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News Archive 201

December 27th, 2015
Letting another tough guy sitting in my 1968 T-5?
Two real Mustang export cars meet in Cologne.*

Yes that is almost unbelievable indeed. It happens not to often, just for a few good old friends, I make an exemption.
But if Dr. Eckelt, one of the top notch automotive career consultant asks you, what would you say?
He publishes a yearly publication about brand leaders and the one who was portrayed actually was Wolfgang Kopplin, Ford Germanys Marketing, Sales and Service Director (& member of the board of directors).
My car lined up with a blue 2015 formed the scenario where Wolfgang - as we call him after the Ford Fan Award ceremony -  got pictured in a Mustang sweater.
And Dr. Eckelt had something of a Bullitt guy, so it was clear for me to let him sit in it to enjoy the real Mustang thrill in a 68 Fastback at least once in his life.
Maybe he caught the moment. Maybe he has a related jobto offer in the future? You never know what happens.
*And yes, Ford sold the Mustang in Europe, as a T-5 from 1964-1978 and as a real Mustang from 1979 to at least 1985.

Photographer Hepp catches Dr. Eckelt with sunglasses in the Bullitt style. Why in my car? Read on the left.

The publication comes out in Feb/March 2016. More about the interview with Wolfgang Kopplin then. Certainly interesting for some to learn what the Mustang means for the Ford management in Europe. Most of the Ford Europe managers had a fleet Mustang parked in their spots at Ford Cologne.
December 6th, 2015
Nikolaus surprise!

Our foreign visitors may wish to google for Nikolaus and the importance of presents on that day:-)
Almost 40 years after Steven Magee sold his
428  CID ARI Promotion Michigan car 0F05R190031
he could buy it back last week!

As of 2002 Steven had contacted us thinking at the time that he had one of the five ARI Fastbacks, then went later to Gary Pietranic. Gary restored it in 1986 and since then the rumour had been around that the car was the real deal as he had another one as well.
Still this car 190031 was a dealers promo car.

"It did have the ARI style graphic treatment when delivered and when I owned it. I also confirmed with the original owner, Don Fouty, that it was used at MIS several times." says Steven

For Steven it counts that he has his original 428 Cobra Jet ARI car back reunited with him and we congratulate him. The car is for sure a big showstopper today and raising questions....always good enough for a long historic review in Stevens response. We will update the related pages of our ARI registry here soon.

Nov., 27th, 2015


Driving a 2015 Mustang puts you in another league today. It is not that sort of the butter and bread cars that Ford Germany used to sell. It has an Aston Martin feeling, once you sit in it and look forward and backward in an instant moment. It fits indeed, much more like the previous generations, as I could experience recently.

You can drive up at golfing areas like here at the Munich golf place, at the downtown theatres, at music halls, and appear in the rear view mirrors of the BMWs and Porsches. Along its history line it continues to give you another personality, once you take the wheel or codrivers seats.

In that sense it still has a prosperous future.
Change the style. Your way.

Thanks to Geiger Performance Cars/Munich for this opportunity.
"Anybody knows, why and where this was done?" asks Phil

Let's put our heads together to help him.

"I bought it in the 80ies in Belgium." adds Phil as a valuable hint.
It is a metal piece, has no stampings, but looks like a part of a series. Maybe homemade, maybe a dealer promo, maybe a serious background.

Who has some memory of these strange pony emblems.
The insert at the lower right in the picture shows the backside of the logo with the metal pocket.
October 22nd, 2015
6S2385 on sale from Bob Gaines

This Shelby convertible continuation car had a period of european history, so we follow it along.

Your chance to own this very nice car, though I'd consider them rather as "built to be driven". Sold to a man in California.

Read the story of 6S2385 here
September 29th, 2015 (updated Oct. 9th)
The Incredible Barn Find:

Historic June build DSO 89 1964 K-code Mustang unearthed

Yours truely from Ponysite.de has started to trace down certain cars since the early 90ies. The 4th Alan Mann TDF car bugged me all the time with ongoing misleads and misinterpretations being in print and online.

DPK4B seems to have indeed another history than the 4th Mustang sent in July 64. Actually two more got sent with the Liege cars to A.Mann, most probably one for J.Ickx (ABP325B) and that DPK4B that went to Switzerlands Pius Zuend.

