Iron Fist, Lead Foot: John Coletti and Ford's "Terminator"

Iron Fist, Lead Foot: John Coletti and Ford's "Terminator" by Frank Moriarty

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Format: Hardback, 160 Pages
ISBN: 9780975436066
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A factory supercharged Ford Mustang had long been on the wish list of muscle car fans, but it took the passion of a single man to make it happen: O. John Coletti. And that was one name in the Ford Motor Company phone book guaranteed to stir up differing opinions among the huge auto manufacturer’s upper management.

Maverick or visionary? Tyrant or leader? One thing was certain about the mercurial Coletti: he had an unswerving faith in the value of high performance. And after almost single-handedly rescuing the Ford Mustang from discontinuation via a covert, renegade program, Coletti rode his notoriety into his own throne within Ford.

He would go on to be head of the elite Special Vehicle Team, but in late 2000, Coletti stretched the boundaries of his own legend, abruptly canceling the division’s highly-anticipated 2002 Mustang Cobra while disrupting marketing plans and enraging SVT’s network of dealers.

This is the untold story of how Coletti’s performance mandate led to the creation of a car known as the "Terminator", the 2003-4 Ford SVT Mustang Cobra. How did a major American auto manufacturer secretly create a vehicle that turned the performance world on its ear? Iron Fist, Lead Foot takes readers deep behind the scenes for the answers.

Frank Moriarty has spent decades writing about “things that go fast and make a lot of noise,” covering subjects ranging from the United States space program to motorsports to the world of rock and roll. His many nonfiction books include the award-winning titles Sunday Drivers: NASCAR Winston Cup Stock Car Racing and Supercars: The Story of the Dodge Charger Daytona and Plymouth SuperBird, and he has contributed articles to a variety of national and international publications. A guitarist himself, Frank will next publish a second book about the music of Jimi Hendrix.

A graphic designer by trade, in 1999, Marcie Cipriani became involved in the publication of the SVT Mustang Cobra Recognition Guide 1993-2000. The success of that book led to the publishing of the Fox-Body Mustang Recognition Guide 1979-1993 in 2003. 

Having the good fortune to be able to blend her career with her love of the collector car hobby, Marcie’s goal is to create more publications focused on the amazing vehicles produced by Ford Motor Company, a venture gladly undertaken on behalf of all Ford fans worldwide.

Although born into a family of Dodge and Chevy fans, at an early age, Marcie became a die-hard Ford enthusiast. Since buying a 1984 Mustang while in high school, she has owned over two dozen Fords of all shapes and sizes, 17 of those being Mustangs, including a 1964-1/2 coupe, a 2004 Screaming Yellow SVT Cobra Convertible and a 2014 50th Anniversary Holman & Moody TdF Mustang. 

Format: Hardback, 160 Pages
ISBN: 9780975436066
Illustrations: 260 color photos
Size: 11.5 in x 9.25 in / 292.1 mm x 234.95 mm