1966 Mustang GT: 400 horsepower should be about right...

Here's where we're starting: a '66 factory GT, 4-barrel, 4-speed car. Documented all the way back to the original owner, this has been a Southern California car all it's life. Already lightly resto-modded with a modern 5-speed transmission, we're going to take it up more than a few notches but still keep the vintage looks on the outside. Can you say sleeper? I knew you could...

 

These are some engine packages we've put together. Even the lowest one here makes our 400 horsepower goal. These tests were all done with carburetors, but we're thinking EFI this time: this car is going to be a driver (albeit a very stout one) so we want the extra level of civility and tunability that modern fuel injection provides. We can even stick with a 4-barrel-style throttle body and keep the original look.

 

How's that for beautiful paint and bodywork? The whole car really is this nice. There's nothing better than a genuine vintage set of Torq-Thrusts. We're going to stick with these wheels because even going up to the 16-inch reproductions is a give away that there may be more under there than meets the eye. By taking advantage of the advances in braking technology that are available thanks to the popularity of Mustangs in vintage racing, we can put plenty of braking power inside those wheels. Remember, the goal here is for this car to look like it just rolled out of 1966, but have 21st-century performance.