Detroit’s famous Woodward Dream Cruise classic car event took place over the weekend, drawing huge crowds of owners, admirers, and of course, precious cars both young and old.
This year, MLive reports that over 900 Ford Mustang examples were registered for “Mustang Alley” – a section of the event on 9 Mile off of Woodward in Ferndale, Michigan reserved for Ford’s beloved pony car. We took a stroll down Mustang Alley ourselves and saw a mix of cars both vintage and relatively recent; SN-95s and S-197s parked alongside first-generation ‘Stangs, interspersed with third-generation Fox body examples and the occasional Pinto-based Ford Mustang II.
Speaking of, one of our favorite Mustang stories from the Dream Cruise come from MLive, who spoke to the owner of a Mustang II King Cobra. Michigander Steve Caesar found the 1978 example on auction site eBay and bought it some years ago, towing it here from its Arizona abode. The body was in rough shape, and the engine and transmission had been removed wedged into the trunk.
Not a great start for the performance variant of arguably the most controversial Mustang of all-time.
According to MLive, Mr. Caesar’s loving restoration of the car took the better part of a decade. It was repainted white with red striping, and given a loud, tangerine-colored interior with plaid inserts – both features it came with from the factory. Just about the only thing not based on the original car is the 5.0-liter V8 living under the hood.
For photos of Steve Caesar’s brilliant, 1978 Ford Mustang II King Cobra, check out the gallery on MLive.