Dan Esposito’s 1966 Mustang Fastback
And She Said “Muscle Cars Put Her In The Mood!”
OverDrive Feature Model Bonnie Sibilia on location in Del Mar California. OverDrive Model Adrian Reynolds appears in the feature car slide show. Photos by Bud Beech.
Let’s get something clear right from the start; this ain’t no Shelby clone car. As Dan Esposito, this month’s OverDrive Hot Rod News feature car owner puts it, he built this car to be like none other, and it is. He purchased the car in 2000 in San Bernardino, California. It took ten years to get it on the road, but many of us know (all too well) how that can happen. And doesn’t time fly when you’re having fun anyway? This Ford was originally a six-cylinder car with a factory automatic. Dan took his resto-mod to the garage and like something out of a Frankenstein movie created a monster.
1966 was the first year that Ford saw the results of the Mustang’s popularity. It was also the first year that consumers began to regard the Mustang as a car with power and performance. 1966 was also the year that Ford produced its one millionth Mustang. In all, they had over six hundred thousand units roll off the assembly line. There were a few changes made in this model year. The most noteworthy was the addition of the option of an automatic transmission available with the “Hi-Po” V8 models.
Advertisements became popular reminders of the Mustang’s youthful appeal. It was the car to have if you wanted to hit the road for fun and adventure.
OverDrive Model Adrian Reynolds on location in Del Mar California. Photos by Bud Beech.
Photos by Bud Beech.
About The Car: 1966 Ford Mustang Fastback. At first glance, the exterior shows an unmolested car with few body mods. Under the hood rests 500 horsepower small-block 408 built by Total Performance of Santee, California. Esposito married this bad boy to a Tremec five-speed transmission. A Currie nine-inch rear end with 3.7 gears completes the drive train. The ride was improved with new Mustang II suspension along with coil over shocks. On the inside there’s a well fitted roll bar and Dan added Fox Body seats with three point seatbelts. A third brake light was added and the caption “Politically Incorrect” you’ll have to ask Dan about that one. Pat Smith of Pat Smith’s Custom Cars shot the immaculate white with blue stripe exterior paint. Seventeen-inch New Gen wheels finish off the overall look and create a great profile. As the proud owner states she’s “nice but nasty” and we couldn’t agree more.