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Ford Mustang

Ford Mustang Fastback Sports Car

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Ford Mustang fastback

The Ford Mustang is a popular sports car. Originally based on the Falcon, the first Mustang, a white convertible with black interior, came off the assembly line in Dearborn, Michigan on March 9, 1964.

Ford introduced it to the public at the New York World's Fair in April 1964 and via the television networks. It was the most successful product launch in car history. The original Mustang inspired the term pony car, and prompted many imitators. In the early years, a Mustang was a very good buy, not as expensive as a Corvette but still a good car.

 

1967 Shelby Mustang GT 500 Eleanor

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The Ford Mustang was first conceived by Ford product manager Donald N. Frey and championed by Ford Division general manager Lee Iacocca. It was penned by David Ash and Joseph Oros in Ford's Lincoln-Mercury Division design studios.

It was first a two seat mid-engine roadster then later became a four seat car. The base, yet well-equipped Mustang hardtop with its 105 hp, 2.8 L, inline six-cylinder engine with three-speed manual transmission listed for US$2,368.

It looked expensive with its styling similar to the Lincoln Continental and Ford Thunderbird with a touch of Ferrari at the grille

The Mustang earned a number of prestigious auto industry awards in its first year including Motor Trend Car of the Year. It did pace car duties for the 1964 Indianapolis 500. Receiving the Tiffany Design Award for "excellence in design," the first automobile to do so.

Ford Mustang
Manufacturer Ford Motor Company
Production 1964 1/2 - present
Assembly USA
Class Pony car
Body style(s) 2-door 2+2 seat coupé
2-door hatchback
2-door convertible

Engineering

For all its style and well-marketed sportiness, the Mustang was based heavily on many familiar components taken from the Ford Falcon and Ford Fairlane.

The car had a frame derived from the 1964 Falcon. Although the majority of Mustangs were hardtop coupes there were problems with the new frame. This led to the unusual step of engineering the (necessarily less rigid) convertible first, to insure adequate strength.

Overall the length of the Mustang and Falcon were identical although the Mustang's wheel base was slightly shorter.

Like the Falcon and Fairlane, the Mustang had independent suspension in front, using a short-long-arm (SLA) arrangement with coil springs mounted above the upper arm. Rear suspension was Hotchkiss drive, with a live axle on leaf springs. Standard brakes were 9 in. (228.6 mm) Falcon drums with six-cylinder engines, 10 in. (254 mm) with V8s. The brakes were considered a weak link, improved when front disc brakes became available. Manual steering, with 27.0:1 overall ratio (five turns lock-to-lock) was light but slow; optional power steering improved that ratio to 21.7:1 (3.7 turns lock-to-lock). Fast-ratio manual steering offered the power steering ratio without assistance, improving steering response at the cost of great steering effort.

Built to order

Much of the appeal — and the profit — in such a low-priced car came from the options list. Although Ford was not the first to offer an extensive array of options for buyers to choose from, (Pontiac being arguably the industry leader in that regard), the Mustang's optional equipment list enabled buyers to customize their cars to their tastes and budget. It also resulted in typical transaction prices hundreds of dollars above the base price, making the Mustang a profitable car for both dealer and manufacturer.

The option list included several powertrain combinations. The buyer could choose a four-speed manual transmission ($115.90 or $188.00 with six-cylinder or eight-cylinder engines, respectively) or three-speed Cruise-O-Matic automatic transmission ($179.80 or $189.60). The standard six-cylinder engine could be replaced with a 164 hp (122 kW) 260 cu. in. (4.2 L) for $116.00 or a 210 hp (157 kW) 289 cu. in. (4.7 L) V8. With the latter and four-speed manual, Road & Track recorded a 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) time of 8.9 seconds, with the standing quarter mile in 17 seconds at 85 mph. Starting in June 1964, the new 271 hp (202 kW "K-code" High Performance engine became available. The HiPo engine included a handling package (stiffer springs and shock absorbers, stiffer front anti-roll bar, fast-ratio steering, and wider tires) optional on other Mustangs. At $442.60 (not counting the mandatory four-speed transmission) it was the single most expensive Mustang option, and only 7,273 of the 680,992 Mustangs sold in 1965 were so equipped.

