Cigar, Cigarette .... Cigar, Cigarette.... For Lawrence "Kiwi" Bryant and AutoCraft Pros out of Camarillo, CA it is cigar all the way; Cigar Aficionado to be exact. SEMA Super Star numero 9, this 1965 Mustang dubbed Cigar Aficionado is hands down one of the finest Mustang drop tops I've ever seen, clearly deserving of a spot on our Super Star List.
This beauty debuted at SEMA but pulled double duty and was a star attraction a couple weeks later at The Big Smoke, Cigar Aficionado Mag's premier event. This build was sponsored by the magazine and Kiwi and his posse took the theme to the extreme. While the gang at AutoCraft stayed true to the '65's original body everything else and I mean everything else is and I quote "custom built and trick". Oh but friends please don't take my word for it, let's let the facts speak for themselves. With a Ford Racing Boss 302 crate motor topped with a custom Magnuson TVS 1900 supercharger, this connoisseur won't have any problem moving out. The hand built headers and exhaust system have been described as a "thing of tig welded beauty". According to Kiwi the goal was to "create a show car but one that performs like a real car." The Heidts Mustang II coilover suspension, Art Morrison 9 inch rear end and 4 link set up and the 13 inch, six piston Wildwood brakes (four on the rear) this Mustang will perform all the way to Havana and back! This baby will be smoking stogies and rubber.
Now, I've never enjoyed a Montecristo, Cohiba or any cigar for that matter but I hear smoking a good one is an experience for all 5 senses. Kinda like this great hot rod you get 4 out of the 5 covered immediately without a doubt as for taste there's a humidor in the center console - all 5 covered a true feast for the senses!
Who doesn't love a little something extra. Now how's this for double your pleasure; AutoCraft had 2 incredible rides at SEMA this year, their insane '65 Mustang and one spot over was this beautiful '71 Bronco. Incredible resto and paint - check, 4 1/2 inch lift and beefed up suspension - check, Italian leather seats and custom wood floor in the bed - check, thermal night vision - oh ya, check! It's clear "Kiwi" and the gang at AutoCraft have more than one trick up their sleeves! This Bronco was too awesome not to share and I just had to give mad props to for their double duty.
Hit up AutoCraft Pros and your dream, whatever form it takes, will be in the very capable hands. If they can put a humidor on a center console of a '65 Mustang, who knows what they can do!
We're gearing up for our season to start, sooner than later friends.
Til the next time - Keep on Kruzin!