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Ford tossed out a bone at the 2011 SEMA Auto Show in the form of a body shell for the 1965 Mustang Convertible , undoubtedly gauging interest for such a product. Turns out, the response was just what Ford wanted. Capitalizing on the avid interest, Ford has revealed yet another body shell for their favored muscle car, but this time, it’s for the 1967 Mustang Convertible. The price for the beginning part of someone’s 1967 Mustang rebuild project stands at $15,995.

The ’67 Convertible body shell was manufactured by Dynacorn International who worked not only to replicate the original ’67 convertible, but make it better. For this, the body panels were made from modern automotive-grade virgin steel and, for better strength, the panels were assembled using modern welding techniques. There are also newly engineered reinforcements in known stress areas to add strength and rigidity to the body.

"These days, the chances are fairly slim of finding a restorable, rust-free ’67 Mustang that has never been wrecked,’ said Dennis Mondrach, Ford Restoration Parts licensing manager. "As the value of classic Mustangs has increased over the years, garages, barns and scrapyards have been picked clean.’

The man may have been dead for 60-something years, but Adolf Hitler is still wreaking havoc these days, albeit in a different manner that what he used to do.

These days, Hitler has been reduced to a funny skit that involves him complaining about anything that wrinkles his mustache. The latest video involves his frustration regarding the better numbers the Ford Shelby GT500 has over the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 .

It’s not enough to incite another World War, but you could see the German dictator isn’t all too happy that Ford has one-upped Chevrolet in the race for muscle car supremacy.

The video is based on the 2004 film Downfall and it’s been on You Tube for a couple of years now, having been treated to accommodate a variety of hilarious scenarios where Hitler loses his lid over anything that irks him.

It’s a hilarious watch, especially when you see Hitler getting all too excited about the Camaro ZL1’s debut at the LA Auto Show only to see the GT500 do it one better. Seriously, the guys over at GM pretty much dragged the Camaro ZL1 through the dirt, picked it back up, stepped on it, and then dragged it again.

There’s some vulgarity in the subtitles so you best watch out for those. Otherwise, sit back and enjoy the show.

Source: You Tube

Turn 10 Studios, the makers of the Forza Motorsport gaming franchise, have released an early holiday present for rabid Forza 4 gamers out there. The December IGN Pack for Forza 4 was made available last week and comes with a grocery list of some of the finest digital rides you can have in the game.

Among the highlight vehicles included in the December IGN Pack are the Suzuki Monster Sport SX4 Hill Climb Special, the very same car that Monster Tajima used to break the ten-minute barrier at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb earlier this year.

In addition to the specially-prepped Suzuki, the pack also includes a Ford F-150 SVT Raptor , a 1977 Escort RS1800 , a 1988 Pontiac Fiero GT , and a 1981 Volkswagen Scirocco S , to name a few.

All in all, the December IGN Pack will include 10 new vehicles that you can enjoy over the holidays. The pack is available through XBox Live so if you want to get your hands on a new set of awesome rides to put in your Forza garage, Turn 10 Studios is your hook-up.

Jesse James is well-known for his romantic rendezvous behind the back of his then-wife and actress, Sandra Bullock, but before his sexual trysts became a topic of media concern, James was better known as the builder behind West Coast Choppers . Now it seems as though James is taking a break from infidelity and motorcycle builds to take his Hennessey GT1000 Twin Turbo for a bit of a rougher ride.

On a road that has been dubbed a "super twisty lane" by a source that was at the location, Jesse James lost control of his 1000 HP supercar and crashed it into a neighbor’s yard near his house in Austin, Texas. The funny thing about the incident is that Hennessey seems to be pleased with the incident. They spoke with fellow automotive site, Jalopnik, and stated, "It’s nice to know that Jesse drives his Hennessey GT hard enough to find the limit. After all, if you don’t crash or break every now and then you’re not going fast enough."

Jesse James seems to take a lot of things to their breaking point. At least his Henessey GT1000 is covered by insurance.