The more valuable for me was it, to get the honour of being allowed by the owner of DPL8B to inspect this car #112 by myself as a first Mustanger on site ...hidden in a shed in the London area.

Being out of sight since 1978, I was the eye witness, when the owner and his mate - who notified me of this car - used paint stripper on the fender VIN and it matched the door tag, which was one of the many other proofs for the existence and survival of this car. Previously the VIN was hardly visible through the layers of paint. Yet the owner knew it had some link to the Alan Mann Racing team.

All the details soon on this site some time soon after publication in our club magazine. A preview is here
Boss 429 Survivor start up
From the new owners:
"... on this Sunday, September 27th. 2015 the time was right.

Bought from the german, first owner with 12.890mls and after almost 40 years of being hidden, 5 hours of pre-work with carburator overhauling, gasoline, cooling water and oil change, one hour searching for the proper ignition spark and only two rotations of the crank shaft, our BOSS 429 is running again."

See a short video of the most exciting moment for the new owners:.

The car will be shown as it is now at Europes biggest vintage car show in April 2016 in Essen - TECHNO CLASSICA
September 20th, 2015
The Comstock Racing Teams 1966 Mustang Pace car

Many of you have heard about the Comstock Racing team. Little is in fact known amongst the enthusiasts about the background of this racing team typically.
Chuck Rathgeb was the person behind it running at the time the family Comstock Construction company. He was into sports long before going racing, but founded the racing team in 1966. Chuck had strong relations with Ford Canada based on the construction business (building their factory and facilities) and of course of the results of the racing team.
One little known, but very important Mustang aside from their own notchback racer, the former Tour de France Car they got from Alan Mann and an R-Shelby 5R096 was this Mustang convertible used at the Mosport circuit in 1966 at the Player 200 Special.

Note the different grille emblem, which is an early Le Mans souvenir and the green Comstock striping. David Balfour owns this car today and we will show you his proof of the history. He bought it dead cheap for 900 Dollars back then and it has never left his home since then. We will show you more of the convertible in the 70ies, 8oies through to today and some proof of his research via Ford historians.
September 12th, 2015
Another Amsterdam assembled Mustang turned up in the UK.
Lee Harper thought he had a T-5, but in fact its VIN quickly identified it as a 1966 early built Mustang knock-down unit from the Ford Netherland factory. Our longtime friend Arjan Nugteren runs the N-Code registry with currently about 43 cars being located, some of them contributed through Ponysite.de. This one will be added soon.

is a very outstanding example and Lee rents it out occasionally for weddings. But the ribbon fits the car very well, even if he would drive it solo that way.
August 7th, 2015
Visiting the Ring

is always a pleasure each year. This time it seemed there were at the AVD OGP again less Shelbys and Mustang than in the many years ago.
Still enough of Ford Performance going on in the pits and on the track, but it may be less interesting for classic Mustang afacinados from year to year.
Reason for this is the continued preference of VIP and sponsored track and pits tents. Clubs are more ore less banned to the outside perimeter of the Ring area, where almost nobody wanders around to talk to club guys. Just a place for them to gather for parking and walk over.

Amongst the interesting cars, was the Shelby G.T.350 again from the Bronco Riders from Switzerland. CSX2300 (or its racing clone) was there and a number of Cobras and other notchback Mustangs of course. Most interesting was also a Cobra trip from UK to the Ring with a lot of ACs.
August 2nd, 2015
Survivor Boss 429 KK 1587 found in Germany and picked up today.

The customs clearance took quite some time. But we have a new highlight in our club.

This car was stored away for 38 years in a garage in the north of Germany and as written below in a sneak preview it has just 12893 miles on the speedometer.

We will document all the details.
More here

July 27th, 2015
Mustang Pegasus Project update

We've long waited for a sign from the owner. The bodywork is done and the paint applied.
So one milestone covered. We press our thumbs that Ramon keeps his interest in restoring the car to its former glory and that it will make the showstages some time.
It has a place in history as part of the Ford customs car caravan like the DST 2-seater that surfaced in the last year.
Read the full history here. Thanks again to Mark Gustavson and some genuine people who filled us in on the many gaps in books.
July 25th, 2015
Another Rare find

This seems to be the best Mustang month of the year in Germany.

