10 December 2020, By Dave Carey

Back in black: Win a Mustang MM GT-Special Customised by Mustang Motorsport

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Closing off 2020 was always going to be a challenge for Mater Cars for Cancer. Just how do you cap the most insane year on record, prize-wise, news-wise and everything else-wise? Perhaps it’s best to retreat to what’s familiar, and what’s familiar is good old V8 power. Enter the Mustang MM GT-Special, customised by Mustang Motorsport. Black-on-black, this menacing coupe could be yours for the price of a ticket.

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It’s no secret that the sixth-gen Ford Mustang, introduced to Australia in 2015, has been widely celebrated and wildly successful. Announced two years prior, V8-loving punters were clamouring at the dealership gates to get one, blowing away Ford’s sales expectations of only 1000 units per year.

In fact, Aussies snapped up 6208 Mustangs over the first full calendar year of sales, following it with a whopping 9165 sales in 2017, the same year the local Falcon took a bow. The sixth-gen Mustang was the first to be engineered in right-hand drive, yet although the herd was pretty thin, the ‘Stang has never been a stranger to Aussie roads.

The original Mustang hit our shores over 50 years ago, imported to promote the ‘Mustang Bred’ XR Falcon. With around 209 brought in and converted across 1965 and 1966, Ford’s plan was to plonk one in every dealership in Oz.

Fast forward to 2001, the Holden Monaro coupe was wowing the crowds and Ford needed a response, contracting Tickford Vehicle Engineering to convert 377 Mustang Cobra coupes and convertibles before imports ceased in 2003.

Tiny numbers; just 586 in total, so it’s great to see the sixth-gen Mustang smashing that number more than 44 times over the last five years. But with thousands on the road, Mater Cars for Cancer were left with another challenge; how to make yours different? Different enough to stand out and make you want to win it, along with supporting the fight against cancer?

Step One: grab the highest spec available, a Mustang GT with a 5.0 litre, quad cam V8 and 10-speed automatic. Without the need for turbos or blowers, the engine pumps out 331kw of naturally aspirated, instantly available power. The 10-speed auto slips smoothly through the gears so you’re never caught short for cogs yet allows the V8 to sing to the 7000rpm redline should the need arise.

Step Two: commission Melbourne’s Mustang Motorsport to curate a unique exterior package using the best parts, ex-USA. The huge, Minilite-style CS56 race wheels, wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tyres, measure 20×9 on the front and a colossal 20×11 on the rear and were sourced from Shelby American; a brand steeped in Mustang heritage.

Shelby American also provided the inspiration for the matte-black, GTE-style stripes, bordered by red pinstriping. Running over the bonnet, roof and Shelby American tailgate spoiler, the contrasting red stripe also features heavily on the sweet Drake Automotive upper grille inserts, giving a splash of colour to what is an otherwise an intimidatingly dark machine. Drake also supplied the front chin spoiler, one-piece rear diffuser and D-Force roof spoiler, along with front, side and rear splitters to protect the lower edge of the body.

Step Three: take the wheel. But the only way to do so is by buying a ticket and giving yourself a chance. Along with the ‘Stang, you’ll also receive $6,500 worth of cashable cold bullion, a $6,000 BCF voucher, two Kawasaki EX Waverunners, a trailer and a Ford Ranger Wildtrak to tow them with. But most importantly, your contribution will aid those suffering with cancer and help in researching the fight against it.

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