1979 Mustang IMSA
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Mustang IMSA
The 1979 Mustang IMSA(International Motor Sports Association) is a performance prototype designed by Ford's group which eventually became Ford Racing. Elements include large 12 inch wide Gotti wheels, blanked off grille, hood louvers, rear facing shaker hood scoop, air-flow sealed headlamp trim, windows flush with outside body panels (the side windows are flip out), ten bulb rear light strip. Under the hood is a 132hp, 2.3L, turbo engine. Inside is a dark plexiglass covered instrument panel, a sport steering wheel, Recaro rally leather bucket seats. Several IMSA Mustangs were built by Ford in 1979 through the 1982 model year.

Examples of a 1979 Mustang IMSA
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1979, Pearlescent Silver, Mustang IMSA, hatchback
Ford promotional photo of a Pearlescent Silver 1979 Mustang I.M.S.A. prototype designed by Ford's Special Features Studio (Ford Motorsports) with an objective of building a high performance, motorsport version of the Mustang. Elements include large 12 inch wide Gotti wheels, blanked off grille, hood louvers, rear facing shaker hood scoop, air-flow sealed headlamp trim, windows flush with outside body panels (the side windows are flip out), ten bulb rear light strip. Under the hood is a 132hp, 2.3L, turbo engine. Inside is a dark plexiglass covered instrument panel, a sport steering wheel, Recaro rally leather bucket seats. At the same time as this car was being shown, rumors of the Mustang McLaren were also out.


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