The Henrik Fisker-designed, Ford Mustang-based Galpin Rocket that made its debut at the 2014 Los Angeles International Auto Show has been renamed the “VLF Rocket V8,” reflecting the fact that production will now be handled by Michigan-based car company VLF Automotive.
VLF takes its name from its three founders: Gilbert Villarreal, Bob Lutz, and Henrik Fisker. The company’s past works include an LS-powered version of the Fisker Karma named “Destino,” and a Viper-based supercar dubbed the “Force 1.”
The VLF Rocket V8 is a current-generation Ford Mustang GT underneath, with a stunning carbon-fiber body designed by Fisker and built by Metalcrafters, Inc. Its supercharged … more
We'll get to see Henrik Fisker's carbon-fiber take on the Mustang at the upcoming North American International Auto Show.
Update: Spokespeople from VLF Automotive got back to us about some questions regarding the Rocket V8. The company says the model will have a starting price around $120,000, including the base Mustang. Deliveries will begin in the spring. Buyers will get a six-speed manual as standard, and an automatic gearbox will be an option.
You might remember the Galpin Rocket as designer Henrik Fisker’s modern ode to vintage Ford Mustangs at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. The carbon-fiber muscle car now makes a return in full production guise at this year’s North … more
Since 1946, Galpin Motors has been serving car and truck shoppers in California’s San Fernando Valley. Owned and operated by Bert and Jane Boeckmann and their family, Galpin Motors delivers sales and service for ten brands, including Ford, Volkswagen, Lincoln, Subaru, Honda, Mazda, Volvo, Jaguar, Aston Martin and Lotus.
The world leader in volume Ford sales for 26 consecutive years, Galpin Motors seemingly does it all. They even offer America’s first full-service, in-dealership restaurant (the Horseless Carriage) as well as a Galpin Starbucks.
Their full in-house customizing shop, Galpin Auto Sports (GAS), was featured for three seasons on the television show “Pimp My Ride,” and today showcases a museum-quality … more
Galpin is gearing up to make this Sunday’s 5th Annual Galpin Car Show the best in Galpin history! There will be hundreds of beautiful, one-of-a-kind, unique show cars and exciting new activities for everyone to see and enjoy!
If you want to experience a fun, memorable and incredibly exciting car show event, please don’t miss Galpin’s 5th Annual Galpin Car Show hosted by Galpin Ford!
Time, Date & Location
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, September 18 at Galpin Ford. Address is 15505 Roscoe Blvd., North Hills, CA 91343
All makes and models are welcome: classic cars, custom cars, hotrods, antique cars, muscle cars, exotic cars, racecars, foreign cars, lowriders, rat rods, off-road vehicles, … more
by Krista Daly, April 22, 2016
Galpin Subaru of Santa Clarita donated $7,364 to the Michael Hoefflin Foundation for Children’s Cancer on Thursday evening as part of the 8th annual Share the Love event.
The foundation, which provides financial and emotional support to children and their families who have cancer, will use these funds for their outreach program, said Gillian Stone, executive director of the foundation. The plan is to purchase gas and grocery cards for the families.
“For us, it is absolutely wonderful,” Stone said of the donation, which was presented at Newhall’s Senses on Main.
A $250 donation from Subaru is given to the customer’s choice of charity for each person who bought or leased a new … more
North Hills, CA (April 1, 2016) - Galpin Motors announces the Nation’s first in dealership monorail and observation deck. Designed to provide a more efficient and enjoyable shopping experience for their customers, the Galpin monorail will take passengers over the hustle and bustle of Roscoe Blvd. and drop them into any of their six Roscoe locations.
Galpin Motors takes pride in offering the finest automotive buying experience. One big advantage of buying from Galpin is the ability for customers to shop all Galpin brands, through the dealership and salesperson of their choice. The Galpin Monorail will take customers through Galpin Ford, Galpin Used Cars, Galpin Volkswagen, Galpin Mazda, Galpin Premier - home of the all- … more
Matt Farah from The Smoking Tire was bumped up the list and is numero uno in line to get the 2016 Ford Focus RS in L.A. (Not to be confused with VIN #1)
You scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours is a modus operandi that oftentimes works wonders in the greater automotive community and seems to be paying off for Drive host and all around good guy Matt Farah. According to a Facebook post late last night ( Oct. 13, 2015) Farah triumphantly announced that he’ll be the first person in all of Los Angeles (and possibly the greater Southern California area) to receive the fire-breathing 2016 Ford Focus RS. Supposedly the order banks are open for this much anticipated hot hatch and Farah’s order was placed. What makes this … more
By Jennifer Geiger on September 22, 2015
Ford redesigned its midsize SUV this year, and along with fresh styling and more safety features, the 2015 Edge earned a Top Safety Pick rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The two-row SUV received the top score of good in moderate overlap front, side, roof-strength and head restraint tests and achieved the second-best rating of acceptable in the difficult small front overlap crash test.
The previous-generation Edge also got good scores in moderate overlap front, side, roof-strength and head restraint tests, but was precluded from achieving the Top Safety Pick award because it had not yet undergone the small front overlap test.
To get the IIHS' highest safety rating, Top … more
By Tom Murphy-Sep 14, 2015
The all-new Ford Mustang is selling briskly – 86,769 deliveries through August and clobbering the soon-to-be-replaced Chevy Camaro. So what better time than the present to capitalize on the mystique of the reskinned Mustang?
Earlier this year, Galpin Auto Sports and Danish designer Henrik Fisker began low-volume production in California of a coach-built, heavily modified version of the new Mustang, dubbed The Rocket.
With a carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic body crafted by hand at GFMI Metalcrafters in Fountain Valley, as well as significant interior and suspension upgrades, the Rocket is a 4-passenger coupe with a starting price of $109,100.
At the recent Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in … more
by Steve Siler - Aug. 24, 2015
Yes, the Galpin Fisker Ford Mustang Rocket has a long name. “We just call it ‘the Rocket’” said Henrik Fisker, who also designed the BMW Z8, Aston Martin DB9 and V8 Vantage, and more recently, the Fisker Karma plug-in hybrid.
Certainly, “Rocket” is a suitable name for a $109,100 muscle car, but the fact of the matter is that the other named parties have made great contributions, including its builders and tuners, Galpin Auto Sports of Van Nuys, Calif., and of course, Ford itself. We took a brief spin along 17-Mile Drive during Monterey Car Week to see if it’s worth the coin.
“Ford’s engineers and Moray Callum’s design team did an amazing job with … more