The pony express has ridden into East Dundee, IL.
Christopher Ingrassia of Mustang Restorations has created his own version of a high-class limousine. “I’ve always wanted a limo, but couldn’t afford to take one out,” Ingrassia gives as his reason for building the unique 72-inch Mustang stretch.
The 1966, 6-cylinder, 3-speed Mustang was originally found in a Florida junk yard and cost only $50. Ingrassia has been working on the car on and off for the past two-and-a-half years. After cutting the car, he had to reinforce it with inner rockers like the ones on the original Mustang convertibles.
The 22-foot, one-of-a-kind limousine features the sunroof from a 1979 T-Bird, “suicide doors,” and an original Mustang console for the controls. It also has a TV, air conditioning, heating, and a telephone/intercom.
Ingrassia did encounter some problems in stretching his vintage car. Parts proved especially difficult to come by and he wound up having to fabricate certain ones himself. The downward slanting lines of the Mustang also proved troublesome.
Even though Ingrassia made this limousine for his personal use, the majority of Mustang Restorations’ work is for private, custom renovations of Mustangs and Shelbys. At any given time he will have 45 to 50 cars in for restoration.