Orlando, FL – America’s most iconic sports car, the original Ford Mustang, is back in production, better than ever. The first true replica of the Mustang, looking just as stunning as the original, but with modern powertrain and technology is being launched by Revology Cars, a specialty automobile manufacturer based in Winter Park, Florida.
Award-winning coachbuilder Classic Recreations is proud to announce a new division, CR Supercars, dedicated to handcrafting turn-key supercars that fuse classic styling from the golden age of American muscle cars with the latest high-tech engine and chassis components to create world-class sports cars that are totally bespoke and turn-key. Debuted at the 2014 SEMA Show by Centerforce Clutches and MMA fighter Josh “The Warmaster” Barnett, the Mustang Villain is the first model from the CR Supercars lineup. Based on an iconic design but totally reimagined for 2015, the Villain marks an exciting departure for Classic Recreations, a company known for its world-renowned Shelby continuation cars.
The CR Supercars Mustang Villain starts life as an original 1968 Mustang Fastback. CR Supercars strips the car to a bare shell then updates the iconic sheet metal with new composite body panels that are crafted using the latest 3D mold making technology. Accented with subtle carbon fiber trim, the design accentuates the Mustang fastback’s timeless lines but improves aerodynamics and reduces weight. Once the new panels are fit to the car, it undergoes a 2,500 man-hour transformation. The car is rebuilt using cutting-edge performance tech, hand-rubbed custom paint and a custom-stitched interior. All of that creates the ultimate sports car: more unique then an Italian exotic and faster than anything from Detroit.
The Mustang Villain is powered by Ford Racing’s 420-HP all-aluminum DOHC 5.0L Coyote engine, which will be mated to a Tremec T-56 Magnum six-speed manual transmission through a Centerforce DYAD.
The Villain performs as well on a canyon road as it does in the quarter mile, thanks to a Detroit Speed Engineering suspension system that includes a hydro-formed Aluma-Frame fitted with Corvette-based A-arms, a QUADRAlink 4-link rear suspension and fully adjustable DSE/JRi coilovers. CR Supercars utilizes massive Wilwood six-piston 14-inch brakes at all four corners and sits them behind a custom set of 18-inch Grip Equipped Series Wheels by Forgeline.
The Villain marks the next level in performance from Classic Recreations. Its CR Supercars division is developing other exciting advanced-technology tribute cars. Look for another industry-rocking CR Supercars debut in the near future.
420-HP Ford Racing all-aluminum DOHC 5.0L Coyote
Tremec T5 five-speed
Suspension and Chassis:
Detroit Speed Aluma-frame with Corvette-based A-arms
QUADRAlink 4-link rear suspension
Fully Adjustable DSE/JRi Coilover System< Brakes:
Front and Rear: WIlwood six-piston caliper 14-inch brakes
Grip Equipped Series Wheels By Forgeline
Old Air Climate Control System
Kicker Audio Sound System
Custom coachbuilder, Classic Recreations, debuted its Coyote powered 1967 Shelby G.T.500CR in the Dynacorn booth at the 2013 SEMA Show. The Classic Recreations G.T.500CR is the only officially licensed 1967 Shelby Mustang in production, and this Coyote engine model features modern performance suspension, model specific bodywork, custom paint and hand-stitched upholstery to create a Shelby with classic Mustang styling and modern driving performance—a formula for which Classic Recreations is known .
Powered by a Ford Racing Coyote 5.0 crate engine, this G.T500CR has 490 horsepower and 429 ft-lb of torque at 4,250 RPMs. Like the 545 model, Classic Recreations begins with an original Mustang body by Dynacorn, completely stripping it down and adding modernized suspension, power rack and pinion steering and a Tremec five speed manual transmission to insert modern driving experience. Other features include Carroll Shelby signature rally series 1000 seats, larger 17×9.5 rear wheels and front and rear coilover suspension for modern sports car handling.
“If you like the graceful drivability of a modern G.T.500, but prefer the classic Mustang styling, this is the car for you,” said Classic Recreations owner, Jason Engel. “Classic Recreations combines modern technology with classic styling to create a best-of-both worlds experience. Now, customers can get a CR car with the same engine offered by Ford for the current Mustang.”
Classic Recreations also offers a G.T.500CR 900s model, which has all the features of the 545 model plus boosted power to 780hp with an F1-R Intercooled ProCharger supercharged engine. Other upgrades include a 200mph speedometer and racing-style bucket seats. The 900s also boasts suspension and chassis upgrades as well as 17×11″ rear wheels and wider ultra high performance Goodyear tires.
All G.T.500CRs are available in five different color schemes and features authentic Shelby Performance parts and a real Shelby Le Mans racing gas cap. The Classic Recreations cars also come with an official Shelby serial number, badges and are included in the official Shelby Worldwide Registry.
For more info head on over to www.1967fastback.com/
It’s no surprise really that Classic Recreations would dabble with continuation models of the GT350. So when we saw their beautiful 1966 Shelby GT350 prototype on the road we could hardly contain our sheer excitement at yet another wonderfully built automobile. Though now in fully fledged production the car features a 545 HP 427 cubic inch stroker motor, authentic Shelby Performance Parts, rack and pinion steering, race inspired coil over suspension, oversized disc brakes just to begin with. Not bad for a hand built car just a nudge over $100k.
Though what does it go like? We only had to wait until yesterday to find out when the gents over at Road & Track shared their experience with us after returning from a canyon run with the car. And the verdict? Well head over to Road&Track to find out.
