It seems to be a fact of life in the V8 world — al­most all cars built to as high a stan­dard as Dave Polwart’s 1969 Ford Mus­tang started out as rusty wrecks. That was cer­tainly the case with this sleek ma­chine, which was painstak­ingly re­stored and mod­i­fied by Ian Kenyon many moons ago. But don’t be fooled by the un­be­liev­ably straight body work, nor the mile-deep pur­ple paint, be­cause the in­ten­tion was never to scoop tro­phies. With a 482ci stro­ker, Tre­mec TKO 600 five-speed man­ual, and RRS sus­pen­sion and steer­ing com­po­nen­try, this ma­chine was built to drive. That’s still his goal for the car, 10 years down the track, de­spite suf­fer­ing sev­eral en­gine-re­lated set­backs. How­ever, there’s no deny­ing that it looks as bril­liant as ever. Thanks to the care of Ian Kenyon at Ob­ses­sion Mus­cle­cars, the smooth panel work and paint­work look ab­so­lutely flaw­less, and the per­fect pro-tour­ing stance looks as good now as it did then. “Ian has put count­less un­charged hours into the car, iron­ing out the bugs of the new build,” Dave ex­plained. “There are few com­pany own­ers in this in­dus­try that will do that.” Be­neath the bon­net, an all-new all-al­loy 427 has been stroked to 482ci by Dave Moyle at Pro Street Au­to­mo­tive, and topped with a se­ri­ously im­pres­sive eight-stack in­jec­tion sys­tem — “My third at­tempt at an en­gine for this car!” Dave laughed, but it should be the last, thanks to Dave Moyle’s ex­per­tise. When we caught up with Dave at Repco Beach Hop 2017 ear­lier in the year, he men­tioned that the en­gine was still be­ing run in. We hope that the third time’s the charm, be­cause this Mus­tang’s way too nice to keep locked up in a sta­ble!

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