Simon Gronland - S197 Mustang GT/CS 4.6 V8
The car started life as a stock Shadow Edition V8 GT, the stock specification didn't last long!
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S197 Mustang GT/CS 4.6 V8
My love of cars comes from my father, he owned a Navy Blue Rover P5 V8, this car had an instant impact on the 7-year-old me!
From then on I had a love of cars. My first car was a Navy blue Ford Cortina, the colour was the only thing it had in common with my late father's Rover V8 but at least it was mine! Over the years I looked for slightly more unusual cars including 2 Opel Manta GTE and a Panther Kallista V6.
More recently I had the desire to own a V8 to pay homage to my father's V8 Rover back in the day. This was in the form of an S197 Mustang GT/CS 4.6 V8. Beautiful car in black with Saddle interior. Completely stock with the exception of an SLP cat-back exhaust, K&N CAI and engine bay improvements.
The bucket list continued to a TVR Cerbera Speed Six, a fully restored car that was stunning in Jaguar Ice Blue, the straight 6 (speed six) sounded brutal but the unreliability reputation of TVR ended the relationship after a little over a year of ownership.
So this brings me to.
My current car - my Grabber Blue Mustang S550 GT V8 convertible, this car has all the brutality of the TVR along with the rarity that's still experienced owning a Mustang in the UK. It's also one hell of a car. The car started life as a stock Shadow Edition V8 GT, the stock specification didn't last long!
The first addition was a Scott Drake rear spoiler, great design that reflects the design features of elements in the car. Roush external body modifications followed to give the car the stance it deserves. All lighting has been changed to LED, including switchbacks for front indicators and sequential smoked rear tri-bar lights.
The most controversial modification I have installed is the Vertical lift doors, totally Marmite, some love them some hate them. I love them! The works to the doors along with most of the large modifications have been carried out impeccably by GT101.CO.UK in Colchester Essex, 100% knowledge of all things Mustang and a must for any works or servicing.
The sound of the stock exhaust was too timid, so an H pipe installed by @gt101 and straight pipes thereon designed and installed by @demand_engineering of Stowmarket have made the car sound exactly as it looks and drives, Awesome, Engine power has modestly been increased to 460bhp with the help of Roush CAI and rolling road custom Mapping by @gadtuning in Burnham Essex. Engine bay presentation has been improved by adding a Carbon Fibre Plenum cover
Ford Performance strut brace, coil covers, the previously mentioned Roush CAI and the 'jellyfish' expansion tank has a black cover to give the engine bay a more uniform appearance. All the modifications so far needed something to make the car more striking - here is where @tailoredwraps came in and hand-laid the black Lemans stripes with 6mm white pinstripes, the single most striking alteration to this build. As the car is now nearly 3 years I wanted to ensure reliability so back to gt101.co.uk for the installation of a Custom oil cooler.
Whilst there we took the opportunity to replace the already upgraded Powerbase speakers with a combination of Pioneer Subwoofer, Rockford Fosgate and Power ass speakers along with sound deadening has made a massive difference to the sound quality. This car is a labour of love and will keep on evolving.
The most important thing for me is to try to keep it tasteful whilst being completely unique to me, I've ended up with a blue V8 - think Dad would approve
Royal Steering Wheels custom Alcantara and leather wheel.
LEDs in replacement of factory lamps including engine bay and boot/trunk
- Steeda jacking rails
- Roush bonnet scoop
- Roush winglets front and rear
- Roush side scoops
- Scott drake rear spoiler
- Diode dynamics led side markers
- Shadow Edition de chromed
- Shadow Edition wheels
- RTR rear diffuser
- Sto n sho front number plate
- Sequential smoked rear lights
- Switchbacks front indicators
- Pedders suspension - 25mm lowered
- Front and rear spacers
- Rock guards
- Twin Lemans stripes
- US-spec rear decklid
- US-spec grills
- CJ Pony parts stubby aerial
- Indicator/fog light Splitters
- Door latch covers
- Ford Performance Hood struts
- Ford Performance strut brace
- Ford Performance coil covers
- Roush CAI
- Vellossa tech air ram
- Carbon plenum cover
- Expansion tank cover from @nemesis_uk
- Vertical Doors Inc' doors
- Heated and air-cooled seats
- Upgraded speakers throughout
- Custom car mats
- Carbon tray
- GT101 H-pipe
- Demand Engineering exhaust
- GT101 oil Cooler
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