Frank Bullitt, you remember him, right? Of course you do! He was the fictional San Francisco police detective played by Steve McQueen in the movie Bullitt made famous for piloting a Highland Green 1968 Mustang GT in possibly the best car chase in the history of cinema. If you don't, here's a refresher.
Tom Scarpello, you know him, don't you? No?! Well, you should. Tom ran the Special Vehicle Team (SVT) for Ford from 1998 to 2004 before turning his attention to manufacturing, marketing, sales, and a series of car projects. Years later he founded Revology, the Florida start-up that clones 60's Mustangs. They've been doing it for years and offer several models from the mildly wild to completely friggin' nuts.
But these Mustangs are not war horses with garage bondo jobs and junkyard motors. Quite the opposite, Scarpello crafts thoroughbreds, and a whole lot of them. Revology takes new-build bodies, Coyote motors, and an assortment of modern tech melding the classic lines of Ford's Mustang with the handling, safety, reliability, speed, and technology of a modern sports car.
His latest creation is the 1968 Mustang GT 2+2 Fastback R Spec. According to Scarpello, the R spec is more track-focused than, for instance, Revology's 600+ hp 1967 Shelby GT500. With the R spec there is greater attention paid to overall balance, light-weight, cooling, better brakes, and a more driver-centric motoring experience.
Under the hood sits a Ford Gen3 Coyote engine with 460 hp. That might sound rather common today as the motor has found its way under the hood of many restomods and project cars. But Scarpello went a step further adding an oil-air separator and the cooling system from the GT500 for longevity, reliability and sustained performance under load. Taking care of shifting duties is Tremec's T56XL 6-speed manual transmission backed by a McLeod twin-disc clutch. A three-inch driveshaft ensures nothing is going to snap and carries the twist to a trick Moser 8.8 inch rear-end with 33 spline axles and a Wavetrac torque-biasing differential. A Borla exhaust system exits just in front of the rear tires.
Getting this beast to stop is child's play with AP racing brakes at all four corners and Forgeline wheels shod with Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 tires. Hydraulically assisted power steering was chosen both for its feel and balance on the road.
But don't think that just because the car is made to carve up the road that attention wasn't paid to the interior. Inside you'll be treated to every modern amenity and gadget you could ever want - plus cup holders! Every R Spec comes with CFC-free air conditioning, trick power windows operated by old style hand window cranks, a full length brushed metal console, Recaro bucket seats, leather surfaces throughout, deep pile carpet, tilt steering column, power door locks, LED lighting, and a kicking stereo with USB, bluetooth and auxiliary inputs. And it's all yours for the none too insubstantial price of $235,500. Hey, making movies isn't cheap! Buckle up.