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Here's a consolidation post on four fabulous and funky Fords we found at Russo and Steele. There's a catalog description of each after the jump. The main pic above is what happens when somebody falls in love with a concept car that doesn't make it to production. It is a 1996 Ford Mustang Mach 3 Concept Recreation. Pretty well done, but never our favorite Mustang show car.
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Russo and Steele Catalog Descriptions:
1996 Ford Mustang Mach 3 Concept Recreation - #6800 Sold at $63,250
This is your chance to own the closest thing to a Detroit Auto Show concept car. This stunning dream machine is created on a highly improved Mustang Cobra chassis and mechanicals. The vast collection of upgrades starts with the revamped interior, which has a push-button starter, splashes of billet aluminum trim, leather racing-style buckets, and the repositioned short-throw shifter.
The improvements continue with a powerful and sexy exterior sporting stretched proportions, a hand-laid composite body, slick chopped windshield, billet aluminum headlamps and trim details, as well as special sequential LED taillights. This wonderful machine rides on an air-sprung, height-adjustable suspension, with upgraded A-arms, resulting in a new wide-track stance. This spyder sticks to the road with sweet chrome 20" wheels that are 9" wide F and 11" wide R, wearing P255/30ZRs F and P305/25ZRs performance-oriented tires.
This exciting tribute to Ford Motor Company's MACH III concept is rocketed by a 425+hp Supercharged and Inter-cooled DOHC 4.6 liter V-8. The Inter-cooler further condenses the intake charge with the A/C unit. This powerful motor is jewel-like in the smooth, trimmed-out engine bay, further making this beautiful machine seem like a dream.
Created by Dave "Gumball Wizard" Haymond, this showcar-turned-reality is Build #001. Years ago, Dave Haymond reinvented the gumball world by taking the raw materials of sports cars, namely bright gel-coated fiberglass, chrome-plated trim and aluminum mechanicals, along with the inventor spirit of folks like Henry Ford, and created a revolution. You have seen his patented shiny gumball machines with the spiral below a huge fishbowl of colorful gumballs. Dave Haymond has taken that talent and spirit and created a special car that brings the joy and wow-factor of a untouchable concept vehicle to the street.
This one is a 1934 Ford Vicki custom. This was a real stunner. Incredible workmanship and the proportions and details seemed just right.
1934 Ford Vicki - #6836 No Sale
Professionally built beautiful hotrod. Some of the many features include: Bobby Alloway chassis, Heist's open wheel, Super Ride IFS, winter performance independent quick-change rear end, all Wilwood brakes, SVO master cylinder, 468 CI big block Chevy Street and Performance custom Billet fuel injection, Sanderson headers, 2 1/2 exhaust Flowmaster euttred exhaust Jet Hot coated, stainless steel gas tank, fuel and brake lines, Automatic 700R4 transmission, Steve Long radiator sweet MEG, Rack and Pinion, BF Goodrich tires, Boyd Coddington one off Billet wheels ( 20x10 and 17x7), Rat's glass bodies (door narrowed 1" in a pie cut fashion to remove door glass), Windshield enlarged DuPont Lexan windshield and custom cut and tempered glass, Hood hinge flips forward, hood sides hand formed using an English wheel and hand brake, Boyd Coddington headlights 39, Chevy tail lights tucked into the roll pan, hideaway license plate drops down when key is turned on, grill insert by Jim Wrench, rod gauge instrument panel, dash flows thru the door then into the rear, Tan/Beige leather and suede interior fabricated and stitched by Steve Holcomb of Pro Auto, color is a custom mixed orange, and it is polish and plating by Dan's Plating and Polishing PPG base coat with a clear coat.
Here's another gorgeous custom, this one based on a 1939 Ford Coupe. All those flames and chrome bits, the suicide doors and comfortable modern interior. Wow.
1939 Ford Coupe 514 F1 - #6701 Sold at $82,250
1939 Ford features a 514 cubic inch, 630 HP engine from Ford racing connected to a Ford automatic overdrive with 3500 RPM stall converter and transmission brake. This engine has one off fuel injection with custom velocity stacks. Tile rear end on this car is a Dutchman quick change supported by a Pete and Jake 4 bar rear suspension. Air ride by Air Ride Technology's on all four corners. The chassis is custom built with Morrison upper and lower control arms. The stopping is done by 13 inch Baer disc brakes. The wheels are Coddington with 17x6 in front and 18x12 in the rear. The dash, overhead console, lower console, door molding's ect. are all custom made for this car this car features a DVD player pulled down from the overhead console, CD player two amplifiers ect. The steering column is a power telescopic unit from Flaming River. Many of the one off pieces are patented. Paint is hot hues by DuPont. This car was built by Bill Pheland of "Trucks and Roadster's by Bill" in Gainsville, MO. This car was featured on Street Rod TV (see the video) and was picked as best of show of almost 3,000 cars at the Goodguys Midwest National's by the Kansas speedway officials. It won best paint, best engine and best of show at the Springfield MO. all ford show with cars from several states. This car was three years is the building with over 5,000 hours spent building it.
And this last one was also a custom. Actually a resto-mod with its beautiful 1955 Ford Thunderbird shape hiding an LS1 underhood. One smooth ride.
1955 Ford Thunderbird LS1 - #6718 Sold at $93,500
Complete frame-off restoration on an all steel, California T-bird. There is nothing original about this pro-touring beauty! Here are a few of the updated features: 345 hp/ls-1, Engine, 460E trans, TCI converter, air ride, custom exhaust, exterior is DuPont hot hues(sinful cinnamon), Dakota digital dash, Pioneer CD, vintage air /heat/defrost, two tone leather and ultra leather interior, power doors, windows and trunk, disc brakes, Helo renegade 20"and 22" wheels, tires are BFG G-force 245-35-20 and 285-35-22. This car handles great and is extremely fast and a joy to drive. It only has 300 test miles!