Reminder: The Hennessey GT1000 Twin Turbo is powered by a 5.4-liter supercharged V-8 engine that produces 1,000 horsepower at 6,600 rpm with a 0-60 mph time of 2.8 seconds, a quarter-mile time of 10.6 seconds at 142 mph, and an increased top speed of 245 mph.

Source: Jalopnik

Joining the 2013 Cobra Jet in Ford Racing’s lineup is a one-off road racer concept named the Boss 302SX. The vehicle will be placed between the Boss 302S and the Boss 302R race car and features Ford’s new School Bus Yellow color. The 302SX is just a concept at this point, but when Ford Racing revealed it at the Performance Racing Industry Show in Orlando, Florida, they confirmed that they were "testing the water for feedback."

The 302SX will feature all of the changes previously seen on the 2013 Mustang Boss 302 , as well as a lower front splitter and a massive adjustable rear spoiler. Another unique feature are the 1970-style graphics and the vented hood. The interior leans more towards racing with a Recaro HANS Pro Racer seat, an FIA spec 6-point roll cage, a fire suppression system, a data recording system, a 6-point racing harness, and a quick release steering wheel.

Powering Ford’s newest Mustang concept will is a 5.0 liter V8 engine that uses the same intake manifold found on the new Cobra Jet. The engine delivers a total of 500 HP and will be mated to a 6-speed transmission. Since the Mustang concept is not street legal, Ford has also provided it with a chassis prepared especially for the track. It features an adjustable coilover suspension, adjustable front and rear sway bars, tubular rear lower control arms, and adjustable caster/camber plates. The final element is a new set of 18" wheels combined with Brembo brakes at the front and rear.

Ford has has just recently brought the Boss name back to the Mustang line-up, but the original Boss Mustang was offered as limited edition between 1969 and 1970. A model like this in our day in age is certainly hard to find, especially since Ford only produced 858 units of this beauty, but an original 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 has turned up on eBay with a current bid of $185,000.

The 1969 Mustang Boss 429 has a large 429 cubic inch NASCAR motor producing 375 HP at 5200 RPM and 450 lb-ft of torque at 3400 rpm. Mated to a four-speed manual transmission, this engine sprints the Boss from 0 to 60 mph in 7.1 seconds on its way up to a top speed of 118 mph.

The specific 1969 Mustang Boss 429 being offered is painted in Wimbledon White and was purchased new in New York, then sent to Tasca Ford in Providence, Rhode Island. The car only has 2,219 original miles on the odometer and is completely original.

So far the reserve has not been met - even with the current $185,000 bid - but the age and relatively small number of units for this 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 makes this an opportunity of a lifetime for an avid Mustang aficionado.

Source: eBay

It was only recently that we received all of the details for the 2012 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet , but spy photographers were still hungry for more so they were out on the hunt yet again. This time, they’ve caught the next generation Cobra Jet, due out in 2013, while it underwent some testing.

Anyone would have to be blind not to notice the giant ram air hood acting liked the flared nostril for the Mustang . Upon second look, one can see massive drag slicks stuffed in the rear wheel wells and special exhaust tips that spurt out their growl just behind the front wheel wells. From this, we can deduce that this new Cobra Jet will be a more powerful model with a sportier and more aggressive appearance.

For 2012, the Cobra Jet features a revised 5.4 liter DOHC supercharged aluminum block engine that delivers a total of 430 HP and is mated to a 3-speed C4 Auto Race transmission. It will be limited to 50 units, each priced at $91,900. We expect the 2013 model to come priced a bit higher, but with a similar limited run. We’ll get the official details as soon as they are released sometime in 2012.

UPDATE 12/02/2011: After seeing the entire 2013 Mustang line-up, Ford Racing parts has announced the official details on the 2013 Mustang Cobra Jet. The model will be limited to only 50 units, with prices starting from $85,490 for the naturally aspirated version and $92,990 for the one equipped with the 2.9 liter Whipple supercharger. Hit the jump to see a full list of the new Cobra Jet features.

