Barrett-Jackson is no longer just one of the biggest collector car auction houses on the planet – it also now has its own in-house custom shop dubbed Barrett-Jackson Builds. And it’s kicking off its first project in style – by teaming up with Fender Custom Shop to build a matching 1969 Ford Mustang restomod and Fender Custom ’69 Stratocaster guitar and Tone Master Deluxe Reverb custom amplifier mounted in the Mustang’s trunk.
Like all future projects from Barrett-Jackson Builds, this one-off duo will be sold at B-J’s flagship 2021 Scottsdale auction this March with no reserve and will be unveiled prior to the sale. The project will also launch a new digital series called “Barrett-Jackson Builds,” which will begin with a 10-part series documenting the process of turning this 1969 Ford Mustang into a show-stopping restomod.
The car itself is receiving a major overhaul, which began with the team taking it down to the bare metal and painting it gloss black with a matte black hood and trunk. The hood features a Boss 429-inspired scoop, and custom Fender badges adorn the exterior as well. The Mustang rolls on a set of custom painted 18-inch Rocket Attack Series wheels wrapped in Continental Extreme Contact Sport tires, which cover Wilwood 12-inch-diameter vented brake rotors and 6-piston Dynapro calipers.
The ride and handling of this classic 1969 Ford Mustang have been upgraded with a RideTech bolt-in 4-link rear suspension, and HQ series coilovers and steering kit. But it’s under the hood where we find the proverbial cherry on top – a stroked Ford 302 from Blueprint Engines that displaces 347 cubic-inches and produces 419 horsepower and 436 pound-feet of torque, which flows through an automatic transmission to a 9-inch rear end.
Like its twin, the Fender ’69 Stratocaster is a restomod version of the original and is fitted with modern, high-performance components and a slew of Mustang parts, including custom covers constructed from actual 1969 Mustang side marker lights. The guitar also features a tremolo arm machined to match the turn signal arm of the Mustang and custom knobs that mimic that pony car’s radio controls.
Together, this dynamic duo forms a pretty cool pairing that’s sure to attract a ton of attention when both cross the block together this spring.