Other options included limited-slip differential, styled wheels and wheelcovers, power steering, power brakes, air conditioning, center console, a vinyl top, various radios, a bench seat, and various other accessories. Disc brakes for the front wheels became optional later in 1965. The list would continue to grow through much of the Mustang's history, adding trim packages like the Interior Decor Group (or "pony interior") and GT package (which included disc brakes, handling package, and other items), as well as additional engine choices and convenience items.

 

Coming to market

The timing of the car's introduction coincided perfectly with the first wave of the postwar "baby boom" which was heading off to work in a strong economy. Incredibly, no domestic manufacturer up until that time had anything remotely resembling an affordable yet youthful and sophisticated automobile aimed at this burgeoning market, and Iacocca knew it. Despite his repeated attempts to receive the go-ahead to produce such a car, his proposals fell on mostly deaf ears. Because the company was still smarting financially after the demise of the Edsel Division in late 1959, upper management at Ford under Robert McNamara (later United States Secretary of Defense under Lyndon Johnson) wasn't willing to take such a major risk.

Still, Iacocca persevered and was given the green light to produce the Mustang in mid-1962, which gave the design team only eighteen months to design and develop the car. Not only did the project wrap up in under eighteen months, it wrapped up under budget as well thanks to the decision to use as many existing mechanical parts as possible. As far as the design itself was concerned, Ford stylists basically threw out the company handbook on design limitations, pushing the stamping technology of the time to its limit in such design areas as the sweep of the rear lower valence and the remarkably complicated front end stampings and castings. Curved side glass was used as well, but at a price since the technology to produce distortion-free curved safety glass was still fairly young. And though most of the mechanical parts were directly taken from the Falcon, the Mustang's body shell was completely different from the Falcon's, sporting a longer wheelbase, wider track, lower seating position and overall height and an industry first: The "torque box." This was an innovative structural system that greatly stiffened the Mustang's unitized body construction and helped contribute to its excellent handling, at least compared to other cars of the time.

Modifications to both the street and racing versions included a side-exiting exhaust, Shelby 15 in (380 mm) myou got. /y F...ing thing agnesium wheels (though some early cars were fitted with the factory steel wheels), fiberglass hood with functional scoop, relocated front control arms to reduce understeer and neutralize handling, quicker steering, Koni shock absorbers, a Detroit Locker rear end with Ford Galaxie drum brakes, metallic brake linings at all four corners, rear-mounted battery, rear anti-sway bar with beefed-up front anti-sway bar, dash-mounted gauges, a fiberglass parcel shelf and spare tire holder where the rear seat was intended to be, and considerable engine work, boosting output to 306 hp (228 kW).

Even the car's basic body structure was stiffened up front with an angled brace intended for the export models and so-called "Monte Carlo" bar triangulating the underhood shock absorber towers. Though Shelby's influence on the car diminished as Ford's grew, the 1965 to 1970 GT-350 and its "big-block" brother, the 1967 to 1970 GT-500 are among the most sought-after automobiles in the world; so too are the high-performance models offered over the years by other automotive tuners following in Shelby's footsteps.

 

The industry reacts

Ford Mustang Fastback Sports Car

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Ford Mustang fastback

In its first two years of production, three Ford Motor Company plants in San Jose, Dearborn and Metuchen, New Jersey produced nearly 1.5 million Mustangs, a sales record unequalled before or since. It was a success that left General Motors utterly flat-footed and the Chrysler Corporation only slightly less so. Chrysler had just introduced a car only a few weeks before that would be a competitor, the Plymouth Barracuda. Though the "'Cuda" would grow into one of the most revered muscle cars of all time, it started out at first, just Plymouth Valiant with a hastily grafted fastback rear window. As for GM, they were certain that they had a Mustang fighter in their rear-engined Corvair Monza, but sales figures didn't even come close. The Monza was a fine performer, but was only a six-cylinder compared to the Mustang's available eight-cylinder.

It took GM until the 1967 model year to counter with the Chevrolet Camaro and Pontiac Firebird. Even Lincoln-Mercury joined the fray in 1967 with the introduction of an "upmarket Mustang" (and subsequent Motor Trend Car of the Year), the Mercury Cougar, using the name originally given to the Mustang during the development phase. In 1968 American Motors (AMC) would introduce the Javelin and later, the 2-seater, high-performance AMX. This genre of small, sporty and often powerful automobiles was unofficially dubbed the "pony car" as a tribute to the car that started it all. The 1968 Mustang fastback gained pop culture status when it was used to great effect as Steve McQueen's car of choice in the crime thriller Bullitt. The Mustang was pitted against the Dodge Charger in the film's famous car chase through the streets of San Francisco.

