2008 Ford Mustang Saleen Dan Gurney H281SC Signature Edition

I'm probably the biggest, dorkiest Gurney fanboy in the office, but even I don't care much for the graphics on the outside of this thing. Love the way it drives, love the suspension, can't stand to look at it. Such is life. Perhaps, when I am rich and famous, I can commission a Dan Gurney Mustang that is both visually subtle, historically referential, and just as nice to drive as this one. The steering is decent for a Mustang, the tuning of the dampers and the antiroll-bars is spot-on, and the engine is nice with plenty of midrange, just like a good street 'Stang should be.

Still, I can't help thinking that a little bit of tweaking might make for a better car. The exhaust note is both a bit loud and a bit boomy (Roush actually does the whang-crackle-thump small-block Ford noise a little better, and without the highway boom), and the shift linkage is a bit too notchy for my tastes (again, Roush's cue-ball, Hurst-copy lever appeals to me more here, with its lighter effort and equally short throws).

Dan, if you're reading this, forgive me for not absolutely, no-question loving your car. Long live the Gurney Eagles! Long live the spirit of '67!

Sam Smith, Associate Editor

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