The Zetec S is back, baby!

At least some of us are happy about it while the rest of the population can only kick the sand in envy.

The 2012 Ford Focus Zetec ST is the sportiest version of the Focus short of the ST model. Fans of the Focus in the UK will once again get the treat of dibs as the hot hatchback is being primed for a UK release.

The Focus Zetec S will come with numerous styling cues, including a new sports styling kit, a new sports suspension set-up, LED taillights, and a new set of 17" alloy wheels. Inside, the added goodies for the Focus Zetec S include aluminium-style sports pedals and a starter button.

Under the hood, the Focus Zetec S will feature a 1.6-liter EcoBoost turbo-charged engine that produces an output of 180 horsepower with a 0-62 mph time of 7.9 seconds and a top speed of 138 mph. Despite its numbers, the Focus Zetec S is capable of only emitting just 139 grams of CO2 per Km.

Other than the 1.6-liter EcoBoost turbocharged engine, the Focus Zetec S will also have a 1.6-liter Ti-VCT engine that produces 125 horsepower and a 2.0-liter TDCi that has an output of 163 horsepower.

Then there are the optional items that are being offered for the Focus Zetec S, which reads like a list of things you’d want to have on your car. There’s the Driver Assistance Pack, cruise control with Active Speed Limiter, heated front seats, a power driver seat and power rear windows, to name a few.

So, are you interested in the Focus Zetec S? If you are, you should know that it costs £18,745, which is around $29,300 based on current exchange rates.

With the Ford Mustang GT California Special Package catering to the much more powerful 5.0-liter V8 version of the Mustang line-up, it was important for Ford to have a separate package attached to the base Mustang model, the 3.6-liter V6 version.

This is where the V6 Pony Package comes in. As one of the two new special packages Ford has revealed for the 2013 line-up, the V6 Pony Package will see to it that your V6 Mustang gets some added exterior enhancements that would spice up the muscle car’s already smoldering looks. Ford has not released the full specs of details as far as what’s going to come with the V6 Pony Package, but we have been informed that some highlights will include a new chrome trim around the Mustang’s front grille and fog lights, a new rear spoiler, and a new set of 18" alloy wheels.

And just like the California Special Package for the Mustang GT, the V6 Pony Package will most likely be an exclusive aesthetic enhancement program, leaving the Mustang’s 3.6-liter V6 engine untouched.

That shouldn’t be all that problematic, especially if you know what you’re going to get with the V6 Pony Package. Besides, it’s not like the Mustang is a slouch without any engine modifications. It still packs an impressive 305 horsepower out of that V6 engine!

German tuning company, Velocity, has always been a fan of American muscle cars and they’ve made quite a reputation as one of the up-and-coming tuners on the other side of the pond. At the 2011 Essen Motor Show , Velocity will be on hand to live up to these expectations with their latest tuning project, one that involves Ford’s very own Mustang GT .

Dubbed the Velocity Edition, this returned Mustang has been given a pretty unique and distinctive individualization program that features a plethora of customizations. The first thing you’ll notice is the new vented hood, as well as a new trunk lid that appears to have been made using high-quality carbon. Other prominent additions on the Mustang GT include new KW coilovers that allow for precise setting of the ride height and adjustable for rebound and compression, a new set of 22" Giovanni ’Martuni’ wheels wrapped in Pirelli P-Zero tires, and finally, a new and bigger set of brake discs to ensure shorter braking distances for the American muscle car.

At the heart of Velocity’s program for the Mustang is the engine modification, significantly bumping up the output of the muscle car. By installing a new Roush compressor unit, Velocity was able to drive up the output of the car’s 5.0-liter V8 engine from 412 horsepower all the way up to 519 horsepower. On top of that, the tuning company also installed a new muffler unit, a new shifter lever, and an improved digital gear display.

Taking everything into consideration, the Mustang GT Velocity Edition comes at a price tag of €74,999, which is around $100,900 based on current exchange rates.

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