Custom 1965 Ford Mustang Side

This Bonkers 1965 Mustang Autocross Car Hides A Baja Secret

Let’s be honest. Ford Mustangs are as common in America as baseball diamonds and apple pie. As such, you will find custom Stangs that strive to stand out in the crowd. However, unless your name is Ken Block, we don’t think you already see a Mustang as radically awesome as this one.

On the outside, it looks like a first generation 1965 Mustang. It was built by Mark Stevens, who also enjoys a bit of off-road action as a Baja rider. Stevens attended the 2018 event and we think he understands very clearly how important suspension components are in racing applications. Having amounts of power under the hood means nothing if you can’t get it to the ground, right?

That’s why we say it’s a 1965 Mustang outside. Things are much newer underneath, especially the front and rear subframes of a current generation Shelby GT350. Power is also current generation in the form of a 5.0-liter Coyote V8, and gearshifting is done with paddles on a 10-speed automatic. He’s improved the suspension, brakes, all kinds of racing gear, and since Stevens has Baja experience, there’s even a touch of trophy in this crazy build. It’s also full of custom made parts, and before you ask, no, you can’t buy one. According to Stevens, it’s too complicated to make it into a bolt-on kit.

This is not just a case study of Baja technology for autocrossing. Our friends at Muscle cars and trucks ran into Stevens and his mental Mustang during an SCCA event in northern Michigan. We don’t know how well the car performed that day, but judging from the plethora of vehicle photos included with the original MC&T article, we would say the car is more than capable of conquering a tight autocross course with extreme haste.

Discover the full story of this construction and nearly 30 photos on the source link below. Special thanks to MC&T to share some pictures with us. It’s definitely a Mustang to remember.

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