This prototype comes with an official Shelby serial number and will be included in the official Shelby American World Registry. The official production run will also be limited to ten cars a year. Don’t miss the auction taking place at the Mecum Auctions during Monterey Car Week this Friday August 16.
Classic Recreations, a bespoke coachbuilder known for its award-winning Shelby muscle cars, will offer a prototype 1966 Shelby G.T.350CR through Mecum Auctions on Aug. 16, 2013 at 4:05p.m. (lot number F165) during Monterey Car Week. This one-of-a-kind build is the first 1966 G.T.350 continuation car from Classic Recreations, a company already revered for its popular ’67 Shelby G.T.500CR builds. The Shelby-licensee combines classic Shelby styling cues, such as functional brake scoops, riveted quarter window covers, side exhaust and iconic LeMans stripes with modern technology to create a turn-key supercar with modern performance and reliability and iconic good looks.
The 1966 Shelby G.T.350 is one of the most beloved sports cars ever built and I’m thrilled to contribute to the Shelby legacy.
This first-of-its kind Shelby (serial number SCR350-00P) was built with input and oversight from Shelby Licensing, starting life as an original 1966 Mustang fastback before undergoing a complete ground-up rebuild. Features include a 545hp fuel injected 427 cubic inch (7.0L) small block Ford Racing crate motor, coil-over suspension, power rack and pinion steering and a Tremec five speed manual transmission to add to the modern driving experience. Other features include Carroll Shelby signature rally series 1000 seats, climate control, a top-shelf sound system, a dual-tank Nitrous injection system, bespoke forged three-piece HRE Performance wheels, Wilwood brakes and custom paint. The G.T.350CR prototype comes with an official Shelby serial number and will be included in the official Shelby American World Registry. Full specs are included below.
“The 1966 Shelby G.T.350 is one of the most beloved sports cars ever built and I’m thrilled to contribute to the Shelby legacy”. said Jason Engel, Owner of Classic Recreations. “There is no question that the ’66 holds a special place in the hearts of racing and Shelby fans, but the original cars are now difficult to drive due to their value and antiquated underpinnings. We were able to pair the original design with modern technology for the ultimate driving experience – and this is the very first car in the line.”
After the prototype is auctioned, Classic Recreations will begin taking orders for Shelby G.T.350CRs with a limit of ten each year. More information can be found on www.ClassicRecreations.com and www.Mecum.com.
It’s not too often we hear about an established Mustang builder producing cars out of an old aircraft hanger. And certainly not one based in the Southern Hemisphere. Though that’s just what Classic Speed Inc are doing. It’s time the other side of the world can rejoice! Located in the Philippines at the former US Air Force Base Clark Field, 90 km’s north of Manila. The re-born “Special Economic Zone” was established after the US Military left following the eruption of Mount Pinatubo. This zone rejuvenation has provided the perfect location for the guys at Classic Speed. Positioning them well to setup a large scale operation maily aimed at Australian and New Zealand clients.
Classic Speed seem to specialise in right-hand-drive Mustang conversions and after arriving by sea freight from the USA the cars clear customs and are delivered to the factory where work begins on either custom cars already purchased by clients or cars destined for the showroom floor.
You can choose to buy a car straight off said floor and in which case in will take approximately 8-weeks to land in Australia from Manila. More obviously to the USA or Europe.
Though if you choose to go down the custom route the team there will work with you to create your one of a kind vehicle. Depending on the customers specifications the build will typically take 10 – 12 months.
However one thing also encouraged by the team at Classic Speed is to fly into Manila and visit the factory in person. They will also arrange some laps at the local international race track to help you choose which Mustang fits you. Bonus!
One thing is for sure, if we’re ever in the Manila area we’ll be stopping by for a visit.
Check out their photos below courtesy of Top Gear Philippines
It’s been a good four years since we were taken inside Classic Recreations home of operations to see how they put together their world famous continuation Shelby Mustangs. This past week however, the guys over at MustangsDaily got the grand tour.
It’s funny to think when we last took a look inside the CR workshop the GT500CR wsa not even being built. But now four years on we’re privilidged to have a range of continuation Shelby’s rolling off their production line. Even right hand drive versions for the UK and Australian customers.
We’re not going to steal MustangDaily’s thunder so head on over there to check out their write up and fantastic pictures.
It’s not too often we get to see great videos covering vintage Mustangs and we rarely get to see inside the modern day restorers work shop. Last year we shared some brief videos inside Yukon Mustang builders Classic Recreations headquarters. Though now SPEED Channel’s Hot Rod TV have gotten access inside the workshop. The episode mainly features Classic Recreations’ foray into modern day Mustang coach-building and the company’s work on their all new 2012 ‘Villain’ Mustang they were preparing for SEMA. We also get to see owner Jason Engel check out the 2012 Hot Rod Power Tour.
Checkout the 21 minute episode below.
We all know about the public demise of the once powerhouse that was Unique Performance. Once loved by everyone for what they were doing in the vintage mustang restoration scene they quickly became one of the most despised companies after they were found to be using prisoners to build cars, not delivering on orders and losing hundreds of thousands of dollars of customer funds.
Once bankrupt the company was broken down and every little piece was sold off so creditors could recoup some of the $900,000 owed. Though these days most of the odds and ends from the Unique Performance auctions have been long used on other cars or sold off you still can find things like shifters and t-shirts popping up on eBay.
This seller is almost done with selling off his box of 50 Unique Performance t-shirts. At the time of writing only 3 are available. We certainly wouldn’t want to be wearing one of these around the local restoration shop. Did someone say awkward?