As Mustang enthusiasts, team MM&FF takes pride in bringing you, the reader, some of the most highly customized, race inspired, and show-worthy Ford Mustangs on the planet. Each year we travel the country, and with each destination we're always searching for the hottest Fords, whether based on horsepower or just killer personalization.
Often, it's the fast Ford that stands out from the crowd that grabs our attention. From there, the details draw us in. If the car is built with quality, it's likely we'll feature it. Getting a car to that point often takes the determination to build something unique. Each person has his or her own vision, and it's our job to distinguish the good from the best.
And that brings us to our MM&FF Annual Top 10 Mustangs in America. It's never cut and dry, as our staff compiles a list, then fine-tunes it. As always, narrowing the list is a challenging task. After considerable debate, we've crowned the kings and queens for 2013. Without further adieu, we are proud to give this year's Top 10 Mustangs in America—enjoy!
1. Alan Happel | 1989 Terminated Fox
When Alan Happel's wife, Megan, sent in a Snap Shots submission of her husband's Terminator-powered '89 Fox-body, we were floored. Alan set out to build a Fox that would be "perfect." After purchasing a clean, four-cylinder coupe, he stripped it down to a shell, and waited to find the ideal donor car. In 2010, Alan found what he was looking for in a wrecked '03 Cobra.
From there, the transplant unfolded. Everything from the Terminator interior and powertrain was swapped. The interior has been further customized with black leather-and-suede door panels, and a black suede headliner, all to help match the Cobra seats. Outside, Alan painted it Sonic Blue. Also adding to the clean look is a Cervinis Stalker front fascia, and 18-inch Boyd Coddington Destructor wheels wrapped in BFGoodrich tires. His ride has both performance and styling all in one package.
2. Shelby American | 2013 GT500 Super Snake
For 2013, Shelby American handed us the keys to its latest creation—one of the last pieces Carroll Shelby had ever laid his hands on—its GT500 Super Snake. The Super Snake is coveted by many for its unrivaled power and sinister looks. The 5.8L engine features a 3.6L Kenne Bell Twin-Screw Supercharger, and this beast made over 770 rwhp at the wheels. Our real-world track test showed the Super Snake was capable of running 10.79 at 137.61 mph out of the box.
The GT500 gives you hero status in the Mustang and high-performance community, plus the power to smoke just about anything you encounter. The 14-inch Wilwood brakes offered up incredible stopping power, and the 20-inch forged wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires were a perfect combination for good looks, traction, and ride quality. Perhaps the thrill of watching spectators gawk was what helped prove this Snake had both the good looks and bad intentions to make our list.
3. JW Brake | 2007 GT500 Super Snake
"Pushing the Envelope" was the perfect title for the story on this '07 convertible GT500 Super Snake. JW Brake and driver Van Collier took the Mustang to the edge, running 220.8 mph in the Texas Standing Mile.
Quantum Performance converted Brake's GT500 to Super Snake specs back in 2008, and Collier began pushing the top end at the popular Texas Mile event. Its 5.8L-equipped mod mill sees 26 pounds of boost thanks to a 4.2L liquid-cooled Kenne Bell blower cranking out 1,153 rwhp. Out back, a Currie 9-inch resides, and Shelby/Baer front and rear brakes are responsible for stopping the behemoth. Aerodynamics were crucial for this build, so a clip-on top from Smoothline was installed. Despite the insane power and impressive numbers of this GT500, Brake enjoys it as a cruiser as well.
Having pushed the envelope to a world Standing Mile speed record back in 2007, this Super Snake still holds the fastest convertible Mustang crown, and that is something incredibly special.
4. Ernie Alderte | 2004 Targa-Top Mustang GT
It's not uncommon to hear about Mustang enthusiasts whipping up a custom ride, whether for the street, track, or show. But Ernie Alderte accomplished what most would never attempt—building a Targa-top Mustang.
After less than a month of ownership, Ernie had the notion to cut away the roof on his brand-new Stang. He and his uncle, Steve Kurs, cut the top off and fitted it with a custom-built, removable piece. They also gave it a splash of new paint; accenting the two-tone paint scheme perfectly is a set of one-off custom concave wheels, 19x9.5-inch front wheels and 20x13-inch rears, featuring a 7-inch lip.
Ernie also hits the track with his ride, so he added a Vortech supercharger and built engine for extra power. The sick paint, wheels, and motivation to build something completely different made Ernie's ride an easy pick for the Top 10.
5. Kenny Brown | 2011 GT4-RS Mustang GT
Impressive performance, great open-track capabilities, and stop-on-a-dime braking are a few phrases we would use to describe Kenny Brown's '11 GT4-RS Autobahn Edition Mustang GT. We've had our hands on just about every Kenny Brown car built, and this GT4-RS, Ruby, is the most dominating one built to date.
Last issue, Editor Smith put this GT through its paces at Autobahn Country Club in Joliet Illinois, and he was thoroughly impressed. Brown's AGS (advanced geometry suspension) can be built upon itself, from the AGS 1.0 all the way to the 4.0. The 475hp Ruby Mustang retains street legality and all the creature comforts, but it can take down Vipers, Vettes, and well-known exotics at the track. Track capabilities aside, we love the menacing look of the aero package and the racy interior.