Nine times out of ten, car furniture will ruin a room.
Not this time. This slate pool table fashioned like a flattened Ford Mustang has me wishing I had a basement. Is it overwrought? Too tacky? Maybe so. But like the fishnet leg lamp from "A Christmas Story," it's just perfect. That's why it's officially licensed by Ford.
At the New England International Auto Show, you can walk over to the Ford stand and play a round on this 1965 replica, which comes equipped with original wheels, working lights and the full assortment of factory chrome trim pieces. It's the actual width and height of the genuine car, almost as if a real Mustang was packed in the dry cycle and squished and chopped by hand.
Thankfully, Florida-based Car Pool Tables, Inc. doesn't destroy any originals. The company makes its own body molds, matches the factory paint, and builds the whole thing in America. For Shelby lovers, there's also a GT350 in white with blue stripes.
Wise collectors will note the $10,000 price is just a few grand shy of buying a reproduction steel body from Ford that they could then turn into a real 1965 Mustang. That's a lot of work, though. I'd rather crack open a few beers and play some pool.
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