1969 Ford Mustang “Anvil” Is an 8.5-Liter Movie Hero With Push Rod and Cantilever Suspension

This is one of the coolest muscle car builds ever, and it’s flying completely under the radar. Pure Vision’s 1969 Ford Mustang “Anvil” looks like it could have come from Ringbrothers, but it’s different from everything else on the market, from its engine setup to the crazy racing suspension.

Steve Strope has been building cool cars forever and in my mind he’s at least as cool as Foose. Plus, he’s probably one of the most entertaining people in the business to listen to and recently joined up with AutotopiaLA for a highlight on the 1969 Ford Mustang “Anvil”.

$500,000 Mustang builds aren’t anything special, but this one pretty much sells itself because it’s also a movie car. “Anvil” was featured shortly The Fast and the Furious 6, and the only reason you can’t remember it is this movie had the best cars out of all of them. You’re welcome to disagree, but just remember how lit the tank jumping scene was.

69 Mustangs are some of the nicest-looking ones of them all. They look wider and angrier, but normal ones still lack some of that bodybuilder muscle that you get with Dodge Chargers or Cudas of similar vintage. But there are no such problems with the Anvil’s bodywork.

Every part of the body is custom, and from the nose to the windshield, it’s all carbon fiber. The hood is longer, the front wings are sharper, and the rears have been pulled out to add muscle. Yet all these features hide in plain sight because of the old-looking headlights. It’s almost ironic to have those on a carbon car.

Steve jokes that unless you’re a Mustang guy, this just looks like a nice Ford with some big wheels. But this thing was a real superstar back in 2010: Goodguys Street Machine, Ford’s 2010 SEMA Best of Show, Grand National Roadster Show winner, Hot Rod magazine cover.

The name comes from Anvil Auto, who commissioned the car. They manufacture carbon fiber parts for muscle cars, with Pro Touring customers being their targets. But a variety of big names in the custom business were at work here.

The 6-piston, 14-inch Baer Brakes are easy to spot. However, it’s the suspension system that’s really magical. The front has JME push rod suspension tucked around the engine while the rear suspension is in the trunk. Maier Racing created this push rod cantilever inboard system. Coilovers, black brackets and surrounding luxury red leather – it’s quite a sight.

Speaking of sights, the engine bay is crammed full of V8. That’s a Jon Kaase Boss 9, punched out to 521 cubic inches, or 8.5-liters. She makes 805 horsepower, reaching the rear end via a beefed-up Tremec 5-speed. Yes, this thing is a manual, basically as crazy as a Ford GT40 race car with the engine in the wrong place.



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