SEMA 2017: R3 Delivers Ford-Licensed Mustang Bodies

If you are looking to embark on a 1965-1970 Mustang project, and you don’t relish the idea of buying a beat-up car as its foundation, there is a new option available. A group of passionate Mustang enthusiasts started R3 Performance Products, which debuted its new body shells at the SEMA Show.

“This is a concept we came up with for the average person to be able to build their own. The quality of it is incomparable with anything that you will find. It’s better than original with everything we put into it,” Tyler Nelson of R3 Performance Products told us. “As far as the price goes, you can get an old shell for less, but by the time you get into it and find all your surprises, your rust, and tear into it you are already there. This is hassle-free and ready to build.”

R3 Performance Products revealed officially licensed 1965-1970 Mustang bodies at the SEMA Show.

As such, R3 offers three different body shells in three different body styles. Buyers can opt for coupe, convertible or Fastback versions in Classic, Street Mod, or Pro versions, which walk up from a basic shell to one fitted with a full suspension to a body shell equipped with a full race suspension. The suspensions are also designed and sold by R3.

“We designed and built our own suspension. It bolts up right to your factory bolt holes,” Tyler added. “The rear is a cantilever design that allows for 10 inches of travel with no body roll. It is really easy to install. There are only one or two holes to drill. In the front you have 5 inches of travel and it handles great.”

R3 also offers a complete bolt-in suspension for 1965 to 1970 Mustangs. The front supports power steering, coilovers, and pushrod or Coyote engines.

“In the end it will be a good looking car. It’s not going to be original and a guy will come up and be able to tell it’s not original. That’s not what we are going for,” Tyler said. “We are going for an affordable build. If you want a ’67 Fastback, you can do it through us and you know what you are going to get from us.”

The company put nearly five years of research and development into creating these officially Ford-licensed bodies, which are fully assembled in the U.S. R3 says its welding process creates a more rigid structure than an original body and its creations are far more consistent.

In fact, each body is sold with a 36-month structural and fitment warranty, which shows they are committed to quality. Each body is also supplied with a serialized data plate and a Manufacturer’s Certificate of Origin, which makes it easier to register cars built on this platform.

The Classic body shell starts at just over $18,000 and you can learn more about these bodies on the company’s official site right here.

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Steve Turner

Steve Turner brings decades of passion and knowledge in the world of Ford performance, having covered it for over 20 years. From the swan song of the Fox Mustang to the birth of the Coyote, Steve had a front-row seat.
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