We have been contacted by someone with an original 1967 T-5, taken from road duty in 1978 and now - after 38 years - it saw the daylight for the first time.
The story is that the father bought it already unregistered and gave it to his son, when he was 12. The son always had in mid to start the restoration, but realized that it may take another 10-20 years. So better to let it go now.

More soon on this one here on Ponysite.

Note the additional turn indicator lights mounted above the front bumper, another oddity demanded by a local TUEV (sort of DMV). Many T-5s have such kind of individual modifications required by peculiar TUEV agents.
Reviewing our 30 years club history
I am busy in doing a special feature book on the FMCOGs anniversary.
It is interesting to dive back to the genesis of a club, of which I am part at least for the past 22 years or so. Visiting our member #1 Hans and getting more insight from club founders pays off to understand the enthusiasm of the 80ies and browsing the pics is fun indeed seeing well-known members in their 80ies dress. Somewhat cool again.

Odor of the past
And then we have the club news magazine #1 from January 1986.
Another piece of historic documents to preserve in the clubs archives.
What's the news in here, you ask?
No news, historic news... we speak.
These days where What's app, facebook and other social media news spam you every day, the 60-90ies news get more interesting for most of us classic Mustang drivers. Maybe it is time to switch back to the old school.

What do you enjoy more, a sophisticated "zoomy" digital mag or a simple stacked pile of paper of cut and glued Mustang news of the 60s through 90ies?
Considering the few minutes I spend on flipping through latest digital mags popping up on my screen - annoyed by ads and vids getting in the way - and then going down in the cellar and taking an archive box out of 22 years Mustang stuff collection, sitting down and take a simple old paper mag into ones hands, sniffing the odor of the past and just fall back in time....again....what do you enjoy more?
July 15th, 2015
1967 GT500 for sale in Europe

This is a rare opportunity. Our club member J.S. sells his GT500. A one-of-a-kind car with hundreds of stories in its history.
Most probably - yes we are sure it is - the only one with a B Production race history.

See the picture below. It came over around 2004/5 via Tango and Bill Collins to Europe and Juergen had enjoyed it ever since. Asking for no cheap offer, we will forward your letter of intention, if beyond 130K Euros, no others are considered serious...yet.

The car has czech licence plates, since Juergen lives there, anyway a rare car in a unusual scenery for Shelbys.
Update: Will be at Coys auction at the Ring in August 2015.
June 11- July 21st, 2015
Ultrarare find in Europe

Original Polyglas Tires are still with the car.
The first one will be a huge surprise for most insiders in Europe. We stumbled over one that we never expected, a true garage find. A find that will make some noise around the globe. A small delay was encountered due to that the customs clarification must be done first.

Low mileage of 12893 miles, first owner bought it in the US, brought it over in the 70ies and then locked it up for 38 years.

Curious?  Stay tuned - coming soon.

A perfect day!
Our french friends could enjoy the new Mustang (preseries model) at a social media day on the traces of Claude Lelouches from Paris to Deauville.

Catching the atmosphere best is indeed this picture, I think.
I am really envious on Guilleaume Vesnat. Now where was the female actor?

Pictures thanks to Ford France.
June 4th, 2015
Almost forgot our own
34th. International
Mustang Meeting

 at the Technik Museum Sinsheim.

Always a very inspiring environment for the technically interested audience, the museum features a WWII segment, all kinds of aviation exhibits, race record cars incl. the Blue Flame record holder and countless vintage cars plus many more items like automated organs and technical innovations of the past.
With close to 600 Mustangs we as the First Mustang club of Germany 1964-1973 e.V. recorded a very good result, even with the record of 1000 Mustangs last year for the 50th Anniversary.
The theme was "Go faster, make new friends" and many succeeded in that role. The share of the 64-73 classics was still very high above 60%, though we also welcomed all model years of Mustangs. A variety of the 2015 (US imports) were already on hand.
Ford Germany nor Ford Europe was present there. The official launch is set for August, while the first 2015 EU-Mustangs are expected at dealers until the end of this month or early July.
May 16th, 2015
Fabrizio Nobili from Italy found another Amsterdam assembled Mustang and is going to restore it.
Though my friend Arjan Nugteren now runs the dutch Mustang registry, there was yet no car registered with a color code 6606.

