1982 Mustang GT (DSO GT Enduro) 2nd owner

Price: US $12,500.00 Item location: Persia, Iowa, United States
  • Make: Ford
  • Model: Mustang
  • SubModel: GT
  • Type: Fastback
  • Trim: GT ENDURO
  • Year: 1982
  • Mileage: 10,000
  • VIN: 1FABP16F6CF181473
  • Color: Red
  • Engine size: 5.0L
  • Power options: Air Conditioning, Power Windows
  • Fuel: Gasoline
  • Transmission: 4 SPD.
  • Drive type: REAR WHEEL
  • Interior color: RED
  • Vehicle Title: Clear
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Description:

1982 Ford Mustang GT

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12/4/04: Took the car to the 100th anniversary event 6/03. There I met Mike Archer who was contracted by Ford. He was transport and help promo the M81 project and working with Gary Kohs who was project leader in building the cars designed by Ford. I learned a lot from these two. They made thirteen cars (1981).. There were 10-M81's as most everyone knows 7-Orange/silver (know of three) one each; black (Italy) blue (unknown) and white (states). DSO (dealers special order ) unknown how many were sold at this time. Three 82 GT Enduro's (One Blue & two Red) The two Red one's were used by Firestone as Promo's for the HPR tires during 82 race season. Suppose to be a couple of 83's? Unknown where they are.

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Since Ford was dissatisfied with the results of the M81 and was introducing the GT again with V8 power. They transferred the project to the GT Enduro (Gary Kohs). Also Firestone still wanted to promo their HPR tires in the Endurance Series Races. (IMSA)

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1/06/05: Made contact with the father of the young man that was the second owner. They lived in Walnut Creek California and his son had gotten the car from a Mr. Cook who the general manager of Fremont Ford in 1983. Mr. Cook apparently had the car from new until he sold it to the son in 1983. The son kept the car until his death (think around 2000). The car was auctioned and it ended up in New Mexico with a third owner who repainted it and modified the interior. The drive train was pretty close to original except for the Weber's and 5 speed. I bought it off EBay for $8500.00. Picked it up in El Paso thru a broker.

It now has the correct drive train Engine built by WAM (Willard Automotive Machine) He built all my race engines for my A Sedan. A very new 4speed. The original Stage three Stewart Warner not VDO as some think. They may have been used in the 83’s. Have better than $15000.00 in the car now.

Gary Kohs has verified (thinks) that this is one of the Firestone cars. The bill date is April of 1982 (San Jose Plant). It was original darker red on top and black along the bottom with the Firestone Car outlined in Red on the doors. I have left it red and used a decal “MUSTANG GT ENDURO” with the FORD emblem on the fender ( shown in photo’s above). I copied the blue one which is probably the only one with this style Also it’s the only original one that I know of. The other red one maybe in the New York Area. 9-30-07; Also was told that Gary had bought the McLaren Machine shop in Detroit to use the name on the M81’s. They had nothing to do with the cars.

There are a few DSO around with the M81 body kits sold thru dealerships. At present only four are known. One in Canada one in Wisconsin one in Pittsburg area (originally sold in Nebraska) and know of one that was parted out in Ohio.

There were version with the M81 body style that used different style hoods. The blue one original had one of this hoods. Now has the M81 style due to an accident. The 1983’s also used a different style hood. The wings on the rear were made of metal and a lot different from the one on the Red one above more like the blue one. Make me wonder!

I’m still looking for more info on these cars. I go to various car shows around the country. Normally I’m in the vendor’s area with the car. Have met a lot people involved with the project in some way are another. There are a few that had bad feeling regarding the project due to it’s cancellation and Ford’s handling of the project. Met a gentleman that was in the same Automotive Design School and with Todd Gerstenberger (one of the basic designers of the M81) in California.

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While at the Nashville National 40th Mustang Event I found that the wing was custom made by some one it was not Saleen (had them look) nor anyone around at that time. Mike Archer said he doesn’t remember this style of wing on the car went he was showing it. Also he had the drive train taken out to make it easier push in and out of the truck. They put weighs in the front and soften the front springs.

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Sept. 27th 2007: Update just heard from another owner M81 (Orange/Silver) build no. 005 located in California. He has a spared hood unknown if was made as a spare or from an original car that was junked out. Have had a change to talk to Todd Gerstenberg and Harry Wykes. Only new info is that the first prototype of the design was built by a metal man named Jim Smith (Dave Kent according to Gary) in California from sheet metal. They have moved on with their lives and have little if any documents regarding the cars. Gary Kohs took over the project as the builders and some design changes.

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Jan. 21st 2008: Update just heard from another owner of not one but four of the cars which includes the cars that raced Daytona and Sebring. The two race tubular chassis M-81’s (not sure if these were included in the original ten car production list) to be varied. These are the ones used by Morton/Klausler for Firestone Racing program in IMSA WC 1981 season. The other is number ten(10) M-81 and it’s Orange. The most important to me is the metal car which was the mule car built by Jim Smith in L.A. as the mule car for the fiberglass molds. Which are there also. It’s an understatement to say these represent valuable history of the M-81 & GT Enduro history. Will try to visit the cars in order to preserve the cars history and avoid any misrepresentation of these cars. FORD and Firestone could care less about them from what I have gotten with their response for information and interest.

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NOTICE : M 81 & GT Enduro Owners Need to centrally located all serial (vin) numbers and assembly number to verify and document the cars as being the original cars. There are some replica’s or body parts of the original cars being or were fitted on regular Mustangs. Most of these owners have been honest with me about their cars. DSO will have value if we can document them and/or which dealer handle the sale.. The idea of getting the numbers now is to keep track of the cars as best we can as they transfer to differ owners. None of this info will be given out without the okay of the present owner. Some day some one will have to take over for me on this project. SAAC has done the same for the Shelby’s. We have as value a cars related to production quantity and their sponsorship by FORD FIRESTONE MOTORCRAFT & STEWART-WARNER.

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2/22/08 Just talked to Gary. Correction is in order; the guys name that made the metal car was a Ron Fournier Need to find him.

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2/22/08 Just heard from one of the Red GT Enduro original owners. Hope to get more info. He does not have the car now. But has a good memory of the car and how it was built.

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11/1/10 Please contact myself for registration of the M81’s and GT Enduro’s. Steve has to take a break and I will be handling the info for awhile. If someone is interested in the cars and would like to take over the registration and history of these cars please contact me..

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10/02/2013 By deductive reasoning to my great disappointment it appears that the Red 1982 which I own is a DSO built in Fremont California in 1982 thru Fremont Ford for a Mr. Cook VP Sales at the time