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22 June 2017

Someone built a Hemi 4x4 Mustang convertible, but it's not as cool as it sounds

By James LisleJames Lisle
"Anita, darling!"

It sounds great in theory - a topless 2017 Mustang converted into a rough-and-ready off road monster for the Middle-Eastern dunes. A bellowing V8 powered Tonka Toy with more matter than mind. It sounds awesome, right? Not until someone actually builds it.

Partly because it's not a Ford Mustang, not really, but a 2015 Dodge Ram pickup truck. Stripped to its bare components (6.4 HEMI V8 included) and mated to a 'sporty' convertible body, the Ford/Ram combination was later finished off with extensive amounts of 1920s-style bling, and a side-mounted spare wheel, for 'cohesion'.

With big whitewall tyres and a cockpit nestled way behind the front axle, the project looks more like a car that was inspired by Cruella De Vil's neo-classic Panther than anything else.

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  • (Image credit: Hussain Al Bagali) (Image credit: Hussain Al Bagali)
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  • (Image credit: Hussain Al Bagali) (Image credit: Hussain Al Bagali)

Commissioned by automotive designer, Hussain Albagli, for Sheikh Hamad bin Hamdan al Nahyan (aka: "The Rainbow Sheikh"), the project took over seven months to complete after the conceptual designs were allegedly met with rave reviews.

Not that this is the first time Sheikh Hamad bin Hamdan al Nahyan has ordered a build, with his custom car collection including a Dodge Power Wagon replica that's eight times its original size, a fleet of rainbow-coloured Mercedes-Benz W126s, and a Mercedes-Benz W116 that has been converted into a monster truck. As well as all of the usual untouched classic car stuff that people collect.

Even Jeremy Clarkson has had a gander at Sheikh Hamad bin Hamdan al Nahyan's car collection as part of his Motorworld series.

Either way, love it or hate it, the Ram Mustang is sure to turn heads, and in a car crazy place such as the Middle East, that's a pretty difficult thing to do.

For more information on the car's build, check out the first part of Albagali's build video:

MORE: Click here to check out Hussain Albagali's website.

EXTRA: Click here to check out the original source by Car Scoops.

What do you think of the 4x4 Mustang build? Is it a work of art or just plain ugly? Tell us what you think in the comments below.