Imagine, for a moment, this scene taking place way back in the 1960s:

"Ford has so much success with the Shelby racing program in the US, they had the new Indy motor that they wanted to get more development out of, they wanted to promote the Mustang more in Europe, and Martini Racing was just coming about. So the idea behind the car is that Ford contacted Martini and asked if they would do some testing on the Indy engine if they gave them some performance parts from Shelby."

It didn't actually happen, but it's a unique bit of historical coulda-woulda-shoulda-been described to us by Peter Harksell of Pure Vision Design. Its Martini Racing livery is enough for us to make us take notice, but the real story is the Indy Car engine underhood. It's an original Ford Indy engine from the 1960s, originally displacing 251 cubic inches and revving to a stratospheric 9,000 rpm.

The mill was rebuilt with the street in mind, now fuel-injected and measuring 300 cubic inches, and it boasts a wide and flat torque curve with over 300 pound-feet available from 3,000 to 7,000 rpm, maxing at 362 pound-feet. Horsepower comes to 426 at 6,900 rpm.

Just as importantly, the Mustang T-5R is built to handle with a modern suspension system from Detroit Speed & Engineering. Kept to just 2,300 pounds all in, this 'Stang is bound to be a serious performer. Check it out in our complete gallery above and read more about the car and its build process on Pure Vision Design's official website. Finally, be sure to watch the set of videos below.












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      IOMTT
      • 2 Years Ago
      I love the look of the engine with the velocity stacks and the Martini livery works for me here. Those knock-off wheels also hint at the open wheel theme. Very sweet.
      JR
      • 2 Years Ago
      Love the stuff coming out of PV Design and Detroit Speed!
      • 2 Years Ago
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      Markus
      • 2 Years Ago
      F'n A!!..... Bravo, gentlemen. Bravo!
      Skean
      • 2 Years Ago
      I like it a lot, very a lot, so a lot.
      BakedCookies
      • 2 Years Ago
      Best thing I have seen from SEMA coverage so far.
      Bam
      • 2 Years Ago
      egg crate grill on a 1966?
      carguy1701
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow.
      Drakkon
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is the type of thing I like best about resto-mods. Parts from the time, made better than they were back then. Painfully cool and I wish I had thought of it. A Shelby Mustang in Martini colors. I love it.
      jonnybimmer
      • 2 Years Ago
      Honestly, not big with those 4 spoke wheels (traditional 5 would have suited it better IMO, 4 spokes work better on smaller cars) but otherwise great build! Would love to see and hear this thing scream by on the track.
        • 2 Years Ago
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        IOMTT
        • 2 Years Ago
        @jonnybimmer
        The 4 spoke knock offs were very prevalent in the mid 60's to early 70's in open wheel and prototype racing. But I agree that 5 spoke knock offs would have looked better.
      waetherman
      • 2 Years Ago
      When I read "modern suspension" I thought that would be a mistake - I mean, if you're going with a rebuilt period engine, why not restore with all period parts? But it seems like they made some good choices in not going too high-tech,keeping the suspension modern but simple. I like that. As for the looks, I think it's a little too white for my taste - they could have been more generous with the Martini livery. But they kept it tasteful and "pure" which is better than going over the top.
      teapotdome
      • 2 Years Ago
      Didn't Ford put an Indy V8 in a Mustang back in 1967 for speed runs at Bonneville? I think Mario Andretti drove a stock-bodied Indy V8-powered Mustang to 175+ mph.
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