 

The Mustang grows up

1969 Ford Mustang Hardtop

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Modified 1969 Ford Mustang Hardtop

The 1966 Mustang debuted with only moderate trim changes, and a few new options such as an automatic transmission for the "Hi-Po," new interior and exterior colors, an AM/eight-track "Stereosonic" sound system and one of the first AM/FM monaural radios available in any car. The 1967 model year would see the first of the Mustang's many major redesigns with the installation of big-block V8 engines in mind. The high-performance 289 option now took a supporting role on the option sheet behind a massive 320 hp (239 kW), 390 in³ (6.4 L) engine direct from the Thunderbird, which was equipped with a four-barrel carburetor. A drag racer for the street bowed during the middle of the 1968 model year as the 428 Cobra Jet (7.0 L), underrated at 335 hp (250 kW) but produced 410 hp. 1969 saw the introduction of both the car's third body style and a handbuilt muscle car intended solely to satisfy the homologation rules of NASCAR, the Boss 429.

Ford Mustang Convertible 1966

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Ford Mustang Convertible 1966

Available in 1969 and 1970 only, and looking like a standard Mustang SportsRoof (the new corporate name for the fastback) with the new Mach 1 musclecar version's deluxe interior, the Boss 429 sported none of the garish decals and paint schemes of the day. Only a hood scoop, 15 in (380 mm) "Magnum 500" wheels with Goodyear "Polyglas" tires and a small "BOSS 429" decal on each front fender hinted that the largest and, in racing trim, most powerful Ford V8 of all time was fitted under the hood. Intentionally underrated for advantages both in racing as well as insurability at 375 hp (280 kW) and 450 ft-lb (610 Nm) of torque even with racing touches straight from the factory such as aluminum heads with hemispherical combustion chambers and a combination of O-rings and seals in place of head gaskets, it was believed that yet another 75 to 100 hp (50 to 75 kW) was on tap once the single four-barrel carburetor and intake, restrictive factory exhaust system and engine speed governor were replaced or removed. While power steering was a "mandatory option" on the Boss 429, neither an automatic transmission nor air conditioning were available. In the case of the latter, there simply wasn't enough room under the hood.

Also available during that two-year period was another homologation special for the up-and-coming sport of Trans-American sedan racing. The Boss 302 was Ford's attempt to mix the power of a musclecar with the handling prowess of a sports car. The automotive press gushed over the result, deeming it the car "the GT-350 should have been." Boasting a graphic scheme penned by Ford designer Larry Shinoda, the "Baby Boss" was powered by an engine that was essentially a combination of the new-for-1968 302 in³ (4.9 L) V8 and topped with cylinder heads from the yet to be released new-for-1970 351 in³ (5.8 L) "Cleveland". This combination meant that the Boss 302 was good for a conservatively rated 290 horsepower (216 kW) through its four-speed manual transmission. Ford originally intended to call the car Trans Am, but Pontiac had beaten them to it, applying the name to a special version of the Firebird.

The next generation

Now based on the mid-sized Ford Fairlane/Mercury Comet instead of the compact Falcon, the Mustang grew larger and heavier with each passing year, culminating with the 1971-73 models designed under the supervision of Ford's new product design manager, Semon "Bunkie" Knudsen, originally of General Motors. Knudsen's turn at the helm would see the last high-performance big-block Mustang, 1971's 375 horsepower (280 kW) 429 Super Cobra Jet. Ironically, that very same body style that was designed for the sole purpose of big-block installation versions were limited to a maximum of 351 in³ (5.8 L) in 1972 and 1973, due almost entirely to extremely strict US emission control regulations. Two more high-performance engines were introduced in 1972, the 351 "HO" and 351 Cobra Jet. Both cars were excellent performers, but at nowhere near the level of the Boss cars and original Cobra Jet. Car companies switched from "gross" horsepower ratings to "net" horsepower and torque ratings in 1972, this makes it difficult to compare horsepower and torque ratings. This was more radically different a car than anyone could have imagined in 1964, and Ford was deluged with mail from fans of the original car who demanded that the Mustang be returned to the way it was.

