Akos (AJ) Posted January 20, 2012 Report Share Posted January 20, 2012 About a year ago Dave asked me about the birth of the modern Terlingua Mustang. I wrote it up in 2 parts and sent it to him. The last few days I have discovered the hunger from you Shelby fans for every little detail about your cars, the design process, production and curiosities. So I thought it would be cool to share with you, owners of the Fearless Bunny, the story of the birth of the one, original Terlingua concept car (now proudly sleeping in my garage in an undisclosed So-Cal location). So here is part 1, completely unchanged from the email I've sent to Dave: "Before I talk about the car, a little background info is in order. The management team at Shelby in March of '06 was Amy, Joe Jacuzzi running marketing and Ford relations from Michigan, Gary Patterson running sales, Gary Davis running manufacturing and the Cobra shop and myself designing and starting the actual production of cars. When I joined SA, we already had the CS6 and I was tasked to build the line for the GT-H. After finishing the production run for those, we were gearing up for the SGT production that was originally planned for September '06 but didn't start until January of the next year. That being a pre-title car (sold at Ford dealerships as a Ford model) left open the question to what to do as a post title packagae on the 4.6 V8 cars similar to what we were doing with the 40th and then with the Super Snakes on the GT500. So in the Fall Joe Jacuzzi started circulating the idea of reviving the Terlingua Racing Team brand and have that as the theme for the post-title package. He also had some scetches made of cars and then had Rich Sparkman, our IT guru and resident Photoshop expert digitize those. Then, Joe left the company and went back to GM (BTW, his dad is the inventor and the name behind the Jacuzzi hot tub!), and we hired Jim Owens from Ford. That's when Amy asked me to get a base car for the upcoming Terlingua prototype, unofficially green lighting the project. In '07 Ford discontinued the yellow Mustangs and replaced them with grabber orange. So I had to get the closest: white, which I did from Team Ford a dealership in Vegas. But Amy would not commit to the project for months after that because Ford marketing was not happy about doing another V8 version. But they wanted a package for the V6 cars that at that time were not selling as well as they expected (that later changed). So, while we were going back and forth with the big blue oval on what to do, Amy had me send my beutiful white Mustang down to West Coast Customs to get a yellow paint job. So we would be ready to build it for one of the summer carshows. We chose the Ford factory zinc yellow for the prototype and $7000 later we ended up with this gorgeus yellow Mustang. That sat at the shop for the next few months waiting for Amy and Ford to make up their mind. In the meantime, Vince LaViolette, our master fabbricator, Rich and myself started creating the parts list for both a V8 and a V6 version so we would be ready. Then a month or so before SEMA the decision was made to make it a V6. I will tell you the second part of the story in my next email. One irony is that for a couple of years after all this Amy was adamant about not making a V8 Terlingua. But then, long after I left the company to work with my dad in pharmaceuticals, she pulled out the Shelby SR, which is almost exactly the car that we designed back in '07, without the Terlingua paint job and stickers. The wheels are the only difference. So, actually somebody that would have the time and the money, could send my yellow V8 to Shelby, have them turn it into an SR and than have the hood painted black and get the stickers and the stripes on it. Voila' you would have the only legit V8 Terlingua!" Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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