The combination of carbon fiber, nubuck leather, and chrome looks fantastic in the iconic coupe.

The ‘60s Ford Mustang is an icon of American motoring thanks in part to a beautiful design and ample power. However, they weren’t luxury vehicles, so while nice, the interior wasn’t exactly opulent. For a new project, Carlex Design Europe has risen to the challenge of keeping the ‘Stang’s classic exterior but making the inside thoroughly modern.

The firm’s work on this 1967 Ford Mustang Fastback keeps the best parts like the original gauge layout and three-spoke steering wheel, but major updates abound elsewhere. Carlex uses carbon fiber for most of the trim, including large pieces of the lightweight material across the dashboard and down the center tunnel. Black nubuck leather replaces the original upholstery and headliner, and its slightly distressed finish gives the sense of age to the classic Ford. To keep the interior from being too dark, the company installs a combination of silver and chrome fittings.

Carlex’s work looks fantastic, but there’s one element that lets their updates down. The extra gauges on the A-pillar just don’t fit with the Mustang’s classic look. The rest of the firm’s design perfectly mixes classic and modern touches, but these instruments remind us too much of tuner cars from the ‘90s. They just don’t match with the rest of this coupe’s high-end style.

Source: Carlex Design Europe

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