This is ANO1GE61699, which tells us that it was built in Amsterdam (N) as a hardtop (1) in March 1967 (GE). Fortunately Fabrizio contributed another tag picture which says it is a 7NO1T61699. A coding that was typical to cars that were exported from Netherland to France. Obviously Fabrizios is an original french or italian export NL Mustang. We would like to see some more italian ANO Mustangs to confirm our assumptions. Fabrizio would be also happy if somebody confirms the same color code on thei car with a proper sample or original picture.

The tag further shows the 2A and 65A standard black interior. The color code 6606 should be confirmed. Obviously there is something underneath the red color.
May 14th, 2015
The 4.th-22. May 2015 Media event in Munich and Rottach/Tegernsee in Germany seems to turn into success. Of course who would not like to drive a Mustang through the scenic area in Bavaria. Though not all media reports are that enthusiastic as one would expect with the Mustang icon, for sure the critical journalists are becoming more and more convinced that for the current prices, the Mustang is a steal deal in Europe compared to others. The affordable Sportscar is again more or less the convincing argument that gains respect despite all critics on details.
Our club member Felix was on site yesterday at the photo shootings in Rottach-Egern at the Tegernsee/Hotel Ueberfarth. About 25 Mustangs in the subfloor garage and Felix took a lot of pictures for us.
May 4th, 2015
And yes, the (italian) rumours were right, a fleet of new Mustangs, all licenced with Cologne plates were shown from today - May 4th in the center of the Munich airport. This is a large area between the terminals, typically used for a Christmas market and in summer for bavarian blue-white humpa-parties (I know we serve the clichées here). The right place to catch a big audience and with a duration of two weeks and a final drive tour for the invited journalists throughout the week, if not until May 22nd, this will cause the desired multiplication factor Ford Germany is looking for. There will be certainly a million visitors passing by in this week with thousands of selfies posted with the hashtag #FORDMUC. Watch out, we saw it coming. Actually those cars were pre-series cars, not the final EU spec cars. Yet with some EU features like the white lenses etc.
Why is this one of the more accurate Bullitt replicas?
We are going to tell you, look at the rims and Firestone square-shoulder wheels.

Then read our Bullitt section for David Kunz last investigation of the TTD rims. This one seems to have the correct wheel and rim selection and it is based in the UK as a part of a Charger/Mustang Bullitt pair.

Click on the latest Bullitt News.
April 22nd 2015
First 2015 european Mustang model in Europe
. Who will win? France, Italy, Germany?  We think it is already there and has been filmed on April 17th. in Cologne with Jim Farley and a club members car.
Maybe for a May 4th. release date in Munich. Production started in March, so it makes pretty much sense, that the first is already here for training and other purposes. A few hav been spotted around Cologne in the past days, some with US mirrors however.

As for 1964 I found a decade ago this official pic of the "first official import Mustang 1964". It has a COB647B licence plate, which makes pretty much sense for a promotion and PR car. Little is known about this car, so help us on this one. It is at a UK port for sure and we would like to know if this car is still around.

COB647 for a 1964 17th Date or for 1964 July date, that is here the question.
April 18th, 2015
1 of 82 69 Super Cobra Jets
and 1 of 5 with similar equipment (4 speed, black jade paint, Drag Pack etc) is 9F02R173596 showing up after 100 points gold MCA supervised certificate Concours restoration at the running Techno Classica exhibition in Germany. Exhibiting high-class restored cars for investors has become the focus of this event with lots of investors coming in especialy from Switzerland, who have at least a 30% benefit of buying cars in their country as well as the other non-Euro countries around. Not an export car, but certainly an auction car. Many make their way now across the pond again to fulfill demand of collectors.
April 16th., 2015
turned up at the Techno Classica exhibition in Essen/Germany and is on sale for 285.000,-- Euro.

Well and Jim Farley, european Ford Boss was on 17th April our guest. Met a club member for a launch vid of the 2015 EU model.

Pretty good action going onthee days through to 19th. Remember a touchdown, a liberty statue, 2 Mustangs and Jim Farley linking the past and the future. Got it?
April 12th, 2015
We are very sorry to hear about the loss of our friend Salvo Mirabella, president of the Mustang Club of Italy.
According to reports which reached us he obviously died during an accident in the mountains while climbing. Salvo just got 57 years old. Rest in Peace.

