"The aluminum tail panel was a big production from a machinist's standpoint. It's solid billet, designed to replicate the '67 optional deluxe ribbed tail panel." Retrobuilt also re-created the classic look of three separate taillights and rewired them to work in unison, similar to a '67 or '68 Mustang.
Likewise, the company modified the frontend with a set of '67 headlight buckets grafted together with a newly fabricated grille surround. The lower bumper cover is also a new fabrication made to give an Eleanor look. The S197 is about 8 inches longer than a '67 model, so none of Retrobuilt's newly fabricated parts will fit a stock car. The hood is another new piece. Retrobuilt used three hoods to make the prototype on this concept. It's between 6 and 7 inches longer than stock.
Obviously these guys are serious, and for fans of this old-meets-new approach, Retrobuilt has some big plans. The company is working on other variations of the theme, including convertible, Bullitt-style, Shelby-style, Mach-style, Boss-style, and even Boss '69-style versions, with the latter promising 700 hp. Whether or not these cars are your cup of tea, one thing's for sure: Retrobuilt Mustangs attract attention, and they might just set the hearts of Mustang Melvins aflutter.