Kelly or Carter
690 South Main Street
Layton, UT 84041
Vehicle History Report
1965 Ford Mustang Fastback custom build for actor/racer Patrick Dempsey. Built performed by Panoz Custom Sports Cars using a 2004 SN95 Mustang Cobra SVT as the donor car. The Dempsey Mustang, however, is more than just an engine swap. It was a $300K, 2½-year project requiring 3900 hours of labor for engineering, CAD, custom molds, fabrication, assembly, and finishing touches by folks who build Le Mans endurance racers.
The Cobra SVT engine is a supercharged, 32-valve, 4.6-liter V-8 that has a cold air intake and cut-out exhaust system and Panoz tuning, boosting power to 420 horses and torque to 420 lb-ft. Also sourced from a SVT Cobra is the T56 Tremec six-speed manual transmission. To help shift those gears, a late-model SN95 pedal cluster has been installed. The custom side-exiting stainless steel cat-back exhaust system uses variable tune Magnaflow mufflers.
The front end rides on Panoz's version of the SN95 Mustang front suspension, featuring adjustable double wishbones and coil-over shocks. The suspension mounts to a custom inner front clip that has been fabricated from the S197 firewall forward and ties to tube reinforced rocker panels and a modified S197 2005–14 Mustang floor pan. The structure has been designed to provide both better stiffness for improved handling and a crush zone for passenger safety. In addition to the custom front inner clip, the body features hybrid unibody and spaceframe construction, a fabricated torque box, a reinforced toe box, front and rear crumple zones, as well as side impact protection.
The black exterior is matched with a black leather interior installed by Equus Automotive, performed after the company purchased the car from Dempsey. Headrests and the leather-wrapped steering wheel have Equus' unicorn logo.
The Mustang has been driven just 8400 miles since the build. The leather still smells new and the A/C blows cold. It's essentially a new car, and man does it look fantastic.