The 1957 Mercedes 300SL Gullwing is without question one of the most iconic vehicles in auto history so when you’re in the presence of one, it’s important to treat the car with utmost care and delicacy.
At the 2011 SEMA Auto Show, we saw a 300SL Gullwing at the BASF Booth, except that this particular one was fine-tuned by no less than Chip Foose/Foose Design in collaboration with the world leader in automotive OEM and refinish technologies. Before being sent off to Foose Design for the cursory aerodynamic improvements, BASF was already familiar with the 300SL, having spearheaded a restoration project that was actually featured in a 2008 episode of Dream Car Garage.
As far as Foose’s responsibility on the car was concerned, the man with the tuning Midas touch was tasked to give it some subtle, yet significant styling cues. To begin his work, Foose removed the 300SL’s front and rear bumpers, replacing them with custom fabricated units that have been redesigned to offer slimmer and more elegant trim. The company also took time to make enhancements on the rear bulge just above the rear wheel, making it symmetrical to the front wheel house bulge. The car’s grille and shell, together with the nose emblem, were all treated to minor modifications while the car’s new side trim was machined, milled, filed, and polished, just before undergoing final chrome plating. New headlights were also installed while the bezels were machined out of billet aluminum before being fit back to the front fenders. And finally, Foose outfitted the 300SL Gullwing with a clean set of Foose wheels wrapped in Pirelli P Zero Nero tires.
Part supercar , part custom, part hot rod, it’s the ultimate ride. Chip Foose’s incredible Foose Coupe that debuted at SEMA 2006 has become a new signature series, limited edition vehicle available through Unique Performance. Only 50 of these will be offered to the public. The open wheeled hot rod-esque car is a piece of rolling art that is as powerful as it is distinctive.
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Unique Performance has expanded distribution of the Foose Stallion Mustang by introducing a new base model for all North American Ford Dealerships. Deliveries of the first Foose Stallions began in June 2006 and demand has steadily grown for the stylish, high performance pony car over the past six month.
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Foose will unveil at Detroit Motor Show a special edition Ford F-150 pickup (2007 Ford F-150 shown). This follows the recent debut of a similarly conceived Foose Mustang. The Mustang, which is being manufactured at a rate of 80 a month, has been sold out at Ford dealerships.
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Foose Design and Unique Performance have launched a line of limited edition muscle cars based on the current generation Ford Mustang. The first production custom ponycar is named “Foose Stallion” which will be available in a coupe and a convertible.
Starting 2007, Ford will start selling special editions designed by Chip Foose, one of the sharpest independent designers.
The first model modified will be a F-150 truck, and while Robert Parker, Ford brand car marketing manager did not said anything about any other models, the Fusion will be for sure one of this special editions.
"The vehicles will deliver on the Foose DNA without diluting the Ford promise of being affordable," Parker said in an interview at the SEMA show.
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Designed by Chip Foose, hand-built by Unique Performance in our state-of-the-art North Texas facility and using Year One’s parts these cars combine world-class technology and automotive craftsmanship. Since only a limited number will be built, they’ll be among the most exclusive cars in the world.