Written by Zach Martin on November 1, 2018
With so many Ford Mustangs built since 1964, the notion of “When you’ve seen one you’ve seen them all” is easily proven. This Mustang however, does not remotely fit that stereotype. Meet the “Corrupt Mustang”, a 1968 coupe that has been injected with the heart of an Italian horse and fed air through a pair of giant snails.
Builder Tony of American Legends in Phoenix, Arizona has owned the car for 14 years. The idea for this build came after last year’s SEMA, when they wanted to take the next build to a higher level. “We wanted to slap you in the face with a ‘Look what we can do!’ but also maintain a factory prototype look,” said Tony. This Mustang does that and then some.
The engine in the Corrupt Mustang originally came from a totaled F430 that was being parted out on eBay and was mated to a T56 transmission. The charred intake manifold was taken from a California that caught on fire, making it significantly more affordable than a clean one. This manifold was required because the stock F430 piece would not fit properly due it being in a mid-engine chassis.