SEMA 2013: Larry Gareffa’s Home-Built Electric 1965 Ford Mustang Fastback

We get a closer look to the 1965 Mustang Fastback which was displayed at the SEMA Show. We were stunned we checked what`s under the hood.

Its owner, Larry Gareffa, has transformed the ’65 Fastback to electric power. Relax, he did not throw a perfectly good V8, an engine even had not existed for a while.

2005 Ford Mustang

Gareffa is the president of the Mustang and Classic Ford Club in Las Vegas. He wanted to install a 347 stroker engine with a Tremc T5 transmssion in the Mustang. After a period, he had an amazing idea. He decided to transform it in electric power.

“I was two weeks from getting it on the road, and I came out of the house one day and said ‘I need to convert this car to electric,’” he said. “I don’t even know where that came from.”


A dozen 12-volt batteries stocked into the trunk power the Mustang. The batteries send power trough a wound traction motor aimed for hoisting elevators. Gareffa bought a brand new element on eBay.

The engine is wired to 3-speed manual transmission. “Everything [in the driveline] is original from the transmission back,” he told us. “All I did was couple the motor to the transmission.”


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