Lieberman Corrals the Stangs

Robert Farago
by Robert Farago
lieberman corrals the stangs

Aside from the early, dainty-looking Mustangs and their Shelby siblings, I never really "got" the whole 'Stang cult. During my formative years, the mucho macho models cruising the mean streets of Providence were bloated Pony Car parodies; great honking beasts with about as much cornering prowess as a breeze block. The late '70's and '80's Mustangs were small, slow and stupid looking. In the '90's, the design started to come right and SVO made the model into a defensible choice for power mad pistonheads. But I still couldn't understand why anyone would lionize a car whose heyday lay almost forty years in the past. And then the "new" Mustang arrived. Now that I get: a Disney-style re-imagining of an idealized Mustang pulled from our collective unconscious. But the interior! And what's with the solid rear axle? Still, the GT sounds nice, goes OK and looks great. According to Jonny Lieberman, the Shelby GT-H sounds better, goes faster and looks like it sounds and goes. Listen to him preach the gospel to a former Mustang atheist turned agnostic.

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  • Lesley Wimbush Lesley Wimbush on Sep 27, 2006

    I like it okay...until I see it parked next to the vintage GT500. The original is streamlined, hot and sexy... the new one looks like it's retaining water.

  • Jonny Lieberman Jonny Lieberman on Sep 28, 2006

    Lesley -- the photos don't do it justice Here's one I took Not a grat photo, but oh baby what a ride.

  • Lesley Wimbush Lesley Wimbush on Sep 28, 2006

    Sure, it's a good looking car. For me though, it just doesn't compare to the earlier fastbacks (pre-1969).

  • Antone Antone on Sep 29, 2006

    I was lucky-enough to work with a guy who owned a 1966 Shelby GT-350 in perfect condition. He would bring itin to work every month. It is freak’n beautiful! Red with white strips! He also had the pleasure of owning a Conv GT-500 at one point. The car (GT-350) auctioned at RM (at the Boca Raton Polo Club) for over 90K… with the nipple-rings. I have owned two mustangs (’90 GT Conv and a ‘89 5.0 LX). Both were a ton of fun… both were a POS. I know, no real comparison to the current offerings but I thought I would share. I wish someone would make a Japanese build-quality TVR-like (back to the basics philosophy) V8 boy-racer. I would buy it in a second! End of rant….