Retro-electric 1967 Ford Mustang revealed in Russia

The folks at Ford are working on an electrified Mustang, but the Russians may beat them to it. A startup based outside of Moscow called Aviar Motors is now taking orders for a battery-powered muscle car that looks just like a 1967 ‘Stang. The company claims it will have 840 hp and all-wheel-drive, allowing it … Continue reading “Retro-electric 1967 Ford Mustang revealed in Russia”

The folks at Ford are working on an electrified Mustang, but the Russians may beat them to it.

A startup based outside of Moscow called Aviar Motors is now taking orders for a battery-powered muscle car that looks just like a 1967 ‘Stang.

The company claims it will have 840 hp and all-wheel-drive, allowing it to accelerate to 60 mph in just 2.2 seconds as speakers mounted on the otherwise silent sports car replicate the sounds of a classic Shelby GT500.


A top speed of 155 mph and a range of over 300 miles per charge of its 100-kilowatt-hour battery pack are promised, along with some level of self-driving capability that Aviar calls Autopilot, just like Tesla does. There’s also has an extendable rear spoiler and an adjustable air suspension to improve ride and handling.

The two-seat interior features a more modern design with a huge touchscreen display that looks a lot like the one in a Tesla Model S, but tucked between two dashboard brows that mimic the authentic Mustang’s signature style.


Come to think of it, the R67’s pop-out door handles are the same shape as the Tesla’s, which is available with a 100-kilowatt-hour battery pack. Hmm.

As far as the price is concerned, Aviar has not yet responded to a request from Fox News Autos for more information, so you’ll have to make them an offer if you’re interested.

Or maybe you can just buy a Model S and a Dynacorn 1967 Mustang Fastback reproduction body shell and build one yourself.

Gary Gastelu is’s Automotive Editor.

Brand-new classic Ford Broncos now on sale

In about a year you’ll be able to buy a new Ford Bronco that’s inspired by the original. But if you can’t wait that long, you can by an original Bronco that’s brand new right now.

Gateway Bronco of Hamel, Ill., which started out as a restoration shop specializing in the classic SUVs just over two years ago, has been granted the first license from Ford to build ground-up recreations of the 1966 to 1977-era Bronco.

This allows it to manufacture vehicles with all-new frames and bodies and sell them with Ford Bronco branding, although you’ll find that they are a little different from the classics under the skin.

As it does with its resto-mods, which it will continue to sell, Gateway updates the suspensions, brakes and engines, using either a 347 cubic-inch “stroker” V8 or a 5.0-liter Coyote from the current F-150.

Several models are offered that run from the $95,000 Fuelie to the $180,000 Modern Day Warrior, which is equipped with the six-speed transmission and rear suspension from a Ford F-150 Raptor.

(Gateway Bronco)

They’re also equipped with a noise and vibration reduction system engineered by Gateway and can be trimmed in high-end woods, leathers or pretty much anything the customer requests.

Founder and CEO Seth Burgett told Fox News Autos that a $250,000 model is being added to the mix that comes with either a Shelby supercharger or a Gateway-designed twin-turbocharger, along with other performance upgrades that include a Borla exhaust and Brembo brakes.


They won’t be the only old-school Broncos modified with Shelby parts. Back in 2016, Burgett bought the first Bronco that was ever made, which was originally owned by Carroll Shelby himself, who wasted no time swapping a Mustang Hi-Po 289 V8 into it.

Caroll Shelby modified the first Ford Bronco, just as many owners that followed did. (Gateway Bronco)

The agreement with Ford is aimed at taking advantage of a new law that allows for low volume vehicle manufacturers to build 325 cars annually that qualify for a federal vehicle identification number without having to meet current safety standards, as long as they are a licensed replica of a vehicle that is at least 25 years old.


However, while the legislation was passed in 2015, the final regulations have yet to be written and put into effect. In the meantime, Broncos can be built to state-by-state regulations that cover custom car registration.

And Gateway is ready to build them. It already does its restorations using an assembly line process that has turned out over 40 trucks so far, and Burgett said it is being expanded to handle 50 annually as production of the all-new trucks ramps up.

