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2009 SEMA Mustangs - Click above for a high-res image gallery

There have always been plenty of Ford Mustangs at SEMA, ranging from the terrible and horrifying to the stunningly beautiful. This year looks to be no different, and we can expect plenty of pony cars to be on hand in Las Vegas, good or bad. Just a week before we make the annual trek out out to Sin City, Ford has provided a preview of some of the 'Stangs we can expect to see on the floor.

The list includes some familiar names, like 3dCarbon, Galpin Auto Sports, H&R Springs, and Steeda, all of which have put their unique touch on the new styling of the 2010 Mustang. A few of them look like they have a lot of potential including a carbon fiber bodied 550-horsepower Mustang built by drifter extraordinaire Vaughn Gittin Jr., while others like fashion designer-inspired black and gold Mustang might not receive rave reviews. Check 'em all out in the gallery below.

2010 Ford Mustang by 3dCarbon
  • 2010 Ford Mustang by 3dCarbon
  • The 3dCarbon Mustang is different from all other Mustangs because it is the true Boy Racer - an award-winning, full-body styling concept that was originally introduced with the 2005 Mustang body style. 3dCarbon introduces the 2010 Boy Racer - an evolution of styling from the old to the new featuring a bold aerodynamic design. The 3d Boy Racer is sure to turn heads.
  • 2010 Ford Mustang by Galpin Auto Sports
  • The Mustang GT Convertible is the true American thrill machine, and that thrill doubles with a Ford Racing 550-horsepower supercharger and one-of-a-kind custom wide body. This is the car to have - whether you're out on the road with the top down or in the city for a night on the town.
  • 2010 Ford Mustang by H&R Special Springs
  • H&R Special Springs has taken a new 2010 Mustang and built a time machine that is making the future visible now. Working from awesome new styling cues, H&R brings the future closer; from the personalized colorized wheels and subtle LED lighting accents on the exterior to the luxurious white accents inside, custom tuning is the wave.
  • 2010 Ford Mustang by Paul's High Performance
  • This 2010 Mustang GT is unmistakably built for the quarter-mile drag strip, with low elapsed times in mind. From the functional hood to the rear wing, its aggressive wheels, tires, exhaust and custom-designed Paul's High Performance products are all specifically tuned for maximum performance. Following in the Paul's High Performance tradition, this GT screams "Record breaker!" while showing off Mustang's impressive new body styling, which is way ahead of the competition.
  • 2010 Ford Mustang by Steeda Autosports
  • The Steeda Q350 - embodied with the very soul of Mustang performance - provides a dynamic, super responsive and absolutely confident driving experience. With more wins, records and championships in production-based Mustangs than any other specialty manufacturer, the Steeda Q350 is both track tested and street legal. From the racetrack to the open road, the Steeda Q series never fails to amaze, combining the dynamics and agility of a high-performance sports racer with the everyday practicality and comfort of America's original pony car - all in one integrated package.
  • 2010 Ford Mustang by Street Scene Equipment
  • Street Scene Equipment once again leads the way with race-like styling for the street, and power, handling and style incorporated into the perfect package. This Mustang from Street Scene Equipment is sure to turn heads wherever it goes.
  • 2010 Ford Mustang by Vaughn Gittin Jr.
  • World championship drifter Vaughn Gittin Jr. has introduced a new generation of Mustang to the world with the Mustang RTR. The extremely limited-production Mustang RTR-C puts still more muscle behind the already incredible 2010 Ford Mustang GT. Balancing 550 tire-shredding American horsepower with new-generation design influences, Vaughn has incorporated state-of-the-art technology with first-rate carbon fiber body construction to make the Mustang RTR-C one incredible-looking, raw performance machine.
  • 2010 Ford Mustang by Ford Vehicle Personalization
  • Powered by imagination, this Ford Mustang showcases Ford Custom Accessories. The metallic gold design cues are inspired by such premier fashion designers as Prada, Stella McCartney and Balenciaga. The vehicle features unique Carbon Black Metallic exterior custom paint that is accented by gold 20-inch wheels and gold-tinted headlights and fog lamps. Inside, the gold theme continues with leather seat and door trim inserts, steering wheel cover and shifter boot.


LAS VEGAS – The Ford Mustang, America's favorite muscle car, is also the most customized car in the $31.8 billion aftermarket industry, and there will be no shortage of polished-up ponies at this year's SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) show, which is being held Nov. 3-6 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

"The Mustang is an iconic car," said Melvin Betancourt, Ford SEMA design manager. "People always want to reinvent it, and everybody has an idea about what the next Mustang should be."

According to Allison Revier, Ford Mustang marketing manager, much of Mustang's popularity in the aftermarket is steeped in tradition.

"Many fathers pass down their classic Mustangs to their sons to restore," she said. "They form emotional ties to the car and create special memories."

But what really drives Mustang's success is a universally shared desire among owners to make their steed unique, says Revier. "The Mustang is a 'Look at me' car," she said. "You don't want to have the same Mustang that the guy down the street has. You want to stand apart."

