: Mustang demand is triple what it was for the mythical (to us) Ford Falcon V8. The Aussies are living up to their reputation as speed freaks too; 86 percent of buyers optioned the 5.0 Coyote V8.

 

We also hear that Ford Oz is gearing up to sell Roush Performance parts to the terminally addicted through official dealer channels.

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