Last month, we ran a story about this amazing 1968 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 restomod built by Customs by Lopez for the 2020 SEMA Show. However, at the time, there wasn’t a ton of information about the car available. Thankfully, Autotopia was recently able to spend some time with Ricardo Lopez and his amazing Ford Mustang, digging up all the details on this incredible build in the process.
The classic Shelby GT500 restomod features custom bodywork including a fiberglass hood, front bumper, side vents, and trunk to complement the original steel body panels. Lopez notes that the team started with a car that was in horrible shape, filled with Bondo, and in need of a ton of work. Interestingly, the car previously belonged to his uncle, and his dad is the one who chose the color scheme, so you could say this build has quite a few family ties.
Lopez dared to be different with the drivetrain, sticking with a classic 427 cubic-inch Windsor V8 instead of going with a more modern 5.0L Coyote V8 or something similar. The stroker motor is filled with forged internals, a Competition Cams camshaft, and eight single carbs up top for a very unique look. Output is around 550 horsepower at the crank, which is certainly enough.
Underneath this killer Shelby GT500 restomod lies a completely new suspension consisting of coilovers and an independent rear with a Ford 9-inch differential. The brakes are gigantic 13-inch Wilwood units, which are covered up by 19-inch custom BC forged wheels. Lopez shifts his modernized machine the old fashioned way, however, via a Tremec TKO 600 five-speed manual transmission.
Throw in a beautifully stitched custom interior and thumping sound system, and it’s clear that Lopez has created one of the coolest restomod Mustangs, of any type, on the planet. And while it’s unfortunate that SEMA had to go virtual this year, it’s nice to see this car getting the attention it so deserves.