Larry Ashley's Custom 1968 Ford Mustang GT Features K&N Air Filters at SEMA 2012

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This K&N XStream air filter assembly fits perfectly under the hood of this 1968 Ford Mustang displayed at SEMA 2012
This K&N XStream air filter assembly fits perfectly under the hood of this 1968 Ford Mustang displayed at SEMA 2012
The annual SEMA Show in Las Vegas is the hot rodding equivalent to blending the NFL Super Bowl, the Motion Picture Academy Awards, and The World's Fair. Hosted by the Specialty Equipment Manufacturers Association, the SEMA Show is the industry's largest trade show; and besides showcasing all the greatest and newest go-fast goodies, it is also a Valhalla for car customizers. Only the very best, the most unique or the wildest of one-offs are on display.
The interior was the focus on this 1968 Ford Mustang GT SEMA show vehicle
The interior was the focus on this 1968 Ford Mustang GT SEMA show vehicle


Walking the halls of the SEMA Show is a custom car lover's dream; acres of blindingly polished, electrifyingly hued machines lined up for all to see and drool over; showing off the very best in performance equipment. That was precisely why K&N air filters were featured on Larry Ashley's stunning 1968 Ford Mustang GT-CS "resto-mod." Larry is the Marketing Director for TMI Products, an aftermarket supplier for vintage Ford, Chevrolet and Volkswagen interior components, so he's got first-hand knowledge of what it takes to build - or rebuild - a classic into something special.

This 1968 Ford Mustang mixes new and old styling for a nicely blended SEMA show car
This 1968 Ford Mustang mixes new and old styling for a nicely blended SEMA show car
A twenty-year veteran of the SEMA show, Larry admitted to a battery of late nights and last minute builds required to get a car ready - and worthy - of the prestige of showing at SEMA. And his efforts have not gone unnoticed. "I have won the Ford Design Award 2002, GM Design Award 2003 and Hyundai Award 2003. My specialty is always coming up with something unique, something new."

The SEMA Show 2012 displays some amazing vehicles like this 1968 Ford Mustang GT-CS
The SEMA Show 2012 displays some amazing vehicles like this 1968 Ford Mustang GT-CS
This time around, Larry stuck with the classics; a vintage GT-CS ("California Special") '68 Mustang notchback. The whole of the custom 'Stang's appearance came from the inside out. "I was playing off of the idea of introducing a Resto Mod interior line that we are debuting at SEMA," Larry explained. The interior has been redone in a 'resto mod' feel. The best part is that anyone can buy these parts for their own ride."

2012 SEMA attendees had nothing but great things to say about Larry Ashley's 1968 Ford Mustang
2012 SEMA attendees had nothing but great things to say about Larry Ashley's 1968 Ford Mustang
When it came to getting the custom-built small block Ford mill to breathe easier, the answer was simple. "I chose K&N Filters' XStream Air flow top. I first used K&N Filters in 1987 when I installed a replacement filter on my '87 Acura Integra that I purchased from Jackson racing. I chose them because they were the leaders in filtration then and still are today."

Air filtration is critical even for a 2012 SEMA show vehicle like this 1968 Ford Mustang GT-CS
Air filtration is critical even for a 2012 SEMA show vehicle like this 1968 Ford Mustang GT-CS
Other similar SEMA show vehciles can be found in these related articles:
1967 GT Motorsports Mustang
1969 RTR-X Mustang

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