Meet the FrankenStang: Sutton’s reimagined GT500CS arrives in London

Published: 18 May 2018

► Original '67 chassis
► Re-engineered from top to bottom
► Costs around £250,000 in UK!

Classic cars may look stunning on the road, but they’re usually temperamental, unreliable and, well, broken – so they often spend more time in the garage. But what if you could combine all the charm of a classic, with all the reliable engineering of a modern car? Enter the Sutton GT500CS Mustang, a reimagining of one of the most iconic muscle cars ever made.

Revealed at the London Motor Show this week, the Sutton GT500CS may look like a totally original build, but it’s actually Frankenstein's monster of a machine. Made for a client commission, the Sutton GT500CS is based on an original 1967 Mustang chassis, but adds modern bodywork and a contemporary paint job. LED lighting and 18-inch alloys also continue the 'resto-mod' look.

Underneath the bonnet, Sutton’s Mustang uses a traditional 5.4-litre V8, but tweaks it with less customary racing pistons, eight-port fuel injection and a high-performance camshaft. The overall package is good for 512bhp, and it’s mated to a contemporary five-speed manual with a limited slip diff. Power steering and proper disc brakes also mean it should handle and stop like a younger car, too.

Inside, the Frankenstang features period dials with LED gauges, carbonfibre trim – and even Apple CarPlay.

Sutton says the car on display at this weekend’s motor show was commissioned in 2017, and costs around £250,000 from start to finish. A project takes around 10 months, and prices for other Mustangs will range from £190,000 to £300,000 depending on what you spec.

But would you buy one? Or would you prefer an original beast? Let us know in the comments below.

By Curtis Moldrich

CAR's online editor and racing-sim enthusiast