The TASCA 505
1965 Performance Car of the Year
© Mark S. Gustavson, Wolfgang Kohrn, - June 19th. 2005, updated January 11th, 2018
We recently moved my mother in law to a smaller home and came across a large box of old photos that looks promising. Since my brother in law still has a 67 GT500 he is also spreading the word around to his Shelby friends here in Indiana that we are trying to locate the car.
As far as we know today Billy Joe Gilbert of Greenwood, Indiana bought the car from Paul Harvey of Paul Harvey Ford in Indianapolis In. Billy traded the car in at Smart and Perry Ford in Greenwood in and they wholesaled the car to Perry Bros Auto Sales in Indianapolis.
That is the last anyone around here has seen of the car. Just to think that as a junior in high school I got to drive and work on a piece of history... I actually thought the reverb radio and square headlights and T-Bird style tail lights were corny back then.
Boy was I wrong!!!! I was also wrong telling my father in law that it
was too expensive. It would certainly catch more than 100.000 Dollar today.
I'd like to see it again."
Bob Tasca himself has confirmed the car to be the
original one. Another employee said, he had not. Well we do not have any
doubt in this being the real deal.
Performance Car of the Year 1965?
And never mentioned through all those years?
I was pretty much surprised myself, when I first read about the TASCA 505 in the Gary L. Witzenburg documentation in 1999 or so realizing that there was so little information available in the Mustang world.
Awarded by the American Rodding Magazine with this
trophy, it is amazing that this special custom car is covered so little these
days in all that Mustang hype.
Robert (Bob) Tasca was the most successful Ford Performance dealer of the
60ies into the 70ies. Although he started much earlier to race Ford iron at
drag strips, most enthusiasts remember the A/FX Mustangs and hin influence
on the 1968 1/2 Cobra Jets with his KR-8 package.
The Tasca 505 is indeed a Custom Mustang driven to perfection by its
creators. Following the european sportscar influence Cibie headlights
were installed up front.
Performance enthusiasts like those at American Rodding magazine of course
did not choose the car based on its design alone. What made their hearts
beat stronger, was the 505HP engine, a 289 stroked to 325cui with a modified
intake manifold and a double 4V-carb. It was backed up by an all-aluminium
The Tasca 505 at a later date with an added hood scoop and additional side
graphics. Note the white instrument top on the dash, that was original with
the Tasca 505 as were the rectangular frontlights.
This picture shows the engine bay as of 2007.
Bob McClurg published a book of the Tasca family heritage in June 2014. It contains also Gary Gilberts input that you see above on this page.
Martin TDale sent us this interesting mail:
- The 2x four barrel setup under the hood.
-The Two-tone interior had the "pony" option on the seats.
- Your pic of the front fender ...badge at that time said
"Harvey 505" -- it looks now like the reference to Paul Harvey Ford has been
removed --- you can see the space on the badge would have had something
A guy down the street with another car lot said that
his 396/375hp Camaro got smoked by the Mustang in a "friendly" street race.
I hope this info is useful to you and other enthusiasts. I enjoyed sharing.* Gary Gilbert responded lately to the comment about a Harvey 505 emblem from Martin:
"That is incorrect. As a young boy I washed that car by hand with my dad and I can assure you that it said Tasca 505. The Alexander Bros. built the car for Bob Tasca Sr. and made those badges."
The interior as of 2007.
|Update January 2018
Dan Mc Donald sent us Polaroid scans of the day, when the Tasca 505 was in the Tasca dealership showroom.
There is a pretty good chance - aside from the main purpose to showcase the Tasca history around the 1968 50th Anniversary - that it will be shown at the June 8th - to 10th, 2018 Special Mustang Owners Museum Preview day 100 yards from the current construction site. Otherwise maybe at the next MCA event.
Make sure you watch pre-announcements on their website.