We are with his family and send our condolences to Manuela Mancini.

The board of Directors representing all club members of the
First Mustang Club of Germany 1964-1973 e.V.
March 22nd, 2015
Just when you think, that Ponysite.de has gone to sleep, we are back up with another rare find. After years of tracing this car, we finally got decent pictures of it in color.

The one and only Shelby Europa GT250 that was ever created by Claude Dubois based on a 1971 Maverick.

These came from the son of one of the previous owners in the 70ies.

Looking for his father car, unfortunately we had to disappoint him, that the car was parted out later, but these pictures are a real historic treasure find.
More color shots soon, when we get permission.

The Shelby GT250  built by Claude Dubois
March 17th, 2015
The Bond Mustang Mach 1 is getting more attention these days, but there are some out there that have dreamt of owning one for a longer time.
Ian L. from UK is one of those. He will let us join his replica creation on this 1971 Mach1 until its finished.
Soon in our Bond section of this site.
February 27th, 2015
More Rare Finds coming soon

Another 2 rare samples are on our Ponysite list. A 1972 Mexican and another 1967 peruvian car. Fortunately both are documented very well, so we can start to publish more details of them very soon. Most guys regret that Dave Hammars South of the border registry has disappeared.

Fortunately I saved a bigger part of it and will try to get permission from Dave or his stuff current caretaker to rebuild a portion of it. We had worked together in the beginning especially in contributing our international VIN decoder that is still on our FMCOG clubsite and elsewhere copied.

With this one, we could also decode these samples here, yet we got a decoding sheet of the tag information, that will help other in the near future. Stay tuned.

7ATO7GE21XXX for the 67 (now in Italy) and AFO1MA31XXX for the 1972 Hardtop are the VINs of these 2 cars. More soon.
Get hooked on Ponysite:-)

February 21st, 2015
If you know the more famous movie cars, this VIN may tell you something.

1F05M160938 is the stunt "alley" car that was used for the 2-wheel-stunt driving in the movie Diamonds are Forever* with James Bond in Las Vegas. A few years ago it went from the Cars of the Stars collection in the UK to the Dezer Collection in North Miami.
Displayed as a part of the fantastic private Dezer Bond collection with many, if not most of the Bond cars.

I was allowed to take more detailed pics in and outside of the car and we will explain a few features soon in the DAF BOND subpage of this website.

Here is a short video of the Dezer Bond collection. Stroll with me through the aisles.

"Diamonds are Forever "and James Bond are protected by eon productions and the ianfleming.org. Names are used here for reference purposes only.

February 3rd, 2015
Most of you have probably never heard of a Pontiac Style Shelby G.T.350.
That is why you visit ponysite.de once and then? You are right to do so.
Tom Fournier from Tasca owned this one and built it out of a once wrecked real GT350 with the VIN no. 6S056.
Now most people that know about this cars history think it is lost as it was registered as wrecked and cut up again hacksawed and dumped).
This is where some news were thrown in the mill that bad mouth had given wrong information.
Well turns out there are still 2 positions on the remainders, the official from SAAC and the non-official from the seller. We will keep you updated, what comes out, but there is a car with this "name" on sale at Hemmings and Amelia soon.

Frankly I would have restored it in the look as it was built by Tom Fournier once, but there are certainly other opinions, which I can share as well.
January 23rd, 2015
A new exciting Project car is on its way for the Shelby GT 350 anniversary at Willow Springs, February 14th, 2015.
Peter Brock, Jim Marietta and Ted Sutton and his son Eric joined forces and brainwork with more LA SAAC enthusiasts and came up with the idea to finish the initial idea of an IRS Mustang testbed for rear suspension evaluation. Jims own K-code Fastback and an original IRS unit preserved by Duane Carling are parts of the job.
The IRS project was put on the bench in 1964, when the Ford management had to decide on the benefits versa costs involved. Though the price tag would have been a mere 200 Dollar for interested racers, it was considered as to labour-intensive and too expensive with not enough benefit.
The IRS was developped by Klaus Arning already in 1958 and initially realized in the Mustang I, later GT40. 3 rear end units were built during the further development and tested on a Falcon and a Mustang Fastback.
Given to Shelby it turned out that it did not perform much better than the other Klaus Arning driven spindle drop and stabilizer thickness changes and UK based rallye experience feedback from Alan Mann and Holman Moody plus others.
Thus the first test at Willows Springs ended the serial production for the IRS. Serial means for competition use only back in the days.
It will be interesting to see new suspension tests going on at Willow springs 2015 with two HiPo engine equipped cars on hand.

