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 California, a new 2-seat convertible version dubbed the Rocket Speedster Concept shared space on the lawn with design concepts from Bentley, Lamborghini, Rolls-Royce, BMW, Audi and Maserati.
Plans to produce the 2-seat convertible depend on customer demand. “With sufficient interest, there’s a strong likelihood that the vehicle will be produced,” says Galpin Auto Sports spokesman Kyle Donovan.
Like the production coupe, the Speedster can accommodate Ford’s base 5.0L naturally aspirated V-8, rated at 435 hp and 400 lb.-ft. (542 Nm) of torque, as well as a potent upgrade: a supercharged version of the 5.0L churning out a ground-shaking 725 hp and 572 lb.-ft. (776 Nm) of twist.
The supercharger tacks on an extra $15,900 to the vehicle’s base price. A 6-speed manual transmission is standard, while a 6-speed auto with paddle shifters is optional.
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