) -- For the car enthusiast who needs more than just an eight-ball shifter, how about a pool table made from a replica 1965
Such an item is selling for $14,995 at Mustang Entertainment Inc.
The standard 4-foot by 8-foot slate game top is made from a solid fiberglass body that was molded from an actual '65 Mustang. Finished with high-quality paint and clear-coat, it can be special-ordered in nearly any color, though one might suspect the classic Poppy Red of the original car may prove the most popular choice. Although the length of the car shell is shortened to fit the table pool, it's retained the front and rear in the original size with working lights, bumpers, chrome decals, hardware and alloy rims and tires.
Mustang Entertainment Inc. makes a pool table from a mold of a classic Ford Mustang.
"In the classic car world, there is all sorts of furniture made out of
collectibles," says Mustang Entertainment Vice President Tony Utegaard, a veteran of the hotel-renovation industry. "There really hasn't been anything done with pool tables, so we developed the idea."
For the past year, Utegaard and his team worked out the logistics of building their dream table and began the process to secure official Ford licensing.
"We had to have that little blue oval," he says.
Ford did its best to garner the pool table national exposure. One of the pool tables will soon take its place in a recreation room at corporate headquarters in Dearborn, Mich. It's a good guess that Chief Executive Officer Alan Mulally will make a guest appearance.
The pool table, released less than two months ago, is generating buzz at auto shows, on Mustang-centric Web sites and in print publications such as the
. About 14 tables have been sold.
The first table was crafted from an actual vintage Mustang modified to accommodate a felt playing area made by a fifth-generation pool table company near Utegaard's base of operations in Safety Harbor, Fla.
"It was pretty close to the right size for a pool table, and it is one of the most common and recognizable American classic cars," Utegaard says, explaining that once the prototype was perfected, a mold was made. "We don't kill a perfectly good car every time we want to do a pool table."
-- Reported by Joe Mont in Boston.