What could be better than daily driving a classic car? Climbing in behind that perfectly thin steering wheel, hearing the carbureted engine rumble to life, then peering down over a long hood and taking the back roads to work would be more than enough to take the monotony out of the daily commute. Unfortunately, it’s never really that simple with an old car. Even if it’s in great shape, a classic car can be unpredictable, thirsty, and a handful to drive. Anything can go wrong with decades-old technology, and more often than not, something does. Luckily, a small but growing group of automakers around the world the are taking some of the most iconic cars ever built and resurrecting them as thoroughly modern machines built for today’s roads.
At this year’s Amelia Island Concours D’Elegance, a Florida-based startup called Revology made headlines when it introduced its first car: a 1966 Ford Mustang. This was no careful tribute or well-done restoration, but a completely new car with a modern powertrain, technology, and safety features hidden beneath an interior and sheet metal that made it almost indistinguishable from a 50-year-old car. And that’s what makes these reimagined classics so appealing; they have the benefit of hindsight. With modern engineering, they offer everything you’d want from a classic, and nothing you don’t. The bad brakes, clogged carburetors, mysterious leaks, electrical gremlins, and negotiating with the quirks of a half-century old machine disappear, and what you get instead is the Hollywood version of a classic car: all the show, all the go, and none of the headaches.
This new batch of modern classics are a far cry from the 1970s-era revival cars like the Excalibur SS and the Stutz Blackhawk, which offered woeful reinterpretations of pre-war classics and aged terribly. These new classics are blue-chip performance cars built by experts with a fanatic attention to detail. Revology was founded by Tom Scarpello, the former head of Ford’s Special Vehicles Team, and the company’s hand-built Mustangs have tacit approval from the Blue Oval. Starting with a Ford-licensed body built built by Dynacorn, the Revology Mustang borrows a 302 Windsor V8 from a 2000s-era Mustang, and shares its suspension with the fifth-generation 2005-2014 cars. Revology’s car uses so many genuine Ford parts that it can be serviced at any Ford dealership, and it also comes with a one-year factory warranty from Revology – Making it the first 1966 Mustang with a factory warranty since, well, 1966.