Raise the topic of Mustang body kits and Cervini's Auto Designs will inevitably be one of the first manufacturers mentioned in the ensuing conversation. While there are, of course, many others in this body-building marketplace, the sheer diversity and volume of Danny Cervini's fiberglass and urethane components-for everything from early Foxes to the latest in V-6, GT, and Shelby Mustangs-is almost overwhelming. This strikingly prolific approach to body component production means the New Jersey-based company almost certainly has something available in its voluminous catalog that will help visually separate your Mustang from the rest of the herd.
In recent years, Cervini's has also taken to bundling, painting, and installing complete serialized makeover packages under the C-500 moniker. In Cervini-speak, the C-500 designation encompasses not just the clearly aggressive body hardware, but also suspension, brake, and power upgrades that are equally aggressive.
With that introduction, meet the latest in Cervini's C-500 family, this one based on the '11 GT. While much of its dress-up hardware-the sidescoops, fascia, spoiler, and more-will also mount to '10 models, the characteristic C-series side exhausts required some reconfiguration for 2011's new 5.0 and 3.7 powerplants. They are now a full 3 inches in diameter (instead of 2-1/2) and made up of two pieces for easier installation and alignment.
Some of you familiar with Cervini's lineup may be wondering about this coupe's hood, which is one of the firm's latest designs, called the Ram Air Type IV. Available with or without billet-insert extractor vents, this imposing chunk of fiberglass features functional inlet scoops and a finished underside liner. Its optional extractor vents are also functional and come with removable drip pans. Not your cup of tea? Not to worry-Cervini's catalog offers myriad hood choices.
Also new and notable are the coupe's 20-inch Enkei Falcon rims, which are 8.5 inches wide up front and a full 10 inches out back. These are the standard wheels on this latest C-500 package, with five thin spokes that show off the included huge Wilwood brake hardware tucked within.
A full-spec C-500 also carries major suspension upgrades, but this one was thrashed together just in time for Mr. Rosner's photo shoot, and so has nothing more than a set of Ford Racing lowering springs underneath. Cervini's marketing director, Jim Frie, tells us the company's preferred Koni multi-adjustable dampers are temporarily in short supply after the disaster in Japan.
Speaking of Ford Racing, under the C-500's ram-air hood is another form of ram air-FRPP's 2.3-liter, twin-screw, air-to-liquid intercooled Whipple blower, pullied for 9 psi and advertised to boost the otherwise-stock Coyote to 624 hp and 536 lb-ft. This comprehensive kit also boasts 50-state emissions legality and drive-it-everyday civility. We've driven it on other '11 GTs and have no hesitation is opining that Cervini's made a good choice in selecting this thoroughly developed supercharger package for its full-tilt C-500 package.
A full-tilt, factory-built C-500 conversion also brings along those Cervini-stitched bucket seats, a C-500 dash plaque, and a serialization plate identifying the car as having been fully transformed by the company's technicians. Buy your new GT coupe, ship it to Vineland, New Jersey, along with $25,999, and Cervini's will hand it back to you as a documented C-500.
If that pesky budget is a problem, for $12,900 you can order a fully built C-300-basically a C-500 minus the supercharger and brake/suspension up-grades, though it is lowered and includes the 20-inch rolling stock.
Another option? Should you be handy with a paint gun, $3,649 will buy you the complete C-series body kit (no wheels or tires), unfinished. And most, if not all, of the C-500 components can also be had individually for a pay-as-you-go approach.
So no matter how you want to approach it, Cervini's can add a touch of 'glass to your ride.
Engine and Drivetrain
Ford Racing/Whipple twin-screw supercharger (M-6066-MGT624D)
FRPP blower kit supplied hardware
Cervini's 3-in side exhausts
Stock, 3.73 gears
Stock, with Paul's High Performance custom tune
Wilwood 14-in (two-piece rotors)
Enkei Falcon, 20x8.5-in
Nitto NT555, 255/35R-20
Nitto NT555, 275/35R-20 '11 C500
Here’s the man behind the...
Here’s the man behind the brand, Danny Cervini. He started a Mustang-styling empire with the creation of a cowl-induction hood for Fox Mustangs. These days the Cervini’s range extends from hoods to complete cars.
Things are comparatively reserved...
Things are comparatively reserved inside, with the Cervini-lettered seat skins and C-500 badge telling the tale. Full in-house C-500 conversions also receive a serialization plate.
Cervini’s teamed with Ford...
Cervini’s teamed with Ford Racing for a testosterone injection under that twin-snorkel hood. The 9-psi version of FRPP’s Whipple twin-screw brings along about 624 perfectly behaved horsepower.