Like every event in 2020, the SEMA Show looked a little bit different this year. The automotive aftermarket extravaganza typically fills the halls of the Las Vegas Convention Center with hundreds of cool builds and thousands of eager industry folks, but the COVID-19 pandemic forced the show online this year in a new SEMA360 format. Regardless, we were still treated to a slew of cool builds, including this beautiful 1968 Ford Mustang Fastback from Customs by Lopez.
Customs by Lopez is a smaller outfit that’s been building some of the coolest cars around in recent years, and this 1968 Ford Mustang Fastback might just be its best one yet. Like the other cars to emerge from owner Ricardo Lopez’s shop, this classic Ford Mustang retains much of its original charm, yet has been completely transformed into a modernized restomod.
Under the hood of this gorgeous pony car lies a beastly, stroked-out 351 Windsor with a Tremec five-speed behind it that now displaces 427 cubic-inches and is fitted with forged internals. The mighty mill pumps out 550 healthy horsepower and is dressed to the nines, helping to make the engine bay look just as good as the slick black exterior. All that power flows back to a Ford 9-inch differential to the rear wheels.
The interior is also a work of art, stitched up in-house by Lopez’s team of craftsmen. On the outside, there’s a nice mix of original and custom touches, the latter of which includes a vented hood, side-exit exhaust, larger gray wheels, and that flawless aforementioned black paint with yellow stripes for a bit of contrast.
Put it all together, and Customs by Lopez has created something truly special here – a classic Mustang that deserves all the accolades it can get. Luckily, SEMA judges agreed, because this fine fastback landed in the top 40 of this year’s Battle of the Builders.