Gary Gastelu is’s Automotive Editor.

2019 Ford Ranger scores highest fuel economy rating

The new Ford Ranger gets better fuel economy than any truck in its class, including the old one.

The reborn midsize pickup is powered by a 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine rated at 270 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque that’s mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission.

Despite competing with V6 engines on power, it delivers 23 mpg combined in 2WD Rangers and 22 mpg in 4x4s, which is better than all of its gas-powered competitors, including the front-wheel-drive Honda Ridgeline.


But it also beats the last Ford Ranger sold in the U.S. in 2011, which had a 143 hp 2.3-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder and a 5-speed automatic transmission that were only good for 20 mpg combined. It’s a testament to how far powertrain technology has come in the past decade.

Along with the extra gears in its transmission, the Ranger also features fuel-saving stop-start technology that shuts the engine off when the truck isn’t moving.

The 2019 Ranger will be on sale early next year at a starting price of $25,395. Fox News Autos will have a full review of the truck next week and we want to know what YOU want to know about it, so let us know on Facebook below.

Gary Gastelu is’s Automotive Editor.

SUVs are so big now that Ford designed a conveyor belt to help load them

Just in time for the holiday season, a Ford patent application has been published for a unique idea that could make loading your SUV much easier: built-in conveyor belts.

They’re integrated into the power third-row seats and deploy as you fold the seatbacks forward. The description explains how the system would be helpful on today’s supersize SUVs, making it easier for owners to pack stuff all the way in and out of reach.

The issue has been addressed before with manual sliding cargo floor trays, like the ones that are available in the Toyota 4Runner and from plenty of aftermarket companies, but none offer the same grocery check-out line effect as Ford’s design.

Ford hasn’t announced any plans to put the feature into production, and there’s no telling if it ever will, but if SUVs get any bigger it may have to one day.


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Volkswagen may build cars at Ford’s U.S. plants, CEO says

Have you driven a Volkswagen lately?

The German automaker is talking to Ford about using some of its excess U.S. manufacturing capacity to build future VW models, VW CEO Herbert Diess told reporters Tuesday after meeting with White House officials on trade.

Ford and VW have been in preliminary discussions about creating an alliance focused on commercial vehicles built on shared platforms, but specifics on where they would be made have not been pinned down.

Volkswagen currently runs its own manufacturing facility in Chattanooga, Tenn., where it produces the Passat sedan and Atlas SUV, and VW North America CEO Scott Keogh revealed at the Los Angeles Auto Show last week that the company is scouting locations for a potential second factory that would build electric cars. Diess did not say if the use of Ford facilities would take the place of the second plant or be aimed at additional production.


At a separate event in Detroit on Tuesday, Ford chairman Bill Ford Jr. told reporters that the talks with VW were “going well,” but said it was too early to discuss any manufacturing plans that may result from them, Reuters reported.

With Ford’s recent elimination of several car lines and a continuing shift toward less conventional mobility segments, a Morgan Stanley analyst this week projected that Ford could make as many as 25,000 job cuts in the near future. General Motors last week announced manufacturing cuts that could affect 18,000 employees worldwide.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

A mysterious message was flown over Ford HQ on Monday, and here’s why a superfan did it

It’s not odd to see an airplane pulling a banner with a car advertisement behind it, but what about one with message from someone who's looking to buy a car?

That’s exactly what was spotted over Ford headquarters in Dearborn, Mich., on Monday as a single-engine plane circled around at lunchtime towing a sign that read: IS A FORD GT IN MY FUTURE? #GOINGFURTHER.

The note was referencing Ford's $450,000 limited edition GT supercar, which is only being sold to customers deemed worthy stewards by the automaker, based on factors that include previous Ford ownership, celebrity and social media reach. Jay Leno, Joey Logano and Tim Allen were among the first 750 buyers approved when it went on sale in 2016.


The application process for the last 600 cars Ford will build through 2022 is currently open and Ford says it has been getting about seven bona fide requests per slot, so it’s going to take a little more than a laminated resume to stand out.

