Italian-built Fox Body Proves a Formidable Corner Carver

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Vintage Mustang is unique for a number of reasons. Not the least of which is the fact that it’s a European racer.

Old school Mustangs have long been popular drag race candidates. This is particularly true of Fox Body, whose light weight and plethora of aftermarket parts options add up to cheap speed. But when it comes to turning corners, the more modern S550 gets more press with its IRS setup. That doesn’t mean, of course, that you can’t make a Foxbody Mustang quite the corner carver. That fact is on fully display in this video from Italiansupercarvideo.

Here we see a 1984 Mustang competing in the Heritage Touring Cup category of the Imola Classic. Yes, this Mustang is indeed an Italian build, racing at a legendary Italian track. And it’s not exactly a new build, either. The car was originally put together back in the early ’80s. It competed in the 12 Hours of Burthust in 1984, 1985 and 1986. As well as a WTCC race in Wellington in 1987, which it placed 14th overall.

1984 Ford Mustang GT Race Car

All of which is pretty darn cool, we’d say. But this unique vintage Mustang racer has plenty of other attributes that make it even cooler. Of course, it’s powered by a 5.0-liter V8. But it’s also still running a carb and Getrag transmission. The whole thing sounds absolutely nasty, of course. But it also makes this old Fox Body scoot around a track faster than your average ’80s ride.

1984 Ford Mustang GT Race Car

But boy, does it ever look out of place. Surrounded by things like Fiats and BMWs, the last thing you expect to see is a yellow Fox Body Mustang. Regardless, this old school racer more than hangs with those other Italian and German rides. And sounds and looks amazing in the process. And it makes us wonder – why don’t we see more of these vintage racers here in the states?

1984 Ford Mustang GT Race Car

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Brett Foote has been covering the automotive industry for over five years and is a longtime contributor to Internet Brands’ Auto Group sites, including Chevrolet Forum, Rennlist, and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other popular sites.

He has been an automotive enthusiast since the day he came into this world and rode home from the hospital in a first-gen Mustang, and he's been wrenching on them nearly as long.

In addition to his expertise writing about cars, trucks, motorcycles, and every other type of automobile, Brett had spent several years running parts for local auto dealerships.

You can follow along with his builds and various automotive shenanigans on Instagram: @bfoote.

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