18 ‘Till I Die

Whenever I look around me I am saddened to see people around my age (35) conforming to the rules of society and giving into the ways of the family man – dreary grey economical diesels and people carriers. Some of these children carrying machines have window stickers: “Child On Board” or those stupid stick family decals. If this is the case, then I afraid it’s a lost cause.

I’d sooner force a baby into a glove compartment than actually pay money for one of these vehicles and drive it around in public. Which led me into thinking about writing a sensible article about fast saloons, a pragmatic compromise. However, whilst ruminating makes and models, I watched a movie called The Getaway. Although Disney babe Selena Gomez stars, it’s an above average chase, thriller movie. Ethan Hawke was pretty good too, but the star of the show for me was the Super Snake Mustang featured throughout the entire movie. Not only is this legend automotive eye candy, the directors and sound people actually synced and used the correct engine sounds for the driving scenes – the gorgeous V8 accompanied by the whine of the supercharger made for the perfect soundtrack.

“I need that whine in my life,” I thought. Although I love the sound of a turbocharger spooling and hissing, the whine of a supercharger gives the impression a jet engine under the hood.

So with the Child-On-Board-Mobiles and the pragmatic saloon alternative idea put on the back burner, I thought about writing something along the same lines: What supercharged car could you buy for the price of a new Ford Mondeo 2.0 EcoBoost 240 Titanium X Sport?

The Ford Mondeo is an extremely popular car in the UK, a perfect all-rounder. Even this faster 2.0 EcoBoost 240 Titanium X Sport is reasonably priced and not too expensive to run.

Specs: Price: £27,045 (est); Top speed: 150mph; 0-62mph: 7.9sec; Economy: 36.6mpg; Power: 237bhp; Torque: 251lb ft.

Now for the interesting supercharged alternative: 2008 Shelby Mustang GT

No, I haven’t gone mad… not quite. After a little surfing I found this 4.6-L V8 Mustang GT. I was surprised at just how many modern Mustangs were for sale here in the UK. People used to say owning an American car in the UK was crazy as they are so big and thirsty. But if you consider the rise of the 4X4s and the mums that drive them to the supermarkets, a Mustang isn’t so big.

This particular model boasts 450-bhp, a sports appearance package (Shelby front grill & front bumper spoiler, 20″ Shelby Alcoa wheels). It has only covered 18,000 miles, so is pretty much run in. Performance upgrades include Shelby racing front brakes and drilled front and rear discs, BBK Headers, a Magnaflow Exhaust, and a Hurst 5sp shifter. The best part is the Rousch supercharger; it looks extremely snug sitting on top of all that engine… and the price for all this? £24,995!

Okay, so the fuel consumption will take a bit of a dive and your partner is bound to hurt you, but for the sound of a super-charged V8, who cares?

Specs: Price: £24,995; Top speed: 150mph; 0-62mph: 4.7sec; Economy: 20mpg combined; Power: 450bhp; Torque: 419lb ft.

Fancy Owning Sir Stirling Moss’ Mustang GT350?

Not only is this car the mechanical equivalent of Marilyn Monroe, this very special Shelby Mustang GT350 once belonged to and was raced by a certain living legend, Sir Stirling Moss.

Ford Mustang GT350

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1965 Shelby Mustang GT350

This gorgeous piece of automotive history will be auctioned off at Mecum auction house at their Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance next month, where I’m sure the serious collectors will bid high to have this added to their garages.

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Moss drove this 350GT from 1991 through 1997, racing at nine venues across Europe and at Australia’s Targa Tasmania.

Not only does the car come with huge documentation, but it also comes with photos taken during races Moss was competing in and pictures of the late and great Carroll Shelby himself.

Underneath her hood beats a 4.7-L (289 cubic inches) V-8, pumping out a respectable 430-HP. This power is sent through a four-speed manual transmission.

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Anyone care to hazard a guess as to what they think she’ll go for?