|1967 Stallion created by Mainway Ford Canada (John Petry)|
Edwards blue Stallion
The other seven
|Stallion official advertisement|
STALLION from the GHMA
(Golden Horseshoe Mustang Association)
The 1967 Stallion was a special promotion Mustang from the Toronto based Mainway Ford dealer. Back in mid of 1967 Mainway placed some advertisements in canadian car magazines, at least the one pictured above in July in the Canada Track and Traffic mag.
The Stallion was initiated, custom-designed and sold exclusively by Mainway Ford, Toronto (Canada), although the ad was asking for franchise partners. The Stallion could be ordered with the 320HP 390cui engine in GT-version. Optional were a 410HP 390ci and a 550HP 427 engine. We have yet no information on the specific engine mods on the two optional engines. But acc. to Kevin Marti research, there were some of them produced with a 289 Hi-Po engine.
4-speed manual trans or a C6 auto trans could be choosen acc. to the advertisement. Performance was "realised" on the outside with a special paint, Stallion emblems, rear Cougar taillights, a very unique vynil side treatment.
On the inside a tachometer, console with radio, Deluxe steering wheel and seat belts and a rear fold-down seat plus wooven seat covers didn't left the driver thinking he was having a serial Mustang.
Everything indicated that this was a Horse of a Special Breed -
A real STALLION.
Kevin Marti (www.martiauto.com) checked his Ford files upon our request in 2002 and found out, that probably only 8 Stallions were produced by Mainway Ford, 4 of them had a 289 Hi-Po installed and the other 4 received a 390 from the factory. So indeed their project did not came to much off the ground.
What options were there on the Stallions?
Edward Faultless tells us about his brothers Stallion
"My brother is (now was) the 4th owner of the car, having purchased it in 1993 from a close friend of ours. He purchased the car in 1979. We were also acquainted with the 2nd owner as well. We have just tracked down the original owner, but he has no pictures from its past. We are missing a few key pieces of badging. The car does not have a Mustang grill, but we assume the current unit is as installed by Mainway.
The car was a limited edition dealer option from Mainway Ford in Toronto, Ontario, CANADA. The cars came from the factory with the 390, 4 bbl and 4 gear tranny. Mainway then replaced the rear tail-light panel and tail-lights with 1967 Cougar units, chromed the side vents, and added the chrome trimmed, vinyl along the fastback. The interior features the brushed aluminum panels that were a Mustang option.
Stallion badges were added to the fenders and the trunk lid, unfortunately these pieces have been missing since at least 1976. The car still has the pop open gas cap with the Stallion graphic and a similar badge on the passenger side dash. The graphic is a rearing Stallion, a mirror of the Ferrari's, but a much tougher looking horse!
Mainway apparently offered a number of engine upgrades from the standard 320 horse-power S-code 390. Listed were the 410 horse-power 390 and a 550 hp 427. This car has a Mercury 410 ci engine (390 block) with a lot of work done to it. 12.5:1 compression, Holley 850 cfm and 5.13 gears. 450 horse-power and 11.3 et quarter miles.
The advertisement picture is from Ford of Canada historical archives featured in Rare Finds section by Jerry Heasley Mustang & Fords (August 2000),pg 94.
The car on our website was featured in Rare Finds by Jerry Heasley Mustang & Fords (March 2001), pg 86.
We have not seen another one, but apparently there is one other known to exist. We have done some research on this with Peter Klutt of Legendary Motor Cars, who also hosts "Dream Car Garage" on Speedvision television in North America."
Update July 2010:
New pictures have surfaced of Edwards car on the web from a neighbour
Update November 2014:
We have also found evidence of a series of 1968 Mainway Specials that were called MUSTANG GTS. A lime green Fastback and a yellow convertible are known to exist, both with 390 engines.
If you have more on Mainway Ford Specials, send us a line.
Most other webpages have copied and pasted this content over the years since 2002, so you will have a hard time to find out more on these, but anyway keep us in the loop.
Editors note: I personally regret that this exclusive Mustang is more or less lost as a unique heritage showpiece.
|Update May 2016:|
We learned from Edward that the car was sold already in 2011/2012 back to the 3rd owner, a friend of the family. It was initially planned to restore it, but finally the PO thought it would be a better idea for his planned usage to go restomod with this car.
Unfortunately the currently sole survivor lost its oustanding Stallion dress except for the gascap emblem, which is now installed on the middle consolde of it.
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