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#1 Gary C

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Posted 24 August 2008 - 11:54

Lads, I've just spent the morning at a very damp Brooklands Museum. It was Mustang and T-Bird Day apparently, although I only saw one Thunderbird. I thought it was a good turn-out considering the awful British weather (aside ; I wonder when we are going to get our summer this year....). Here's a few photos.
I'm afraid I'm all at sea when it comes to Mustang designations, so please feel free to jump in and tell me which version of the car is which.

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Test Hill in the background.

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Taken from the stairs by the side of the Clubhouse.

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in front of the Campbell Shed.

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A little tourqoiuse number.

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The only Thunderbird I saw. Very nice though.

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This turned up too, what is it??

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#2 McGuire

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Posted 24 August 2008 - 14:14

Originally posted by Gary C
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This turned up too, what is it??


That is a 1941 to 1947 Chevrolet half-ton pickup. (All years are essentially identical. However, this one is probably a '41 or '46-47 as the in-between years used painted rather than plated grille trim.)

Small-block Chevy V8 with Roots blower swapped in, Cragar wheels, late-model GM front subframe. Typical American-style hot rod pickup.

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Posted 24 August 2008 - 14:34

Originally posted by Gary C
I'm afraid I'm all at sea when it comes to Mustang designations, so please feel free to jump in and tell me which version of the car is which.


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1966 Shelby GT350H, the infamous Hertz rent-a-racer built by Shelby and offered at Hertz Rent-a-Car locations for a brief time.

...or a pretty good facsimile of one. (I only add that because they are very easy to clone from a standard production Mustang, and most you see in the US are copies. Approximately 1000 were built, of which around 12,000 survive.)

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Posted 24 August 2008 - 14:36

Cool pics!

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The cars with the flat tail panel like the red hardtop dead center is the original version of the Mustang, 1964 1/2 to 1966. The pretty blue fastback to its left, the turquoise hardtop at the upper left, and others like them are 1967 or '68 models; the concave tail panel is the easiest way to identify these. The cream-colored fastback is a larger, redesigned '69-'70 model. The '71-'73s, not pictured, were enormous beasts. The black car with the vinyl roof on the right is a '74-'78 Mustang II, which was a complete 180 from the '73 and a prime representative of the lameness of cars of the era.

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From this view, the light-colored car and the blue car are '67-'68s and the others are from '64 1/2 to '66. The grille shapes are one way to identify them, but from the side you can see the change in how the character line aligns with the headlights.

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The car on the right is a 1968 Dodge Charger, which goes very well with the Mustang since it's the car used by the antagonists in that legendary chase scene in the movie Bullitt. The blue car to its left is a 1970 Dodge Coronet.

The pickup truck is a Chevrolet from either 1941, '42 or '46, with '42 being by far the least likely due to the war-shortened model year.

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Posted 24 August 2008 - 16:03

Originally posted by Gary C



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These are '67 Mustangs, coupe above and 2+2 fastback below. The coupe has a non-original hood scoop and paint color, while both sport custom wheels.

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Posted 24 August 2008 - 16:07

Originally posted by Gary C

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From right to left: '66 Mustang coupe, '67 Mustang Coupe, '66 Mustang Fastback.

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Posted 24 August 2008 - 16:39

Originally posted by Gary C
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From left to right: '66, '66, '65, '65.

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Posted 24 August 2008 - 19:08

here's just a few more :

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Posted 24 August 2008 - 19:57

Originally posted by Gary C
Lads, I've just spent the morning at a very damp Brooklands Museum. It was Mustang and T-Bird Day apparently, although I only saw one Thunderbird. I thought it was a good turn-out considering the awful British weather (aside ; I wonder when we are going to get our summer this year....). Here's a few photos.
I'm afraid I'm all at sea when it comes to Mustang designations, so please feel free to jump in and tell me which version of the car is which.


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What a fabulous car, superb wheels, great photos Gary! Would this be similar to the one that Mr McQueen was driving with severe axle tramp in San Fran? Just lovely!!! I visited the city a few years ago, that must have been a sight to behold when they filmed those scenes :up: :up: :up:

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Posted 24 August 2008 - 21:02

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1967 Mustang coupe with '68 wheels...non-original color, originally equipped with vinyl top, later removed

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1957 Thunderbird in Flame Red; 1970 Plymouth Satellite in A4 Silver

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1966 Mustang coupe

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1969 Mustang Mach 1 Cobra Jet

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1969 Plymouth Roadrunner hardtop, 383, F5 green

#11 McGuire

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Posted 24 August 2008 - 23:10

Originally posted by sterling49


What a fabulous car, superb wheels, great photos Gary! Would this be similar to the one that Mr McQueen was driving with severe axle tramp in San Fran? Just lovely!!! I visited the city a few years ago, that must have been a sight to behold when they filmed those scenes :up: :up: :up:


It does have the same clean look, doesn't it?

Of course, this is a '67 Mustang fastback in Honolulu Blue, while the Bullitt Mustang was a '68 Mustang 390 GT in Highland Green with all the emblems and chrome trim removed. (Making it look more like a standard, non-GT Mustang like this one.) And they both have American Racing Torque-Thrust wheels, obviously.

BTW, the chassis and engine modifications for the Bullitt movie cars (there were two Mustangs and two Chargers) were performed by Max Balchowsky at Hollywood Sports Cars. The Charger's role was originally going to be portrayed by Ford Galaxies but they proved to be too ponderous for the stunt work.

When Ford re-introduced the Bullitt Mustang recently, the press kit was packaged in a DVD of the movie, a two-disc set. Finally, a PR handout that's not totally useless.