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The $55K Ford Mustang That Goes 200 MPH

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Start the debate - Which is the best historic line of U.S. muscle cars - Mustang or Corvette?
Dec 20, 2012 at 1:53 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
DB I think it is like anything all depends on the person's taste. I thought the 1971 Boss 351 was "BOSS" but my hubby was a Chevy guy. We had a 1963 Split Rear Window Vette the speedometer went to 220 and it did that plus according to our tachometer. We also had a 66 Chevelle SS 396 that was pretty quick.
Dec 20, 2012 at 2:21 PM | Unregistered CommenterLadyLiberty
There you go leaving out the Mopar crowd. For the love of God. My uncles friend Mr. Rick, got rid of his Bullit Green fastback Mustang with the 427 and jumped into a Plymouth Roadrunner with the Hemi. Talking about one of the wing cars. Buddy Baker drove one of those to a sustained MPH over 200. Anyway, Mr. Rick had the car for only a couple of weeks. He pushed the car as fast as it would go and got rid of it saying rather matter of factly that he knew if he kept it he would have killed himself. My uncle was and still is a Chevy man and had a 56 Bel Air that everyone around town knew about. Black and yellow with steel wheels and thin white sidewalls. The cops busted him drag racing and his father made him sell the car. To this day he wishes he still had it. LL 63 split windows are a really nice looking car.
Dec 20, 2012 at 4:35 PM | Unregistered CommenterSKINFLINT

Between the 2 models you listed DB it would have to be the Corvette, the Mustang went through a period of mediocracy during the "Escort on steroids" years and God only knows what to think of the Mustang II years...

Personally I am a Chevelle guy.
Dec 21, 2012 at 2:23 AM | Unregistered CommenterS. Gompers
In high school my older brother had a '68 Camaro. He almost killed me in it, on multiple occasions.
Dec 21, 2012 at 3:13 AM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
You gotta admit this Mustang is sweet, Gomp. A neighbor has one and every time he starts it, the cul-de sac shakes. I hear it coming and going several times every day while I'm siting here by the window in my office. It sounds like a dragster. It's last year's model with just 560 hp. It's completely ridiculous. When you punch it from a stop, it feels like you're inside a rocket. Like Skin's friend, I would never buy one because I would certainly be dead within a few months.
Dec 21, 2012 at 3:17 AM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
Skin the 63 was a beauty no denying that I wish we still had it. We were kind of muscle car people in our younger days used to race at the drag strip. I love all the muscle cars I guess just thought the 71 Boss was pretty cool with it's Holman & Moody engine never owned one of them but did drive one a few times.
Dec 21, 2012 at 9:26 AM | Unregistered CommenterLadyLiberty
63 definitely the best looking Vette, followed by the 68 71 model years. My cousin has a 71 LTI with the small block V8. There is always the arguement of whether the big blocks would handle the way a small block would because of power and weight. I do like driving the mustangs though. Predictable handling. You can bring the ass back around pretty quick with a nice counter steer.
Dec 21, 2012 at 10:56 AM | Unregistered CommenterSKINFLINT
For the debate, nothing beats a 1963 Corvette for Jetson's space age cool. My 1961, 476cc, 14.9hp, 2-cyl Fiat 500 Bianchina pull back roof was my muscle car. Shift into second gear at 4 mph. Top speed ~52mph. It looked like a Ferrari neonate from the back. I could lift the parts car up onto my hip to change a tire. That was the only thing muscle about the Fiat Bianchina. The Spirit of America rocket car that Craig Breedlove survived 420+mph equipment failure in before skidding 12 miles taking out half a dozen telephone poles and launching up over a dike to crash in a salt pond is about as much excitement as I would consider. Thinking is the best way to travel.
Dec 21, 2012 at 9:53 PM | Unregistered CommenterHoward T. Lewis III
Dayum Howard. You have had some ecclectic tastes in autos have you not.
Dec 21, 2012 at 9:57 PM | Unregistered CommenterSKINFLINT
I had a 1955 American Motors Hudson Nash Rambler Farina DeLuxe 4-door with a continental kit on back that I got for $50.00 because the motor was toast. It said American Motors on the serial number tag, Hudson on the grille, Nash rambler on the fenders, and Farina and DeLuxe on the sides of the roof. Same rig as Lois Lane on the old Superman TV show. 90hp flathead-6 with overdrive, cracked cylinder head and gone piston rings, unibody construction, semi-MacPherson strut front suspension, no dents, all solid chrome without dings, front seats folded down to create a front seat to back seat continuous bed, only floorboard rust and all hubcaps and the exterior spare tire and cover. I wish I would have had the energy and time to restore it. Only a few hundred dollars was needed for a good used engine. Trans worked great. Somebody did buy it.. Now a 1996 Geo Metro seems the best direction I have close at hand. A 3 cylinder station wagon would be nice.
Dec 21, 2012 at 10:37 PM | Unregistered CommenterHoward T. Lewis III
Come on now. Rambler station wagon would be the stuff. Saw one for sale recently. Paint looked good. I can remember my friends mom had one. She was the mom hauler back in the day. We used to sit bunched together in the middle of the back seat because the doors would fly open if not shut right. That was before seat belts and law suits. Lotta fun back then to grow up.
Dec 21, 2012 at 10:48 PM | Unregistered CommenterSKINFLINT
1969 Merk Maerauder, with the Dimond Botton Leather insides, with the "Horse Shoe" shifter. Red with black trim. Google It. Could name my price today. Very few were made, and I sold it for $100. and a paint job on my Harley full dresser. 72 LIGHTS, all the crome I could buy, and Cassett player.

