Shown in it's early livery when Saffer ran the car.
early 1965 Mustang came out of the Dearborn plant as a D-code 289 4V powered
black with red interior notchback. Claude Saffer purchased the car in 1969
and ran it as a street car for four years before preparing it
to SCCA A/Sedan specs in 1973-74.
Saffer's first race was an SCCA Regional at Summit Point in May of
1974. Saffer ran the black #23 Mustang for a number of years in A/S and GT1
before changing the color scheme to red/yellow/blue just before selling in
1989 during Larry
purchased the car from Larry Merricks in 1991 after Merricks had moved into
a more modern and competitive GT1 car. The notchback had a Boss 302 engine,
Toploader 4 spd, 9 inch full floater rear end, Watts link , 4-wheel disc
brakes and large flares. The front spring towers were still intact however
the front inner fender aprons and factory radiator support panel had been
My goal was to bring the notchback back to an earlier A/S T/A spec.
I sourced NOS front sheet metal, qtr panels and removed the entire
roll cage so as to fabricate a style more to my liking. I saved the original
main hoop and custom bent the remaining cage. All sheet metal was put back
to early A/Sedan Trans Am spec and
the engine was out for rebuild when I advertised the car for sale."
Engine removal: Color
scheme as Howard Mahoney Jr ran the car. Photo is taken during Steve Francis ownership.
Move from PA to CT during Steve Francis ownership. Removal of flares has
Roll cage removed.
New hood, fenders, qtrs and valence. Floater rear cleaned and primed. Main
Street Motorsport CT shop
Original main hoop
of cage is trimmed, welded back in and cage tubing being added. Mains Street
Motorsport CT shop.
Original roll cage is out. Main Street Motorsport shop.
Ford 9 inch and
Saffer built Watts link. Main Street Motorsport CT shop.
Roll cage finished.
Main Street Motorsport
Claude Saffer 1974-84. SCCA A/S and GT1 as car #23
Howard Mahoney Jr. 1984-89.
SCCA GT1 as car #23 and #12
Larry Merricks 1989-1991. SCCA GT1 and T/A as car #12
Steve Francis 1991-1999. Sold mid-stream of restoration back to early A/S
Jim Peterman 1999-2011. Finished restoration and vintage