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SEMA 2012: Johnny Sparks returns with revised “Reversion” Mustang

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Johnny Sparks Reversion Mustang

One of the highlights of last year’s SEMA show was the spectacularly retro “Reversion” Mustang built by Johnny Sparks. The 23-year-old took a standard 2011 Mustang GT and fitted it with hand-fabricated body panels from 1968 and 1969 Mustangs, then finished it off with a coat of matte red paint.

Sparks is back at SEMA again this year with Reversion, although he’s made a few updates to the car since we saw it last. A coat of custom blue paint with gunmetal gray accents has replaced the red hue, which we think gives the car a more finished look, and the body has been revised to include a new lower valence, a new hood and a tucked rear bumper. The 1968 rear 3/4 window has been swapped out for the modern version, which Sparks says fits with the body lines better, and Forgeline wheels and Baer brakes have been added as well.

You can see photos of Jonny Spark’s Reversion in the gallery below.

Photos © 2012 MustangsDaily.com

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  • Twin Turbo says:

    Stunning. I’ve followed Johnny’s work on Reversion from the beginning. Such an amazing talent………and so close to my perfect Mustang, it hurts! :cool:

  • doug kielian says:

    John is a true inspiration to many that love and appreciate hard working dedicated talent. The day that I put John in as an intern at my shop Auto Kraft in Nebraska I knew he was headed in a positive direction, learning quick with no time for mistakes John quickly become a very talented craftsmen and valued employee. Working on, and performing metal surgery on classics from vintage Mustangs, Muscle cars and vintage Ferrari’s, while also helping develop the Roller Hoop rotisserie. Being exposed to this world of restoration, custom car building and collision repair while still attending college for Ag business was quite a busy time for John. He soon gained the title of Johnny Sparks here in the shop for his love of metal work and making sparks! it feels go to see young talent arise to this level knowing that they were wroth the effort and appreciate how they got there.
    Last year unavailing the Reversion for the first time to the SEMA world was a great experience for both John and I.
    After spending 9 months of hard labor to build the car while also traveling 6 hrs back and forth to the family farm for the summer. John would work into the wee hours of the night, cutting fitting, tig welding fabricating etc. falling asleep on the floor beside the car for a few hours just to wake up and work on it for a few hours before hitting the fields on a John Deer for 10 hours!

    When Speedy Bill owner of Speedway Motors seen the project in metal work he to knew this was something special and offered up the challenge for John if he got it done in time he’d put in his Afco/Dynatech booth at SEMA 2011 and through in a set of headers as well. A little help from Dan my painter and I and a few of our recent trainees at the shop the car was Red and ready to go!

    John didn’t make the drive out with the car in the trailer as we carefully made the two day trip to Vegas because he had a couple hundred acres of crops to harvest yet in the combine. I picked him up at the airport and soon he was on the floor of the SEMA show with his creation the Reversion Mustang for the whole world to see! It was a proud moment in my life as well as his. This year John knocked it out of the park once again by spending more dedicated time and effort to bring you the Revised edition in shiny Blue, I could not make the show this year due to time restraints at the shop, and spending time on a memorial service of another legendary Mustanger (racer)Paul Brown who passed a way Oct 13th and also was an admire of Johnny Sparks and his creation I just wish Paul could have been at SEAM to be with us one more time. Many thanks to all other supporters and sponsors of this truly remarkable build, Baer brakes, Bassani, JLT, SCT,APR, Late-model Mustang, California car cover, Auto Kraft body and paint, Speedway Motors, Toyo tires.
    Doug Kielian

  • Twin Turbo says:

    Thanks for the additional information, Doug :)

  • doug kielian says:

    Yes there is much more to the story here once you study the build of it and realize this was done by a 22 years old farm kid with a work ethic like no other I have ever seen! Few young people today truly inspire me but Johnny Sparks makes up for it! You should see the 58 Edsel he is restoring the body at the shop he is now working at in Colorado. The word of automotive restoration, customs, eed more just like him that is why I continue to train other young guys at my shop john is now a high water mark for all od us to hit!

    Glad you like his work!

  • charliecroker says:

    Best ford mustang i have ever seen – this is a master piece, ford designers walk with your tails between your legs as the tiger is the king of the fight.

  • Ace says:

    Just saw the 2012 SEMA show on SPEED. Best looking Mustang that I’ve seen too! Get this story to the car magazines. He needs more exposure. Maybe he should offer conversion kits.

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