11-11-08: We see a lot modern interpretations of the classic Mustang these days. At SEMA there are many as it is a show where each car you see is meant to showcase the parts and equipment that today’s manufacturer’s want to sell you. The artists and creators of the realm get free reign and a lot of free parts to build the eye candy that makes the show special.
The 1967 Equus-CDC Mustang is a vintage pony that really stood out. From a distance it looks like just another resto-mod Mustang, but once a long stare at this custom creation sinks in there are myriad details. The Equus is a collaboration between famed auto designer Tom Tjaarda and Classic Design Concepts. It was designed in Italy, developed and engineered in the USA by CDC.
Tom Tjaarda has a long history as an architect and an auto designer who had worked for famous design houses like Ghia and Pininfarina. He is the designer of the de Tomaso Pantera, which actually seems to be reflected on some of the character of the Equus.
The show car features custom touches that are exhibited in the details like the inset rear tail panel and side scoops. The hood pays tribute to the Shelby raise nostrils but with its own flair. Integrated bumpers and guards have a decidedly European look to them while the billet grill takes on a more custom rod theme. The interior is also updated with modern touches like leather trims and anodized orange accents.
Under the hood is a Eaton TVS supercharged 5.4 liter engine with bright orange valve covers. The engine compartment has been tastefully done with impeccable attention to detail. There is an interesting balance of stock OEM hardware and custom fabrication that all seems to mesh quite well. Underneath the Equus you will find several modern-day suspension and chassis upgrades as well.
There is no word yet on availability of the Equus-CDC Mustang but the scant literature distributed at the SEMA show tells that the car is meant for the specialty car market.