In an effort to feed customization-hungry pony car enthusiasts, Ford recently launched the 2010 Mustang Customizer at www.the2010Mustang.com, a Web site offering an online experience that allows people to create their own virtual Mustangs, choosing colors and decals to complement the all-new design.

"Since we know the first thing customers do when they buy a Mustang is customize it, we wanted to show them everything they could do," explained Revier. "Some of it is concept – changing colors and stripes – but the site also gives us a chance to showcase our Genuine Ford Accessories as well as other aftermarket parts."

The response has been overwhelming. In just two months, more than 1 million custom Mustangs have been built on the site. "The Mustang Customizer allows users to get closer to this new product, as well as connect to the brand in a creative way because they can truly make it their own," said Adam Barrow, Ford digital marketing analyst. "Self-expression is what this brand is about."

Self-expression is evident with the Mustang project vehicles on display at this year's SEMA show, according to Revier. "They all look dramatically different, and that's what I think is so great about it," she said. "Everyone starts out with the same vehicle, but each aftermarket builder turns it into something completely distinctive."

Ernie Bunnell, vice president of sales and marketing for 3dCarbon of Newport Beach, Calif., says his Mustang is unique because it is a modern-day version of 3dCarbon's award-winning 2005 Mustang Boy Racer.

"We are introducing the 2010 Boy Racer – an evolution of styling from the old to the new," said Bunnell. "With its bold, aerodynamic design, this vehicle is sure to turn heads."

In addition to a 3dCarbon Boy Racer body kit, the red Mustang with white racing stripes features a front "E" grille, rear window trim, window louvers with gel decal inserts, headlight splitters and decklid spoiler – all created by 3dCarbon.

The official motto of Steeda Autosports, "Speed matters," is most certainly reflected in the Steeda Mustang that will be on display at SEMA.

"The Steeda Q350 is embodied with the very soul of Mustang performance," said Dario Orlando, president of Steeda Autosports. "It combines the dynamics and agility of a high-performance sports racer with the everyday practicality and comfort of America's original pony car – all in one integrated package."

The Steeda Mustang has an array of modifications, including a functional body kit with unique aerodynamic features, an upgraded street/track suspension system, numerous powertrain enhancements and a top-notch sport interior.

Ford Vehicle Personalization also will have a Mustang on display at SEMA. The vehicle, which features Ford Custom Accessories, sports a unique Carbon Black Metallic custom-colored exterior accented with satin gold 20-inch wheels and gold-tinted headlights and fog lamps. The interior continues the gold theme, with gold leather seat and door trim inserts, seat piping, steering wheel cover and shifter boot.

"Metallic gold is currently very much in fashion throughout the design world," said Mark Conforzi, chief designer, Ford Vehicle Personalization. "There is a wide variety of modern gold finishes that can be seen in fashion apparel designs from Stella McCartney, Dior, Prada and Alexander McQueen. I would like to encourage gold finishes on our future products, in subtle and technical applications presented in a modern way."

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      • 5 Years Ago
      But anywho...

      Im still in pain that the 4.6 is still under the hood. Awesome engine but I need that 5.0
      • 5 Years Ago
      Show the 5.0 Coyote or GTFO.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Has there ever been such a shortage? Ever?
      • 5 Years Ago
      and a Lincoln can be priced into the 60K range. Your point? You asked what the point of Mercury was, and that is what it is. And besides the SHO is a upper level trim, the base Taurus starts at 25K and the Flex at 28K
      • 5 Years Ago
      Is Brian actually Robert Farago?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ford is living in borrowed time. They'll soon get a "proper" bailout (in addition to the ones they've already gotten from the DOE and the C4C programs) soon.

        • 5 Years Ago
        "By the way, propaganda (your link) is not factual.)"

        How so?
        • 5 Years Ago
        "Have you seen the new lineup?????"

        Hmmm, let's see:

        Focus: fugly, no hatchback, cheap ass interior, so much a rental it Hertz

        Fusion: Has a dumbass "bling"-y razor blade grille, incredibly overpriced for what it is

        Taurus: An obese, lard-ass "full size" sedan with mid-size interior room, over-priced, has a name everyone associates with crap airport rentals

        Crown Vic: Now that's just too easy

        Escape: Old

        Edge: What is the point of this SUV?

        Explorer: '90s gas guzzler

        Expedition: Bloated gas guzzling pig

        Yeah, that sure is a strong line up!
        • 5 Years Ago
        What a strawman. I'm just speaking the TRUTH.

        Ford is going down the drain. They built crappy cars for too long and Lincoln especially is a joke. Just a joke.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The sad thing is you seem to be getting off on this idea, true or false.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Well, first of all it doesn't contain ANY facts. It's a subjective rambling - just like your own perception.

        You obviously haven't been paying attention to their upcoming offerings, eg., Focus, Fiesta, engines, S-duty, etc, etc.

        Based on your "example", you probably don't understand...

        BTW, slamming the Mustang. See above. It's a cash cow.