Ford Mustang 1979

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1979 Ford Mustang

The 1974 introduction of the short-lived Mustang II earned Ford Motor Trend magazine's Car of the Year honors again and actually returned the car to more than a semblance of its 1964 predecessor in size, shape and overall styling. Though Iacocca insisted that the Mustang II be finished to quality standards unheard of in the American auto industry, the II suffered from being not only smaller than the original car, but heavier and slower as well. Available as a hardtop or three-door hatchback, the new car's base engine was a 2.3 L SOHC I4, the first fully metric engine built in the US for installation in an American car. A 2.8 L V6 was the sole optional engine, meaning the popular V8 option would disappear for the first and only time in 1974, and Ford was swamped by buyer mail and criticized in the automotive press for it.

Since the car was never meant to have a V8 in the first place, it became a mad scramble to reengineer the car in order to reinstate the 302 in³ (4.9 L) V8 option in time for the 1975 model year. Like the car that preceded it, the Mustang II had its roots in another compact, the Ford Pinto, though less so than the original car was based on the Falcon. The car sold well, with sales of more than 400,000 units its first year. It's also interesting to note that four of the five years of the Mustang II are on the top-ten list of most sold Mustangs. Despite innovations such as rack-and-pinion steering and a separate engine subframe that greatly decreased noise, vibration and harshness, the Mustang II never caught the public's fancy like the original ten years prior had.

The Arab oil embargo, skyrocketing insurance rates and aforementioned US emissions and safety standards that destroyed the straight-line performance of virtually every car of the period certainly didn't help. Chrysler ended production of the Barracuda and its stablemate, the Dodge Challenger in 1974 and GM nearly discontinued the Camaro and Firebird. However, on the momentum of the Mustang II's understated success and under the direction of Ford's new styling chief, Jack Telnack, a totally new Mustang hit the streets in 1979. This "third generation" 1979 model (based on the Fox platform) gave much to its successors for nearly the next 25 years, along with thousands of upgrades, improvements and restyling over that time.

Mustang IIs were seen in the Charlie's Angels TV series - two of the angels drove a Cobra II and Mustang Ghia coupe.

 

"The Boss Is Back"

1985 Ford Mustang GT "5.0" Sports Car

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Modified 1985 Ford Mustang GT "5.0"

In 1982, Ford reintroduced a high-performance Mustang GT which opened the door for an entirely new era of the muscle car. Wringing a then-respectable 157 hp (134 kW) from its "5.0" (actually 4.94 L, 302 in³) Windsor V8 and backed by a four-speed transmission, aggressive tires and stiff suspension, magazine ads of the period shouted, "The Boss Is Back." Over the years, power and torque gradually increased, peaking in 1987 at 225 hp (168 kW).

Also in 1982, the California Highway Patrol asked Ford to produce a capable and lightweight police car due to the bulkyness of current police cars like the Ford Fairmont and LTD/Crown Victoria and the problems incurred with Camaros with their camshafts at pursuit speeds. Taking the Fox 5.0 Mustangs in production at the time, Ford produced the Ford Mustang SSP (Special Service Package) and modified them to suit the needs of the police and law enforcement departments. Nearly 15,000 of these special units were made until their discontinuation in 1993.

Some of the options that came with the car included:

  • Engine, 5.0 HO V8 with Sequential Multi Port Injection

  • Forged pistons, roller cam (Hypereutectic pistons 1993)

  • Engine oil cooler

  • Aircraft-type Silicone radiator hoses and clamps

  • 5 speed manual or 4 speed AOD transmission

  • Auto transmission fluid cooler

  • Brakes, power disc front/drum rear with rotor shields

  • Stainless steel factory headers

  • Dual exhaust system w/stainless tips

  • Fuel tank capacity - 15.4 Gallons

  • Heavy duty stabilizer bars, front and rear

  • Full instrumentation with in-dash tachometer

  • 130 Amp heavy duty alternator

  • 2 Piece VASCAR speedometer cable

  • Certified calibrated Police speedometer 0-160 MPH

  • Non operational courtesy lights (safety feature)

  • Steering wheel, leather wrapped

  • Relocated rear deck release

  • Single key locking doors/trunk

  • Reinforced floor pans

  • Full size spare tire

  • 15" X 7" Cast Aluminum Wheels

Depending on which agency bought them, extras like Rollcages (Requested by Oregon State Police) and Power Windows (Requested by New York State Police) made each SSP unique to their respective departments. The small rear seat and manual transmission were generally considered ill-suited for a law enforcement vehicle.

