When it comes to building custom versions of classic muscle cars and hot rods, there aren’t really any rules, per se. But that doesn’t stop builders of such artful reimaginings of American classics from setting certain guidelines for their projects. It could be a set of performance targets, or maybe not using any drivetrain, suspension or any other major components from rival manufacturers (no matter how much easier, more reliable and/or cheaper mixing-and-matching would be).
Or, in the case of Steve Strope (the principal behind Pure Vision, one of the most successful and respected shops in the country), you tend to gravitate toward concepts or themes that could have been implemented back in the day but, for whatever reason or reasons, weren’t. Exhibit A: The Martini Racing themed Ford Mustang powered by Ford’s DOHC Indy car V8 of the same era seen here. It’s like historical fiction for muscle car fans, an idea that, along with the sound of that engine (which powered Jim Clark, A.J. Foyt and Al Unser to Indianapolis 500 victories), is music to our ears.