        I can't believe you sucked me into this conversation... It's pathetic.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeaah... and who is the one here who thought that the Lexus marque doesn't exist in Japan?

        Even if your radical sentiments were true, Brian, I don't think I would be able to them if I tried. Or anyone, for that matter.
        • 5 Years Ago

        Your opinions of each of Fords models are just that, opinions, totally subjective. If you look at the sales figures, the fusion alone proves you wrong.

        It's funny how subjective your statements can be, and yet you pretend like everything you say is fact. Thats called bias... And I'm sure if I stated that all of Fords line up is gorgeous, you would simply dismiss it.

        I still stand by my initial point that for some reason you get off on all this. It's like you want ford to fail, so you can prove all your little friends on this blog wrong. Such a big wish, for such a pointless cause don't you think?

        I'm not saying Ford will do great, or fail... but i am saying your pathetic.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Keep on trollin'
        • 5 Years Ago

        Keep on havin' a screen name that refers to a third rate car from a crap brand that has now been deep sixed.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "The Accord, Camry, and Altima ALL outsell the pathetic Fusion."

        Yep, your right... fusion sales equal zero, fords not making any money off them... I don't see a billion of them on the road every day.

        God what was i thinking...
        • 5 Years Ago
        The Accord, Camry, and Altima ALL outsell the pathetic Fusion.
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        And notice how all of Ford's cars are based on transplant platforms (Mazda and Volvo), all except the Mustang and dinosaur Panther. Not a good sign....Ford doesn't know how to engineer it's own platforms anymore.
        • 5 Years Ago
        *able to trust them
        • 5 Years Ago
        Pure babble. Back up your statements with facts. Until then, log off. (By the way, propaganda (your link) is not factual.)
        • 5 Years Ago
        Brian have you seen the slump in Honda and Toyota sales? And yeah right you have "superior knowledge of the Auto industry" I am a Ford tech and I get all the latest and greatest training via online web courses. You would be 100% BLOWN away by some of this stuff. The complexity of how the Sync system works, or the pure awesomeness of Ecoboost. Also the killer stuff that is coming within the next year or two. I mean a Euro spec Focus, or Fiesta, or how about the rebirth of the 5.0L Mustang. Oh yeah and one of the best large Diesels ever made. GM, Toyota, or Honda have no diesel can can come close to it............... and it's built in house from scratch. The Taurus is a FULL sizes car with an amazing interior and is just stunning to look at. The SVT Raptor is just kick ass, sure not practical, but they are selling a good number of them. The F-150 is better then ever. I work on these cars everyday, I know them inside and out. I have seen the stuff from 5 years ago and when you compare it to now it's day and night. I use to really hate Ford but they are in the right direction.

        Also when more or less every other major Auto site and or Mag (even readers digest, which is normally imports) says Ford is going well and making good cars that says something.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Randy, RF provided facts and figures like cash burn rates and you did not address his points. Wishful thinking will not save Ford. Clearly he, I, and Matt all have a vastly superior understanding of the automotive industry. For example, he predicted that GM would go bankrupt when many here (and GM themselves) said it was "impossible". This was back in 2005! He was right, you were wrong.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Ford has a good lineup, but Most people would prefer Infiniti or BMW over ford. all I mean is they will get M3 and G37 over Shelby and Mustang GT.
        In fact people in the blog always say bring Fiesta, and Focus RS here. Do you guys think how many will buy THOSE CARS?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Explain to me what the hell is the point of Mercury.

      Can any Ford Fanboi/Employee do that? How about you, Yaroukh? You never miss a chance to tow the Ford line. Why does Mercury exist? What is a Mercury? Does it have any future?
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'm not a Ford fan, but I can answer. Mercury is a joke, and It shouldn't exist.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The point of Mercury is slowly being defined. Right now it is soon to be like Buick. Buick is moving upscale into near-Cadillac territory and sort of stepping on its toes. Mercury is going to move towards a smaller lineup, part of the reason Mountaineer and Sable/Montego were sold. Yes, Mercury has sad sales, we get it, and we know. So don't pull off those repeated, old tactics.

        Anyways, Mercury is going to be along the lines of Lincoln later on. Mercury is going to focus on smaller cars and CUVs, like the Mariner and Milan, along with a possibility of a Kuga counterpart. Lincoln will continue to focus on larger vehicles, SUVs, large sedans, and mid-sized to full-sized CUVs. Now, Lincoln does have the MKB and MKC concepts, which are smaller, but will likely have a Lincoln and a Mercury logo on them. Now, this transition is to be more gradual and thought out as Ford still plans on keeping the ole Mercury brand around.

        Any questions? Trolling? Thought so. :P You may now begin your ignorant and pathetic bashing of my well thought out and FACTUAL comment.

        PS. You brought up Mercury? You running out of ideas? Sad and inferior tactics to try to be a threat in a pack of alpha dogs.
      • 5 Years Ago
      3dCarbon. Nice car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      my favourite is "2010 Ford Mustang by Vaughn Gittin Jr."
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