Sam Haymart, event coordinator, explained, “Since that first run, almost 20 years ago, Mustangs Across America has always sought brand new cars from sponsors to pace the event, showcasing the best and the brightest new Mustangs available at the time. These have included cars from Ford, Roush and Saleen over the years. It has become a traditional element of Mustangs Across America events, until now. Today we announce that for the 2014 MAA 50th Anniversary Drive, we will celebrate 20 years of MAA events by rewinding the clock to our very first event with an identical Mustang GT to be our official event pace car.”
He added, “We are thrilled to announce a new 1995 Mustang GT project car to be restored over the coming year in partnership with TheMustangNews.com and our sponsors. The restored Mustang GT will serve as the official Mustangs Across America pace car next year for the MAA 50th Anniversary Drive.”
According to a press release issued by Mustangs Across America, the project car is 100 percent all-original and is in good mechanical condition. In all, it has 81,000 miles on the odometer.
Fixes lined up for the car include a new Laser Red Pearl exterior paint job, as the original paint has faded over the years. They also plan to restore various plastic and rubber accents on the exterior. The car’s original 17-inch six-spoke GT wheels are in remarkable good condition as well, but they will be freshened up.
The interior of the car has seen its fair share of use. That said, it will need new upholstery as well as floor mats and carpet. Some of the plastic trims inside show wear and will be freshening up as needed. The Mach 460 sound system with CD player sounds like new and the AC blows cold.
Of course, the real highlight of this car is what’s under the hood. The car came equipped with an original 5.0L V8 engine, the last to appear in the SN-95 Mustang generation. The Mustang’s brakes and clutch will be replaced. It will also receive the same exterior graphics treatment as the original Mustang GT which paced Mustangs Across America in 1994. The Mustang will even feature the same CB radio which was used in 1994 as well as every other pace car since.
Haymart said, "The Mustang 50th Anniversary will be the largest celebration of Mustang enthusiasm in history. There is room for everyone's vision in this grand celebration, room for all Mustang enthusiasts to follow their own road maps to the big show of their choice."
You can follow the project’s progress by visiting The Mustang News. Mustangs Across America is currently seeking sponsors for this project. Interested parties can contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Source: Mustangs Across America