Coyote-powered ’67 Mustang: Best of Both Worlds

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YouTuber’s classic 5.0 fastback is the only ‘hybrid’ pony we want to see from Ford.  

Swapping modern engines into old cars is not a new concept. Since fuel-injection took over the world, hot rodders have been sticking these newfangled, highly efficient, computer-controlled powerplants in the engine bays of classic vehicles. But many of these “restomods” also feature a host of styling updates that oftentimes don’t really suit the car. Personally, we prefer our modern Mustang power coupled with classic Mustang styling, thank you very much.

And you certainly won’t find a better example of that mantra than the gorgeous 1967 Mustang fastback highlighted in this video from YouTuber AutotopiaLA. On the surface, it looks like a mostly stock example of one of the best looking Mustangs ever built. But once you start digging around, you’ll find that it has been upgraded in all the right places.

1967 Ford Mustang Fastback

“This is a very simple, mild build of a car that was meant to be driven,” our host explains. “Looks like it’s a stock car, but offers the owner a lot more enjoyment with considerably more power.” To that end, a set of modest aftermarket wheels hiding massive Baer brakes is essentially your only clue as to what’s really going on from the outside.

1967 Ford Mustang Fastback

Pop the hood, however, and it’s a different story. There you’ll find a 2nd gen Coyote 5.0-liter V8 plucked from a 2014 Mustang. The owner also utilized that car’s manual transmission and rear end to fully modernize the drivetrain. Throw in a host of upgraded suspension goodies, and you’ve got a classic Mustang that drives like a new one.

1967 Ford Mustang Fastback

“This is really just an extraordinarily cool, simple build,” our host concludes after his test drive. And those are our sentiments exactly. It almost makes you wonder why so many people bother to mess with what’s already a fantastic looking car. After all, a little infusion of modern parts is all it takes to create what we think is the perfect Mustang.

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Brett Foote has been covering the automotive industry for over five years and is a longtime contributor to Internet Brands’ Auto Group sites, including Chevrolet Forum, Rennlist, and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other popular sites.

He has been an automotive enthusiast since the day he came into this world and rode home from the hospital in a first-gen Mustang, and he's been wrenching on them nearly as long.

In addition to his expertise writing about cars, trucks, motorcycles, and every other type of automobile, Brett had spent several years running parts for local auto dealerships.

You can follow along with his builds and various automotive shenanigans on Instagram: @bfoote.

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