1969 Ford Mustang Convertible
Laguna Seca Track Car
Every race car has a story to tell…
In 1997, well known and respected North California road racer, Luc Noel, commissioned a “new” build race car to compete in the SCCA Trans AM series there. His unique choice for the project, a white 1969 Mustang convertible which he had purchased new, and had been his daily driver for many years.
Enter the builder, Elliot Franklin, both friend and fellow Ford devotee. His performance shop, Mustang Corral, is in Grass Valley CA. Elliot's skills for developing powerful, agile, bulletproof and beautiful Mustangs are now recounted nationwide. Obviously bitten by the same bug as Luc, Elliot built his own '66 Mustang coupe alongside the '69, and the duo would go on to test and race them together for 7 years. They became regulars at Laguna Seca, Sears Point, Thunderhill, and ButtonWillow in Trans AM, Vintage, and ARC events.
Elliot recently shared a particular and excite event by phone (some paraphrasing for context) ….
Luc and I arrived at Laguna Seca for a scheduled open track day to further dial in the cars. We were stopped at the gate and told that the track was rented for the day by the California Porsche and BMW racing clubs. Less than happy with that news, we were then kindly invited by the clubs to run with them, and firmly implied we stay out of their way.
Well, for the full day, those 2 old Mustangs piled up continuous emphatic passes, as well some bruised “German” egos, yet all in good sport. One by one, they would casually approach our cars in the pits, then quickly drop to see our “trick race chassis”. All got up quickly, comically scratching their heads at the stock Ford frames. We left with new friends, but ones never wanting to see our backsides again.
A vintage SCCA racing competitor also made note of Luc's '69 convertible ….
Luc used to own this car, and I had the distinct displeasure of having my doors blown off at Laguna Seca in one of the SCCA vintage races ;-) and I am not slow around that track! The car handles amazing and it is a rocket.
Back to the build. It is told the Mustang Corral transformation was done at a cost of nearly $100k, and a big chunk of that in her heart. A select small block Ford, was opened to 420ci, combined with NASCAR intake and carburation, to flex 625hp with 500# torque. Has all required SCCA Saftey equipment. SCCA ready (SCCA Log Book back to 1997) Has a great Vintage / Euro look to it. This car is not just an "open-track" car-This car ran 1:40's at Laguna Seca (old track) and 1:50 at Sears point!
Build Total over $100k
Non-Original 420ci Small Block Ford V8
Holley 830cfm Carb
625 hp Reported Output
Jerico Top-Loader 4-Speed Manual
Tilton Engineering 3-Plate Clutch
Truetrac Posi Rear-End
4-Wheel Disc Brakes, Wilwood Calipers
Roll Cage, Fuel Cell, Halon Tire Suppression
17" Wheels, Hoosier Racing Tires
Full Gauge Package, Race Timing System
SCCA Log Book
Check our website for all photos and video. Car comes with a clean Michigan title. Thank you for looking.