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Amongst the treasures in Wayne’s classic car collection – which includes the concours-winning Porsche 911E that graced the cover of NZ Classic Driver, September/October 2023 – sits this thoroughly modern classic, a Gulf Heritage Ford Mustang.

WORDS AND PHOTO: Wayne Marmont

Having once owned a ’66 Ford Mustang Fastback, I wanted to add a more modern Mustang to my collection – specifically I found myself searching for a near new or brand-new Mustang with a right-hand drive example being an absolute “must have”. The other essential factor I desired was that it had to be imbued with genuine ‘X-factor’.

After many long hours of research, I realised that if you have the money to invest, there are many, many options – especially for those wanting to get caught up in the horsepower race.

However, matters were coming to a head and accordingly, with the invaluable advice of some seasoned members of the Mustang Club and the generous assistance of my friend Chris Fitzpatrick, my sights were set upon acquiring the perfect Mustang.

My dream car eventually came into focus when, just prior to Christmas 2019, Chris told me all about a special version of the Mustang that really had me buzzing with excitement – the Gulf Heritage Mustang. These very special dealer-modified cars were created to complement the Heritage Edition Ford GTs built to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the GT40’s victory at the 1969 24 Hours of Le Mans. As such, of course, the Heritage Mustang proudly sported the same legendary pale blue and orange livery worn by both the victorious GT40s and the Heritage Edition GTs.

I quickly discovered that there were no examples of the Gulf Edition Mustang in New Zealand, so as far as I was concerned building such a car was an absolute no-brainer – I had my project!

Continue reading in our May/June 2024 issue of NZ Classic Driver - out now!

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