And that’s exactly what Rand Advisors CEO John Honis was thinking when he booked the flight through aerial advertising firm Airsign. The investment manager isn’t a NASCAR star or famous comedian, but he is a lifelong Ford enthusiast and the owner of a 2006 GT along with a few other collector cars that he often loans to the Saratoga Springs Auto Museum near his company’s office.

Honis was one of the original applicants, but didn’t make the cut, so he said he wanted to come up with a way to stand out this time around.

“The last page of the application gives you the opportunity to be creative” Honis told Fox News Autos. “So I started thinking about the company’s slogans like “Bold Moves,” “Is There a Ford in Your Future,” and “Go Further” and had some fun with it.

Honis said his connection to the GT goes back to the 1966 GT40 it pays homage to, which scored Ford’s first LeMans victory at the hands of Chris Amon and Bruce McLaren. One of the other cars in his collection is a McLaren Can Am racer from the era, so he's a certified fanatic.

Ford released a statement regarding the event that said it encourages applicants to submit “creative videos to support their applications instead of high-flying stunts,” but it comes across more like its attorneys fretting over liability rather than a lack of enthusiasm for Honis’ effort.

Honis didn’t say what he paid for the ad, but public rates for a similar flyover run from $1,500 to $3,000. Given the widespread attention it’s already gotten across the automotive media, his earnest desire to own a GT and the fact that used examples are already for over $1 million at auctions, it will have been well worth it if Ford gives him a thumbs-up.

If nothing else, it’ll be tough for one of his competitors to come up with something more ingenious before the application window closes on Dec. 7.


Gary Gastelu is’s Automotive Editor.

Ford Mach E may be in the works, but what is it?

Ford may be shifting from Mach 1 to Mach E.

The automaker announced in January that it was working on an electric performance SUV codenamed Mach 1, but Mustang fans immediate balked at the appropriation of the classic muscle car moniker for such a different type of vehicle.

Ford later clarified that it was just “evaluating” the use of the name, and now a new trademark application indicates that it may have decided against it.

First reported by The Drive, Ford on Nov. 26 filed for trademark protection of the name Mach E for “Motor vehicles, namely, electric vehicles, passenger automobiles, trucks, sport utility vehicles, off-road vehicles, and structural parts, fittings, and badges therefor; metal license plate frames.”  That boilerplate language covers a lot of ground, but clearly includes the kind of vehicle that’s supposed to debut in 2020.

While Ford has acknowledged the public filing, it won’t confirm the intent behind it.

Ford included this rendering of what may be the hybrid Mustang in a new TV ad. (Ford)

Making this more intriguing is the fact that Ford is expected to release a hybrid version of the Mustang that year, too, and Mach E might be an even better fit for that car.

Ford also holds the trademark for the name Model E, which it fought Tesla for the rights for in 2014, and which could end up on one of the other 40 electrified vehicles it plans to introduce by 2020.


Gary Gastelu is’s Automotive Editor.

Patent reveals new idea for Ford’s self-driving cars

Ford has designed a side mirror that offers a view of what’s in front of a car. Well, not the mirror itself, but the LIDAR that’s hidden inside its housing.

A patent application first reported on by CNET reveals the concept that could find its way onto the autonomous vehicles Ford is planning to introduce as early as 2021.

Until now, Ford’s self-driving test cars, like those of many automakers, have been equipped with unsightly and un-aerodynamic sensor arrays that include LIDAR pucks, which emit invisible laser beams to create 3D images of their surroundings.

Ford’s self-driving vehicle service platform will be a far-reaching ecosystem that allows a variety of companies — from large to small — to tap into it to enhance their business.

The patent depicts the range of vision of the pair of LIDARs to cover the sides and front of the car, but doesn’t indicate where any rear-facing equipment would be installed. The housing has also been constructed of materials that reduce electromagnetic interference.

And while it may seem redundant to have mirrors on an autonomous car that doesn’t actually need them, they are required by current regulations and would allow for a driver to take manual control.

Gary Gastelu is’s Automotive Editor.

