If you thought that the stock Mustang parked at your neighbourhood dealership was monstrous, then here’s one that’s going to blow it out of the park! This here is a 1973 Ford Mustang Trans-Am car, and it’s as raw, visceral and barbarically brutal as a thoroughbred American racing car should be.
Now more commonly known as Trans-Am, Trans-American Sedan Championship cars was a racing series that served as the sports car club of America’s first attempt at a manufacturer’s championship formula for modified sedan’s and coupes. This series has run on a wide array of different courses, including streets, airports and race tracks. Things changed in 1973, and the cars became more serious. In 1980, another change hit, and the cars became what was knows as “silhouette series” – nothing more than tube-frame cars that somewhat resembled the originals.
This 1973 Ford Mustang was built to race in the Trans-Am series with a heavy duty frame developed by the Le Mans winning Ford GT40 veterans Kar Kraft, while the engine was modified by Jack Roush to proper racing specification. From a historic perspective, this 1973 Ford Mustang Trans-Am is quite significant, as it’s one of the very last chassis designed by Kar Kraft prior to their contract expiring with Ford. This particular example goes on sale at the RM Sotheby’s Auburn Spring sale.