Have you ever heard about Terlingua DM-450 Mustang? Well, not many people know that only 4 are ever made and you can read the story on Muscle Cars World. The Terlingua DM-450 Mustang is patterned directly after the legendary Terlingua Racing Team notchback trans-am Mustangs of 1966. Life for these cars begins with solid 1964½-65 coupes. Dallas Mustang owner Randy Gibson, along with project engineer Kenny Northum, personally select every Mustang for the Terlingua program.
Each car is completely disassembled for a total ground-up rebuild. Exceptionally rare or hard to find parts are retained for restoration. Everything else is replaced with new – virtually a brand new vehicle.Visually, one of the most notable features of the car is the paint scheme. Rather than the solid hood color seen on the 60’s era Terlingua Mustangs, Bill Neale revived his original intent for the Terlingua Mustang – a single, bold center stripe – which perfectly accents the signature Terlingua front apron.
Less obvious are unique touches such as the NASCAR-type deletion of the side drip rails, and flared road-race fenders and quarter panels. Even closer inspection reveals the Shelby ‘bullet’ mirrors, latching hood and trunk lid, and gas cap delete. Pull the trunk pin and you discover a remote battery box and 22 gallon competition fuel cell from Fuel Safe – a pure vintage racer! Read more!
When you look inside this race car, you see the four-point roll bar, leather ProCar racing seats, and competition gauges from Autometer, quickly authenticate the car’s heritage, leather door panels and full leather rear seat (stitched and formed to match the front buckets), billet tilt steering from Flaming River and Harrison Classic Car audio. As a finishing touch, the signature Terlingua rabbit is tastefully embroidered throughout the cabin – testimony to the living legend you have just entered into.
Start the engine and the raspy voice of a V8 5.0L 450 hp, Ford crate motor makes this car very distinguishable, add a Holley 750 double-pumper, Stan’s Try-Y headers, and Dr. Gas side exhaust rounding out the sonic signature, and you get a ground-pounding beast. MSD components light the fires within, while a 4-row aluminum Be-Cool radiator keeps the heat in check. World-Class T-5 transmission and Currie equipped 9” rear with competition override torque arms are there to transmit the power to the wheels.
Generous boxing support and custom bracketry at key points throughout the chassis unify a full compliment of Global West, Pro Motorsports, Koni, and hand-built suspension components including the exclusive Terlingua export brace. The braking power of this Terlingua Mustang is also enormous – a custom Force-10 four-wheel-disc system from Stainless Steel Brakes.
FYI, each vehicle receives the unique Terlingua Racing Team identification plates, hand numbered build tag, a certificate of authenticity, hand signed original lithograph of the car from Bill Neale, and exclusive membership in the Terlingua Racing Team Driver’s Club. And to make things even better, the car is signed by Carroll Shelby. The car is available over Francis Motor Sports, photos by FMS, too.