1965 Mustang Fastback built by famous "Riddler" winner Roger Burman
of Lakeside Rods & Rides.
The build began with a clean, straight, rust-free car from Washington State. The intent was to build the finest Pro-Touring car, free from budgetary constraints. We partnered with the talented and well-known car designer Eric Brockmeyer, to develop the visual essence of the project. The primary goal was to build an iconic car with clean lines that would only look better with age. That's why we stuck with Black on Black and a few hints of Chrome.
The exterior of the car has 27 subtle modifications that totally freshen the overall look. At the front of the car, the valance was lowered 5", with a solid black satin mesh insert, and a discreet lower lip. On either side of the valance 4" fog lights were tastefully recessed. The front bumper was narrowed and bolts were shaved. The grill received the same black satin mesh and the three small fins on each side of the headlights were opened up and covered with mesh. The led headlights are from a late model Harley.
The hood is all steel, custom fabricated with mesh insets, and a custom latch system with internal release. The hood is fully finished to the same level inside and out. The cowl and wipers were removed and smoothed. The rocker panels were lowered 2" to cover up the pinch rails, while retaining a factory look.
The iconic Mustang side indentations are merely stamped about �" deep on stock panels. Eric decided to accentuate them by starting at �" deep and gradually recessing them 2" along the length of the car to create functional vents at the rear wheels that augment brake cooling.
Door handles and locks have been shaved, and the doors, windows, and trunk operate with a remote. One classic 1960s billet mirror painted to match the car was installed on the driver's side. The rear grill vents were frenched to clean them up.
Baer 6-piston brakes and 14" rotors sit inside custom ForgeLine center-lock wheels.
The wheels have chrome step lips with a concave powered-coated gray center. Fronts are 19" x 9", Rears 21" x 11".
The rear of the car received a small 1�" lip molded into the trunk. The tail is finished with a custom-made gas cap cover and a satin mesh rear panel.
The taillights were CNC machined out of billet aluminum to resemble the stock items, but with a more finished look. LEDs complete the makeover.
The rear bumper was cut and reworked to sit flush to the body. The rear valance was lowered to match the rockers with a license plate insert. Custom powder coated exhaust openings round out the rear.
Every single piece of the body was reworked and refitted with the straightest and smallest gaps possible. The paint is the deepest black mirror finish you have ever seen.
The interior of the car continues the theme of elegant sophistication. It's all custom, clean, and refined. The dash is a full custom part containing only 3 Classic Instruments gauges. Across both sides of the dash are mesh panels that hide discreet air conditioning vents. The top of the dash is finished in leather and suede, while the front of the dash is finished in gloss black. An Ididit tilt steering column is topped with a black Momo steering wheel.
A custom gloss black center console was made with two flush doors that hide all the controls for lighting, stereo, windows, and the start switch. A custom made shifter and boot are fitted with a short shift kit.
The low-back seats were made to be supportive and are finished in leather and suede with a subtle chrome insert. The door panels follow the theme of the seats and dash and are finished in matching leather, chrome and suede. The rear seat delete panel is custom made with leather and metal inserts to cover the wheel tubs and JL audio sub woofers. The trunk is also finished in same leather, suede and chrome with a hidden battery behind removable side panels. The trunk is normally operated by the remote, but also features a hidden manual release. The floor received Porsche black carpeting and custom made pedals. Headliner pillars and roll bar are both covered in suede. The interior also features electric windows, Vintage Air A/C, and modern power steering. Shoulder mounted seat belts operate as in a contemporary vehicle.
Keith Craft racing built the 427 Small Block. In performance testing, the engine put out 553 hp and 575 lb/ft of torque on the dynamometer. It is finished with custom valve covers and a custom air intake behind a 750 CFM Holly carburetor. Billet Specialties powder coated serpentine pulley system and hand-built headers finish the engine build. The transmission is a Tremec T-56, 6 speed mated to a Center Force clutch. Dual electric aluminum radiators keep everything cool. Everything under the hood is hidden beneath custom inner body panels.
The underside of the car is just as amazing as the exterior. The car rides on a custom-made, powder coated, chromoly lightweight chassis with smooth floor pans. Ridetech adjustable coil-overs, a 9" ford rear end with a Truetrac 3rd member, mini tubs, 31-spline axles and a Denny's driveshaft complete the running gear. A full custom exhaust matches up with the new lower valence. A custom-made gas tank fills the under trunk area and mates with a filler in the stock location. Everything under the car was engineered to be flush with the chassis so nothing can drag or get caught.
Every single piece of this car was considered in the build, and the design goals of creating a timeless beauty were achieved. This car has 5000 hours of labor invested in the build, and the total cost of parts and labor exceeded $425,000.
Lakeside Rods & Rides
Asking $99,995 trade ins gladly considered, leasing and financing available upon approval of credit.
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