But I still love my 64 Impla SS, Ragtop. Maroune with "White Intour"..........Neaver used the back seat. We waited till we got home an the baby sitter got home.........No I neaver did....!
Dec 22, 2012 at 1:01 AM | Unregistered CommenterTexas Dar
Lois's doors had the same latches. Having a 1955 American Motors Hudson Nash Rambler Farina DeLuxe station wagon with the continental kit would have been the ultimate. Maintain the concept and update the details. Detroit and Flint's streets would be paved with gold.
My dad briefly had a 1954 light green Buick when I was about 5 years old. The right front door flew open when we were rounding a sweeping left turn and I almost flew out. I still remember my fingernails scraping across the seat back. Father saved my life that night when he yanked me back in. My mother screamed bloody murder when she found out. Long live the new safety-door technology.
See the Youtube video of the golden eagle getting the toddler about three feet up before it drops him. The child had on a thick parka coat and was not hurt, no crying. What a story to tell. Almost being carried off by a huge golden eagle. Someone else cruelly does a sloppy job of trying to prove it is fake.
Dec 22, 2012 at 4:54 PM | Unregistered CommenterHoward T. Lewis III
Texas Dar - I, too remember my favorite car. At 18 years old, I bought a 1964 Chevy Impala SS with a 327 and a 4-speed. It was also a convertible. Midnight blue with silver blue vinyl buckets and a white ragtop. Ran like a demon. I had chrome reverse wheels on it and glass pack mufflers. That was all the muscle car I need in those days. (That would have been circa 1967). I traded it in (dummy me) on a buttercup yellow 1970 Chevelle with a 307 engine. After being used to the SS, that Chevelle was a dog that wouldn't hunt. Pitiful. Absolutely pitiful.

I currently drive a 2012 GT. Sterling Gray with the MT82 6 speed. At my age (63) 412 hp is more than enough. I sometimes scare myself when I punch it. But the smile stays on my face all the way home. It actually is better than my 2011 Corvette that I traded in. I love the Mustang. Ford has done a great job with.
Dec 23, 2012 at 12:40 PM | Unregistered CommenterMichael
64 Chev SS yessir. Had one when I was 16. 283 slapsitick auto buckets and the large back seat. Nice thing about that one was the spacious trunk that could fit three guys. I guess that is the reason the drive in went out of business. 20 people paid and there was abut 150 in the lot drinking beer and carousing. What fun.
Dec 23, 2012 at 3:03 PM | Unregistered CommenterSKINFLINT
My first car was a 1967 Chevy El-Camino I had purchased used for $500.00. It had a 455 olds under the hood (it was originally equipped with a 327 but the previous owner dropped in the 455). My favorite was a 77 Monza (305 V-8).
Dec 23, 2012 at 3:07 PM | Unregistered Commenterjohn
Yes DB, the Mustang could easily turn me into a Ford guy, Chevy has done some truly embarrassing things over the years to us dinosaur purists. The Nova that looked like a Chevette, the Impala SS (who ever heard of an SS four door?), Stopping production of the Camaro in 2002, and the biggest travesty of all, the Malibu. Those that remember, the Malibu was a styling package on the Chevelle.

At least Chevy did bring back the Camaro, but they gave up a lot of ground to Ford during its absence. One more of a long string of GM bad decissions...


I miss the salt, haven't been to Bonneville in 10 years. Maybe one day the salt and I will reunite.
Dec 24, 2012 at 2:23 AM | Unregistered CommenterS. Gompers
My first car was a 1958 Chevrolet Delray 6-cylinder delivery sedan for $185.00. I cut out the front of the storage area to make two fold down seats for back seat/drive-in smuggling purposes. The closest thing to a hot rod was the $14.95 glaspac because I was too cheap to buy a real muffler or clamps. It died after the oil passage feeding the rockerarms broke, or was broken by someone. At the end, I had to adjust the valves every 5 miles. I was yet to become a real mechanic. That was a great vehicle, except the rear tail pipe kept falling off, for amusement.

