You’ve probably heard the story about how the Ford Mustang GT sold for $180,000 and sold out within a day.
This is a story about a much more extreme story: How did Modell Sports Group (MSG) make the Mustang GT so damn special?
That story was told to me by one of Modells greatest sports car collectors, Richard G. Peterson, a longtime enthusiast and collector of cars.
We talked about his passion for the Mustang, the car’s history, and the challenges of owning a classic sports car in today’s market.
And in the process, Peterson revealed some of the secret weapons that made the Mustang so special.
“I don’t know about you, but I’m obsessed with the Mustang,” Peterson said.
He explained that he has a personal fascination with Ford Mustangs.
“They’re just so beautiful, and they’ve got such a great history.
I have a Mustang GT that I bought back in 1995.
That was the first car I owned.
And then I’ve got the Mustang in this beautiful red and white color.
And it’s so cool, I’m going to put it up for auction one day.”
Peterson said that he was especially enamored with the engine that powered the car, which was powered by a 2.5-liter V-8.
Peterson says he purchased the Mustang because he was looking for a car that would go faster than the Corvette Stingray, and that he wanted a car with a performance engine.
“The Mustang is such a cool car,” Peterson continued.
“It’s so fast, it’s just so fast.
And I thought, I could do a better job of making it a little bit more powerful.”
The Mustang GT was powered to 700 hp.
Peterson said he has the car running on stock, four-speed transmission.
“For the most part, it runs like a dream,” he said.
“So I think I’ve done the best I could.”
Modell has said that the Mustang’s performance is the result of three factors: a custom-built chassis, a custom suspension, and a custom body.
Peterson believes that all three are crucial.
“When I got my Mustang GT, I thought I’d be putting together a custom car.
And the engine was a custom engine,” Peterson explained.
“Because of that, I figured out that I could actually put all of that into a custom chassis, which is a big deal.”
Peterson went on to explain how he and his team of engineers built the Mustang from scratch.
“We did a lot of custom work, too,” he explained.
Peterson has had the Mustang for 15 years, and he says that he hasn’t had any issues with it.
“No one’s ever ever been able to find any problems with it,” Peterson told me.
“All of the powertrain components are completely original, and there’s never any issues, because the parts are original.”
The only reason why a customer might find a problem with a Modell Mustang is because the car doesn’t meet the car spec that Modell specifies.
“Most of the time, a customer will tell me that they’ve had a problem because the engine isn’t perfect, and I’ll say, ‘Oh yeah, we’ve had that issue, too,'” Peterson said, referring to the engine’s powertrain.
“But they’ve never had a failure.
They just didn’t want to go into that part of the process and work out how they would go about doing that.”
When you purchase a Mustang, you’re not just getting a supercar, Peterson said: You’re getting a car from Modell that will be well-built, comfortable, and ready for your next adventure.
Peterson also noted that the car comes with a limited-slip differential.
“A little more than 100,000 miles on a single front wheel drive car would be about the same amount of miles,” Peterson added.
The Modell GT is one of the most important sports cars of all time, and its owner is a legendary collector and collector.
Peterson is a car-obsessed guy who spends a lot time in his garage.
He said that his first Mustang was a 1966 Mustang GT.
“If you have a car, you want it to be a beautiful car.
You want it all the time,” Peterson explains.
“And the GT has all of those things.”
And with Modell, you can go to a car show, get your car, and get a custom paint job.
“Modell has been around for 100 years,” Peterson says.
“People have always wanted to have a GT, but they never had the money or the time to go to the showrooms.”
So why did Modll need to buy the car from Ford?
“We wanted to go out and get it because it was an important part of our history,” Peterson revealed.
“Ford was building a GT at the time that they