Pro-Touring 1965 Mustang Conquers Autocross with Precision

Jun 26, 2024 1 min read
Pro-Touring 1965 Mustang Conquers Autocross with Precision

This pony can handle!

American muscle cars often carry the stereotype of being straight-line speed demons that handle poorly. While this might be true for some, the Pro-Touring 1965 Ford Mustang featured in the AutotopiaLA video defies such assumptions with its remarkable autocross capabilities. Owned and built by Matt, this Mustang is a testament to American engineering and performance prowess.

This ’65 Mustang isn't just a visual marvel; it’s an auditory delight, too. At wide-open throttle, it produces an exhilarating howl, thanks to its 2011 Boss 302 engine. Enhanced with Ford racing cams, long tube headers, and an intake manifold, the engine's performance is further amplified. The powertrain is paired with a GT500 TR6060 6-speed manual transmission, which, according to Matt, offers a smooth and manageable ride, perfectly suited to the car's advanced chassis.

The real magic lies in the Mustang's extensive chassis modifications, particularly the innovative rear suspension. Designed by Mike Meyer, the rear suspension features a torque arm and cantilevered shocks, a setup visible through the backseat area glass, adding a touch of engineering flair to the car’s interior. These modifications ensure that the Mustang handles corners with precision and agility, making it a formidable contender in autocross events.

Aesthetically, the Mustang maintains a clean and subtle appearance, resisting the temptation to go overboard with aggressive styling. Despite being 4.5 inches wider than stock, the car lacks dramatic fender flares or exposed rivets, opting instead for a refined and understated look. The exhaust, running down the center with dual tips, is also designed to be effective without being ostentatious.

Matt's 1965 Ford Mustang Boss 302 is a masterclass in combining classic American muscle with modern performance enhancements. Its ability to dominate autocross challenges stereotypes and showcases the potential of well-executed Pro-Touring builds. Check out the video to see this remarkable Mustang in action and appreciate the blend of old-school charm and cutting-edge engineering.

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