Motors & Me: Ed Dunne and his 1967 Ford GT500 (VIDEO)

Ed Dunne shows us around his 1967 Ford GT500 custom build

Motors & Me: Ed Dunne and his 1967 Ford GT500 (VIDEO)

What are you currently driving?

It kind of depends on the day. I have a collection of vintage / retro stuff and I try to drive them all. I believe that cars need to be driven and not wrapped up, no matter how rare. My latest car is a 1967 Ford GT500 custom build.

Love at first sight, or just a means to get from A to B?

Definitely love at first sight. I have always loved the shape and feel of Mustangs and this is my third to date. I was besotted with them long before seeing the legendary Eleanor in the film Gone in 60 seconds. There’s something so raw about them. It’s just you, wheels, an engine and the road.

What’s under the bonnet?

A 428 big block Ford, generating about 450bhp. It has an Edelbrock performer aluminium intake, a 750cfm 4bbl Holley Carb and duel side exhausts. It has a five-speed manual transmission with performance clutch and brakes that are big enough to stop it (not like my first Mustang).

Petrol head or Sunday driver?

My nickname is Petrol Ed. I think that says it all really.

What was your first car?

My first foray into classic cars was about 10 years ago with a cherry red 1967 4-speed Coupe Mustang. I bought it with the proceeds of the SSIA savings scheme years ago as I felt vintage cars were becoming good investments. I reluctantly sold it a few years later as I didn’t have indoor storage at the time and didn’t have much time to drive it with a young family. I got more than my original investment back and had no real intention of buying another car for a while. However, that position lasted about two months before another Mustang was on the way from the US, this time a supercharged 4-speed Fastback.

What else do/ did you own?

I’ve become obsessed with classic cars / vintage retro over the past 10 years.

I’ve built up a collection of cars including:

*1966 Ford GT40 Le Mans race car clone with a Ford 302.

*1965 Supercharged Fastback Mustang, 289, 4-speed manual.

*1974 Ford Gran Torino (Starksy and Hutch car) – I’m working on installing a siren as we speak.

*A Mini Cooper Mark II 1967 Split screen Volkswagen Bus

I’m currently working on a late 70s Bay window Volkswagen van (previously a German ice- cream van). Not sure what it will be yet, it’s a blank canvas.

Dream drive in dream location?

I’d love to do the Alps in a Mustang GT40, or an Aston. A friend and I have planned a road trip in July from Dublin to Valencia Spain in his 1980’s Opel Manta. We plan to take the scenic route. Can’t wait.

Passenger you’d most like on a long journey?

My lovely wife, we’re great friends. We did the Cannonball last year in a Mustang and had great craic.

Passenger you’d least like?

Someone who won’t shut up. I like the quiet.

What’s on your playlist?

I mostly drive with the radio off as I like to think when driving. If I had something on it would be a mixture of Johnny Cash, 1980s or Irish trad.

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