Virtually all of the SSP Mustangs were of the coupe or "notchback" style cars; 5 examples made for the CHP in 1982 were of the Hatchback model.

SSP Ford Mustang - California Highway Patrol Car

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1992 "Slicktop" SSP Mustang - California Highway Patrol

In 1984, Ford's in house performance team — SVT, or Special Vehicle Team, unveiled the Mustang SVO. Powered by a 2.3 turbocharged four making 175 hp, the SVO was targeted at the European and Japanese performance cars of the day and its base price of $15,596 reflected it as well. But for all of its handling improvements and performance goodies it never really caught on with the Mustang crowd and was dropped after 1986. Many people believe that it came down to cost. For the price of one SVO you could get two Mustang GTs powered by the equally powerful 5.0 liter engine. But SVT would learn its lesson. The high performance Mustang buyer wanted a powerful V8 under the hood and this new attitude would be reflected when the SVT team brought out the Cobra in 1993.

1993 Mustang GT Convertible Sports Car

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1993 Mustang GT Convertible

In 1987, the Mustang received its first stylistic redesign in eight years, incorporating both interior and exterior changes. Although this would be the last major redesign for years, popularity of the Mustang remained high due to its low cost and high performance. The "5.0" Mustangs, cars that gave birth to an entire aftermarket performance industry, continue to remain extremely popular today.

In 1994, the Mustang underwent its first major redesign in 14 years. This incorporated some stylistic throwbacks to early Mustangs. The car remained rear-wheel drive. It greatly revived the popularity of the brand. The base model came with a 3.8 L V6 engine and the GT the "5.0" 4.9 L V8. A high performance 240 hp (179 kW) 5.0, larger brakes, and suspension modification was available on the Cobra models. The Mustang was Motor Trend magazine's Car of the Year award for the third time in 1994.

In 1996, the 5.0 engine was replaced by a 215 hp (160 kW) 4.6 L SOHC V8 engine, called Modular. The Cobra version was modified that year with a 305 hp (227 kW) dual over head cam configuration of the 4.6 L V8. Power in the GT was increased to 225 hp (168 kW) for '98.

In 1999, the body style was updated and the Mustang GT's power increased to 260 hp (194 kW), while the Cobra claimed 320 hp (239 kW). Testing by Car and Driver magazine and numerous buyers contradicted these claims, and Ford was later proved to have misstated the power gains. As a result, the Cobra was not produced in 2000, and the company developed new parts to replace the missing power.

Special Cobra R versions were available, in limited edition, in 1993, 1995, and 2000. Mostly race cars, they were stripped of air conditioning, radios, and back seats. The suspensions were finely tuned. In 1995 and 2000 the Cobra R's had increased displacement engines (5.8 L and 5.4 L, respectively) that made these cars extremely potent track machines.

In 2001, Ford offered a Special version of its GT with the "Bullitt" nameplate. It was reminiscent of the '68, 390 fastback model driven by Steve McQueen.

As electronic engine management and emissions technology developed, so too did performance. The lone remaining 1960s muscle car marques, Mustang, Camaro and Firebird, grew in power and handling better than the cars that preceded them. With production of the Camaro and Firebird ending in 2002, only the Mustang remains as the sole survivor of the ponycar era.

In 2004, Ford produced a special 40th Anniversary Edition of the Mustang. Available in both Standard and GT editions, it consisted of 40th Anniversary badging, special metallic red paint with gold stripes, enhanced interior, and some "special" collectable items for the owner. It also marked the end of this design of the Mustang, as 2005 ushered in an all-new model.

 

The 2005 Mustang

At the 2004 North American International Auto Show, Ford introduced a redesigned Mustang for the 2005 model year. Exterior styling was designed by Sid Ramnarace, drawing inspiration from 1960s Mustangs. The car featured an aesthetic which Senior Vice President of Design, J Mays referred to as "retro-futurism". Engineering efforts headed by chief engineer Hau Thai-Tang include Ford's new S197 platform and will continue the tradition of low cost, rear-wheel drive performance.