Gompers, that Craig Breedlove crash turned his hair white. I drove my friends 1978(?) Plymouth Superbee with a hemi 44? in it once to get us home from a party when he was too drunk. Up to 45mph in first gear in a blink. I got us home. That was enough. I have stepped on a huge bullsnake in an alfalfa field and the next day almost struck by a 6 foot wide bolt of lightening on a mountainside in Idaho. I have pissed myself for the last time, I hope. I want a slow 100mpg car and the pleasure of dumping the Fed and putting the entire Bush41 Skull and Bones cabal in prison, especially those who personally adore Bush41 and the SEC and FTC CJs.
I am wagering(figuratively), that this LIBOR thing is much bigger than what many writers are trying to admit. It appears to be a 15 year old pipeline of embezzlement flowing directly from the Fed to the Bank of Scotland, and thus, the Coutts Bank branch occupied by Bush41and Elizabeth II with their joint account. Ten to 15 years ago, the great Sherman Skolnick(not perfect, but extremely great) came up with faxed records of deposits in this account featuring deposits from shakedowns of shiekdoms and other foreign interests. The amounts were in the millions and balances in the billions.

It would seem prudent to kidnap the children of Dr. Robert Holmes and Peter Lanza , who would have served as the finest of expert witnesses to teach a secret Grand Jury about the idiosyncrasies of computerized finance and tax dodges and the accompanying software necessary to commit fraud. I believe, at this time, that Bush41 and queen lizard are behind this Aurora theater and Sandy Hook school fake/actual lethal violence/kidnapping activity. Watch two pro basketball teams to see how it is done. It IS done and Bush41 and the lizard are the major players with motive, opportunity, and no alibi or souls.
My Nissan crapped out last night. It is a soulless car, fit only for rentals when it was new. Nice fabric upholstery for the tropics.
Dec 24, 2012 at 4:05 PM | Unregistered CommenterHoward T. Lewis III

Breedlove is not done yet however, he is on the engineering team that is developing a jet-powered streamliner to break the 800 mile barrier in 2013. The record currently stands at 763 MPH, and the quest is to push the realm to 1200 MPH.

As I get older I get dumber, and yearn to kiss the salt again...

Yes, I think LIBOR is much bigger than what is being let out of the box.

Merry Christmas everybody.
Dec 25, 2012 at 2:37 AM | Unregistered CommenterS. Gompers
If you don't make the salt and the big fire at the end, get deputized for the mass arrest festival ahead. It took EXTREME wealth and coordination to get away with LIBOR and carry out the apparent kidnappings of James Holmes and Adam Lanza. The Whitey royalty of England/Netherlands/Belgium refuses to learn good manners and is in debt 10XGDP. This is America's biggest problem because Anglophile groups IN the U.S. government are robbing the rest of us blind. LIBOR is one of these avenues of blood sucking. Do not EVER underestimate the treachery of the lizard queen and her minions.

I was a hard drug only drug informant volunteer for awhile. Nailed two members of a CIA family. The FBI told the old man and he took away their cocaine. The two adults were busted within a few weeks for heroine importation and the other busted for a crystal methamphetamine lab. Bloody stupid and arrogant. I was sick from watching my friends' loved ones cry at funerals after my good friends overdosed. Now I am sick of coked up crooked stock and bond CJs ripping off the system instead of learning avenues of creative progressive, conscientious investment. Bush41 and queen lizard have been the #1 cocaine and heroine traffickers in the world, following 200+ years of tradition. That is why America is failing fast. Cocaine kills. Plenty of excitement here.

I spun out and crashed my masterpiece of a rig 1963 VW transporter full of tools with cargo doors both sides through a telephone pole one Sunday morning back in 1982. Dumbest thing I ever did. Luckily, only about 15mph sideways and slowing down. The small pole mercifully broke and was knocked 6 feet over with the right front door still wrapped around it. Don't ever try that. Instead, go to a gym and ask a beefy pugilist to beat the crap out of you, thoroughly, like a pro in the ring. It is neater and less expensive. Car crashes really hurt. So does having the home you earned repossessed by the swine collecting interest after issuing loans for buying houses while manipulating interest rates and not issuing credit(no matter how reasonable) for jobs and such. Dump the Fed. Make arrests where possible. Get your muscle car safety checked. The negative g-forces of most any crash top the g-forces of a forward progress 1800hp engine at full punch in a new car any day. After reading the details of Breedlove's famous crash all those years ago, I have yet to conceive of a reason to travel 420+mph over ground with tires and brakes. I think the dude just likes to go fast. Very fast. Having an angry multiple felon shove a loaded gun in your face out of range of witnesses is an eye opener.
Dec 25, 2012 at 4:59 PM | Unregistered CommenterHoward T. Lewis III

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