It’s long been sacrilegious to put any sort of badges on any kind of car that they don’t belong on. And yet, people persist with this silly practice, attempting to transform their less expensive vehicle into something it’s not. Or, at least make people think that it is. But real car folks always know better, and this Ford Mustang EcoBoost up for sale over at Dubi Cars is guaranteed to set off anyone’s fake car detector from a mile away.
If this Ford Mustang EcoBoost looks suspiciously like a Shelby GT350 from certain angles, well, that’s by design. In fact, the car is wearing a GT350 front end and front fenders, along with the requisite cobra badge in the grille and GT350 badges on the sides. But look anywhere else, and it becomes painfully clear that this isn’t a GT350 in any way, shape, or form.
The most obvious sign, aside from the fact that this car is a convertible, are those base wheels. Why the previous owner bothered to upgrade the entire front end of the car and not at least change out the wheels, well, who knows? Or, perhaps they reinstalled the originals when they traded the car in. All we know is, they stick out like a sore thumb when combined with those upgrades.
The same goes for the engine bay, where Ford’s 2.3L EcoBoost I-4 sits instead of the magical 5.2L Voodoo V8. Not that there’s anything wrong with the EcoBoost, but it’s not what we’d expect to find under the hood of anything with GT350 badges.
What’s particularly humorous about the car’s sales ad is that it doesn’t attempt to hide the fact that this car is pretending to be something it’s not. In fact, it proudly mentions the fact that it has Shelby GT350 badges in the title, along with the description, though it leaves out the bit about the fenders and front end.
We imagine that the previous owner could have just saved the money they spent on all those goodies and applied it toward the purchase price of a real GT350, but then again, who are we to judge?