The base Mustang uses a 210 hp (156 kW) Ford Cologne V6 engine. The GT has a 300 hp (224 kW) 4.6 L 3-valve Modular V8 with variable valve timing. It retains the traditional but controversial live rear axle, and offers improved handling and ride. Modern production facilities and computer aided design have allowed the new Mustang to have 100% more structural rigidity over its predecessor, and have greatly increased build quality as well as fit and finish. One particularly interesting feature are the optional color-changing gauges.

2005 Mustang GT Convertible Sports Car

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A 2005 Mustang GT Convertible

Shortly after its launch at the North American International Auto Show in January, Ford started production of the Mustang convertible, available with either the V6 or V8 engine. The 2005 Mustang convertible was designed from the ground up to deliver a more rigid body structure without additional weight. Ford engineers designed a z-fold top that gives it a finished appearance with the top down.

The new Mustang has been selling very well for Ford, and as a result, was exempt from the 2005 Employee Discount Pricing Program. Half of all sports cars now sold in the United States are Mustangs. The 2006 model year offered a new Pony Package for the popular V6 models, which included upgraded suspension, Bullitt-style wheels, wider tires, unique grille treatment with road lamps, rear deck spoiler, special door striping and special Pony emblems.

See also Cleveland Auto Show, 2005

 

Shelby Cobra GT500

Shelby Cobra GT500 Sports Car

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Shelby Cobra GT500

Shelby and Ford will return with a Shelby-branded Mustang, Shelby GT500 for 2007. Introduced at the 2005 New York International Auto Show, the GT500 will make use of a 5.4 L Modular supercharged V8, developed for the supercar Ford GT.

More details have been leaked from Ford over the past couple of months.

Transmission/Gearing/Clutch: First gear is 2.97:1 (vs. 2.66 on the ’03 and ‘04s). Rear-end ratio is 3.31 (vs 3.55 on the ’03). Overall gear ratio in 1st is 9.831 (vs 9.443 on the ’03). Also 6th is the same ratio as ’03 (0.63:1). Clutch is a double-disk unit (215 mm = 8.44 in) sourced from Valeo. (Smaller diameter reduces polar moment of mass inertia so less inertial loss during acceleration.)

Engine: Wet-sumped 5.4L iron block. Static compression ratio is 8.4:1 (same as Ford GT, but vs. 8.5:1 on the ’03 Cobras.) Ford GT crank. Mahle connecting rods which the engineers claim are on par w/ the Manleys in the ‘03s, but less expensive. Heads are directly from the GT, including cams, valves, springs and ports and even have the same part number. Redline is 6,000 rpm and fuel shut off is 6,250.

Supercharger: Eaton M122H (H for hybrid…revised 5th-gen blower) Roots-style blower will be used. It has redesigned rotor and port design Eaton currently claims 15% improvement in adiabatic efficiency over the M112.

Weight: 3850 lbs with F/R distribution of 57/43

Suspension: Stock Mustang GT K-member. Revised bushings, spring rates and shock rates.

Brakes: 14” front disks with 4-caliper Brembo pinchers. Rears are stock Mustang GT, but different pads.

Tires: 285/40ZR18 rear and 255/45ZR18 front GY Eagle supercar.

See also Motor Trend, May 2005 [1]

 

Looking ahead

Ford continues to sell about 150,000 Mustangs annually. Many view the 1964-1973 models as American automotive icons the equal of the 1955 to 1957 full-size Chevrolets and the Corvette. Thanks to continued interest in the marque, restoring Mustangs is a popular hobby. Mechanical parts are as close as the corner auto parts store, Ford dealer or wrecking yard with most out-of-production parts available as highly accurate reproductions.

Even the very first production Mustang is still around. Originally purchased new by Stanley Tucker, an airline pilot from St. John's, Newfoundland, Ford offered him Mustang number one million in exchange in 1966; he chose a new, made-to-order Mustang instead. Number one is currently on display at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan and a photo of the car can be viewed at their website.

With the conversion of the River Rouge Plant to F-150 trucks in Dearborn, Michigan on May 10, 2004, a plant that built Mustangs from the very beginning, production has been moved to the AutoAlliance International plant in Flat Rock, Michigan. The last car off the Dearborn line was a bright red 2004 Mustang GT convertible. On hand for the closing ceremonies was the aforementioned first production Mustang, also built at Dearborn.

