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A KAR KRAFT SPECIAL – 1973 FORD MUSTANG TRANS AM RACE CAR – Ben Branch @Silodrome

A KAR KRAFT SPECIAL – 1973 FORD MUSTANG TRANS AM RACE CAR – Ben Branch @Silodrome

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This 1973 Ford Mustang was built to race in the Trans Am series, with a heavy duty tubular frame developed by the Le Mans-winning Ford GT40 veterans at Kar Kraft, a highly modified Windsor 351 V8 built by Jack Roush, a close-ratio 4-speed transmission with a Hurst shifter, and a 4.11:1 locked differential.

From a historic perspective this car is quite significant, it’s one of the very last chassis Kar Kraft designed prior to Ford terminating their factory-supported racing program.

KAR KRAFT – FORD’S UNOFFICIAL SKUNKWORKS DIVISION

Although Kar Kraft was technically an independent company, they were essentially a de facto Ford racing division. When Ford’s plan to buy Ferrari fell apart at the last minute they decided to take the fight to the Maranello racing and sports car manufacturer by challenging them at the most important race in Europe – the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

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