Pony Love

Pony Love

Abdulla Yousif Alhamed’s 1967 Mustang fastback

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The introduction of the first-generation Ford Mustang created a new class of automobile known as the pony car. The Mustang’s styling with its long hood and short deck, proved wildly popular and inspired a host of competitors. It was initially introduced as a hardtop and convertible with the fastback version put on sale in August 1964. At the time of its introduction, the Mustang, sharing its underpinnings with the Falcon, was slotted into a compact car segment. With each revision, the Mustang saw an increase in overall dimensions and in engine power.

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The 1967 model year Mustang was the first redesign of the original model. Ford’s designers began drawing up a larger version even as the original was achieving sales success. The major mechanical feature was to allow the installation of a big-block V8 engine. The overall size, interior and cargo space were increased. Abdulla Al Hammed practically inherited this car from a close family friend in the US, who’s father passed away and wanted no one else to own the car but him. That was back in 2009 when Abdulla was working for the Bahrain Embassy in Washington DC. Since then he has had the car shipped back here to Bahrain, and has made a few improvements to the 1967 model to help it fit into its surroundings. Visually not much has changed on the exterior, only the wheels,while under the hood Abdulla has changed the radiator and the thermostat to suit the harsh Bahraini weather conditions still using all original parts. He also upgraded the steering from manual to electronic and tightened the brakes just to help ease the drive.

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Abdulla tells us that this has been one of his two dream cars and so he would never sell it on, he has been offered crazy money for it but he told me that the only other car he would ever want is a 1969 Camaro RS. Abdulla is currently working on a 1970 Camaro RS, which he has just finished changing the paint work for before moving onto the interiors. He also tells us that he has imported over 10 classic cars into Bahrain and sold them on, he and his friends started off as a drag team and then decided to open their own garage, which makes the adjustments to the classic cars easier. With the added pleasure of knowing this is the only 1967 Mustang Fastback in the whole of Bahrain, Abdulla cant help but feel anything other then pride when people stop and ask him for photographs with this beauty, and to be honest we can’t blame him!!!

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