 

Popular Mustang engines

  • 289 Windsor

  • 302 Windsor

  • BOSS 302

  • 351 Windsor

  • 5.0

  • 351 Cleveland

  • Boss 351

  • 390 FE

  • 428 Cobra Jet

  • 428 Super Cobra Jet

  • Boss 429

  • Straight-6

  • Modular 4.6

  • Ford Essex V6 3.8/232

  • 2.3 Turbo

 

Body style years

  1. 1964.5-1966

  2. 1967-1968

  3. 1969-1970

  4. 1971-1973

  5. 1974-1978

  6. 1979-1986

  7. 1987-1993

  8. 1994-1998

  9. 1999-2004

  10. 2005+

 

Special editions and modified Mustangs

Earlier performance versions were:

  • Shelby Mustang (GT-350 and GT-500)

  • Mach 1

  • BOSS 302

  • BOSS 429

  • BOSS 351

  • M81 Mclaren

  • GT Enduro - 1982

  • SVO - 1984-1986

  • 7-Up Mustang - 1990

  • Bullitt - 2001

  • Cobra - 1993-2004, except 2000 and 2002

  • Cobra R - 1993, 1995, 2000

  • MACH 1 Special Edition - 2003-2004

Current tuners include:

  • Roush Performance

  • Saleen

  • Steeda

  • Team Shinoda

  • Mustang II series

Awards

The Mustang made Car and Driver's Ten Best list five times: 1983, 1987, 1988, 2005 and 2006. The new Mustang was also nominated for the North American Car of the Year award for 2005 and won the Canadian Car of the Year award that year.

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"Ford Mustang AV8R: The one-of-a-kind Ford Mustang AV8R will be unveiled at the world-famous AirVenture Oshkosh air show. The Mustang AV8R features a special paint scheme, an Air Force star in the glass and leather interior to match the aviation theme. Ford Racing added performance upgrades that will produce 400 horsepower from the 4.6-liter, 24-valve V8 engine."

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1968 Ford Mustang, GT/CS, California Special Car

The attached picture is of our stock 1968 Mustang, GT/CS, California Special.  It has 302 c.i. 4V engine, p/s, p/b, a/c, console and a vinyl top.  My wife and I are the original owners. Our Mustang has received many awards for Best of Show/Best Stock. These Mustangs were a limited edition promotional for the Ford dealers on the west coast.

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I have 1964.5 Mustang and very often people stop by wanting to buy it, but I tell my husband that we'll never get another one.  I think selling my car is out of the question.
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My husband is having his 40th Birthday coming up and he currently owns a 1966 Ford Mustang.  Please help me with ideas and what to do for his birthday.  Thanks, Pamela
mustangs are awesome
coolool
Does anyone know the top speed of a 1996 MUSTANG GT CONVERTIBLE ?

Hey I've got a 1967 Shelby GT500KR with a 460 super cobra in it and this is by far the best car i have ever owned. People say ford sucks because it's American but its just because they haven't seen real American power. just figured i would share:)

this is pretty kool

Hi, I wanted to get a detailed model car of some of my dad's favourite cars as he was growing up as a present for his birthday - I have searched the net several times but thought you might have some Ideas? I want to find somewhere that can make model cars with specific details which my dad's had.... I live in the UK so would prefer a sight which charges in £ sterling. Please Email I can send the details of his favourite cars if you can help? Thank you.

have a permit when I get older i would like to get an old type of  Mustang  like for colo

mustangs are great they are so so cool!!!!!!!!wo

i have a 1991 custom mustang and i love it

Mustang's are the best car built, haven't stop building like
the corvette's and camaro's built by GM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

mustangs are just bad ass cars.

Mustangs are sweet

Q. I had a 1984 special order mustang hatchback it came with factory headers can some one send in a picture

damn this is a stunning car

There's something special about the Mustang. It's all American, I can definitely say that I feel special driving my 2005.  It's not like every other car out there.  It's in a class of it's own. It seems that today, many people drive cars that are just plain boring or homely.  Not the Mustang; always the best looking car out there, and it also says a lot about the driver.

mustang is the best thank you


 

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