We see tribute vehicles come and go. Most of the lot are slaves to every last detail of the original, offering little more than a few engine upgrades to the mix. Then there are beasts like the one above. Built as an homage to Parnelli Jones' 1971 "Big Oly" Ford Bronco Baja 1,000 bruiser, this machine uses a modern trophy truck chassis wrapped in larger-than life fiberglass first-generation Bronco body. With 723 horsepower on tap, the truck is fully capable of bashing the desert into submission.
Eleven years ago, Ford designer Melvin Betancourt suffered a serious heart problem and had to undergo intense open-heart surgery at the Henry Ford Hospital in Dearborn, Michigan. The surgery was a total success, with Betancourt crediting Henry Ford's doctors with saving his life. Now, the designer uses his expertise as a way to give back to the medical field that helped give him a second lease on life.
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Our pick for Best of Show at the 2006 New York Auto Show would have to be the Saleen S302 Parnelli Jones Mustang. Despite the debut of the Shelby GT500 and Shelby GT-H by Ford, the Parnelli Jones Mustang managed to not only best its corporate-backed cousins, but also emerge as the vehicle we coveted most at the show. While Saleen's website states that a batch of 500 limited edition cars would be available this fall for purchase, we haven't heard from anybody who has parked one in their garage. R
Not satisfied with Ford’s own "California Special" Mustang? A muscle car brought to you by Hertz not making your blood boil? Then perhaps Steve Saleen can light a fire under your ass with his new Saleen/Parnelli Jones Limited Edition Mustang that not only does a great job harkening back to the past with visuals inspired by Jones’ own Grabber Orange Boss 302 Mustang from the early ‘70s, but also adds to the Mustang’s moxy with a 302 cid V8 that produces 370 SAE h
Saleen announced yesterday that it intends to unveil a special Saleen/Parnelli Jones Limited Edition Mustang at the New York Auto Show next week. While no images of the vehicle were made available (the snap above is of Saleen's 2005 NY Auto Show display), the Mustang tuning house did reveal the collector’s coupe would be packing a 370-hp V8 and that the styling would harken back to the 1970s. We’ll have more info on this Mustang dedicated to International Motorsports Hall of Fame ind