The first Mustang coupe Ford built heads to auction

An original Ford Mustang billed as the first hard-top example is coming up for auction. It will go under the hammer at Barrett-Jackson's annual sale in Scottsdale, Arizona running January 12-20, 2019.

This is a 1965 Mustang coupe bearing a VIN ending in 00002, meaning it comes after the 1965 Mustang convertible with VIN ending in 00001 currently sitting in The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan.

Both of these were pre-production examples. (Note, the famous 1964½ model year was only unofficially applied after sales started to differentiate the earliest '65 Mustangs from later versions that received some updates.)

There’s always been a bit of controversy surrounding the identity of the earliest Mustangs, as Ford never kept precise production records and the earliest cars weren’t built in sequential order. This means no one really knows for sure which Mustang was actually the first off the line when production started in the early months of 1964.

That said, it’s safe to say that this Caspian Blue example is the first Mustang coupe, given its early VIN and numerous features that only pre-production Mustangs came with, such as the straight shift lever and prototype sheetmetal stampings and welds. Ford has also acknowledged that this is the first Mustang coupe.

It's a matching-numbers car powered by a 170-cubic inch inline-6 mated to a three-speed manual transmission. The car also comes with numerous documents proving its provenance, with some containing statements and signatures from high-profile originators of the Mustang, including Lee Iacocca, Hal Sperlich, Don Frey and Gale Halderman.

Interestingly, the car was also used in video shoots for the upcoming “Ford v. Ferrari” movie depicting Ford's motorsport battles with Ferrari during the 1960s. The movie is set to star Matt Damon as Carroll Shelby.

The current owner is Mustang historian Bob Fria. He attempted to sell it at an auction two years ago but the final bid of $300,000 didn't meet the reserve.

You might be wondering how a pre-production Mustang originally got into public hands. Well, according to the story, the car, like the convertible on display in The Henry Ford Museum, was meant to be shipped to a Ford dealership in Canada after being built so that it could be displayed when the Mustang was launched to the public on April 17, 1964. However, it was somehow misrouted, eventually ending up at Whitehorse Motors in the Yukon Territory in May. It was eventually sold and has since traded hands more than a dozen times. Fria has been the owner for the past two decades.

While we may never know which Mustang was actually the first to be built, we can say with confidence which was the first sold to the public. That’s the 1964½ Mustang convertible bought by Gail Wise on April 15, 1964—two days before sales officially started.



Ultra-rare Ford Ranger ‘Shadow’ bed emerges on Craigslist

The Ford Ranger is one of the most-beloved pickups of all time, but it’s not exactly a collectible. It was a high-volume truck that wasn’t offered in many special editions, so rare examples truly are.

There was one mythical version, however, called the Shadow, which wasn’t even an official model.

As the story goes, it was an experimental trim level for the rear-wheel-drive standard cab Ranger that came with a fiberglass stepside short bed, exposed taillights, Mustang-style “Ranger” door stripe decals, torque-thrust wheels and possibly a 302 V8. According to various Ford Ranger fan forums, Ford built 15 Shadows in 1986 and shipped them to dealers to test its appeal, but decided not to add it to the lineup.

But when asked by Fox News Autos, a Ford archivist said that a preliminary search turned up nothing official on the model, and the automaker’s product communications manager/pickup truck expert, Mike Levine, had never heard of it either.

Nevertheless, there's more to this tale, because an additional 5 standalone beds were allegedly built and sent to parts departments unknown and what could be one of them is now for sale on Craigslist. first reported on the anonymous listing in Quakertown, Penn., which shows a bed that is shaped just like the one seen in the photos of complete trucks that are floating around out the internet, but features additional decals, diamond metal plate bed rail caps and a Confederate battle flag on its tailgate. It’s awkwardly attached to a long-bed 1987 Ranger and on sale for $1000, while the rest of the truck can be added for $400.


The Splash debuted in 1993 (Ford)

It’s hard to imagine how one could possibly determine its authenticity if Ford doesn’t even have a handle on it, but for a classic Ranger fan willing to put in the work to stand out even more as the all-new version starts hitting the road next year it sure beats a Splash.


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