Thanks to LASAAC groups Randy Richardson for the pictures provided on his Facebook page.
January 19th, 2015
Klaus Fritzinger passed away on the 9th of January. RIP.
Klaus was a well-known Mustanger in Europe back in the 60ies/70ies. Though he entered his Mustang Fastback as a Shelby in several races (those were the times of pretention in racing) he was a very well respected racer. He is also known for giving 5R107 a tough time.

His car was later exported to the US and ended up in Roger Cortanis hands.
Not knowing the detailed history at that time, he turned it into a Shelby R-replica for continued racing.
He later found the original Ford VIN tag of this genuine K-code under the Shelby tag.
Unfortunately Klaus never responded to Roger himself for exchange of history bits about this car.

Aside from the Mustang he raced a GT40, a Capri RS 2600 and later Toyota and Datsun touring cars. He participated in the Himalaya rallye with Stefanie Tücking and many more events through the 8oies and 9oies. I met him at the Techno Classica at least two times at the Toyota booth. Klaus died one day after his 78th. birthday.

January 18th, 2015
The Jack Brabham Mustang

We are still wondering, where the Jack Brabham Mustang came from. There are several stories and narrations around it.
1. It was more than once written in UK motorsports magazines that before Crystal Palace Alan Brown imported this car directly from the US. "It was set up rock hard" and softened before the Crystal Palace race.

2. Another story says that is was bought by Alan Brown from Alan Mann. Which is not really likely as Alan Mann later protested the car in favour of Roy Pierpoints championship. Yet he knew that the valvetrain was not legal at the time.
3. It could be also one of those HM prepared Mustangs that Alan Mann and his mechanics denied to have received from the first batch or second sent by Ford . We have some in the Passino papers that have not yet been traced down like Herb Nobb.

We know that this car later went to Ronny Lion and then to a dutch racer. It is no more around. We are interested in where it started. Lee Holman remembers that he had one "TDF" car in his shop once and that it went to Shelby and was driven by a guy. That story just turned out be actually a red 66 Shelby T/A #6 car, so a dead end. 

Was this another Holman Moody prepared car or the former DPK7B Skip Scott car, repaired at HM for Brabham? It looks to good to have been altered between February and June 65 from the former Daytona raced modified body of Skip Scotts #71 car. The front fenders show the Alan Mann style, but keep in mind that both used the same shops in Byfleet, so it is no surprise.

A DPK7B licence plate appeared on a dutch racer car (Akersloot/Frami racing acc. to a racehistory.nl record.) If it was just exported with the remaining registration, we don't know yet, but will find out soon with dutch mechanic Jan, who wrenched on the van der Ende Mustang, ex Ronny Lion/ex Brabham car or...altered real DPK7B.

January 10th, 2015
Ever seen a Dandelion Yellow 1968 Mustang? This is a probably unique Special Paint Mustang that turned up in the Netherland. The colour code deciphers as WT6018, a Ford number that indicates, it came from the Rainbow of Colors program. Reiny, the TMCN president, tells in a video about this car that 132 were made in this color in total. This one is for sale now for 39500,-- Euro.

One other was found in the UK some time ago from Luke.
January 1st, 2015
A Happy New Year. Let important topics enrich your daily automotive life this year and visit www.ponysite.de more often.

Back then in 1964 George Merwin, then Fords Rallye Competition Manager made some important calls from the UK to the US.
George is often characterized as an administrator within Ford, but he moved things definitely, first here at Alan Manns garage, later with Shelby American.
George made the homologation of the Mustang possible with the FIA, so any Mustang racer today should write his name down more often and keep him in good memory.
George had close connections with Jaques Passino, Fran Hernandez and all the relevant people that brought TOTAL PERFORMANCE to life.

Here is some recently unearthed material about him from 1963 to 1966 - never seen and never published elsewhere.
Click here
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