Ford Mustang – Muscle Car for the Ages
When you think of American muscle cars, what vehicles come to mind? We don’t know about you, but here at Brandon Ford, we go straight to the Ford Mustang. Sure, we may be a little biased here being a top Ford dealership in Florida. But what can’t be explained away with our bias is the amazing history and love affair Americans have with the Mustang. And to think, it all started in 1962 with what was labeled the “1962 Mustang I concept.” But from that point, there have been countless milestones. Let’s take a look at just a few of them now.
1964: After some significant changes from the prototype Mustang, the Ford Motor Company unveils the first pony car from the brand on the biggest possible stage. The 1964 Ford Mustang hits the public eye for the first time at the World’s Fair in Flushing Meadows, New York on April 17, 1964. Everything from the design to the name is unique. (Fun Fact – the Mustang was named after the famous P51 Mustang from World War II).
1965: The very next year after the initial release, the Shelby GT350 is introduced to the public boasting 306 horsepower from an awesome V8. The love affair quickly forms between Americans and this instant classic muscle car.
1967: The Mustang gets an iconic look in 1967 with the fastback design. Also in this year comes the iconic Shelby GT500 that brings a new level of performance to the public. The V8 under the hood of this car produces an amazing 355 horsepower.
1971: The first major body style change happens for the Mustang which will prove to be the largest version of the car. The Boss 351 debuts to the delight of muscle car enthusiasts.
1974: As life changes in the 70s, so does the Mustang with the introduction of the Mustang II. This is the first year that there is no V8 offered in the Mustang. But not to worry, as the eight-cylinder power returns the very next model year.
1979: Another new body style hits, with the debut of the “Fox” platform. This Mustang is a bit bigger than the aforementioned Mustang II, but it is actually 200 pounds lighter.
1983: The Mustang convertible returns along with an evolving design that will carry the car through the 1980s. The 1985 version will get a revised 5.0-liter HO engine.
1994: To mark the 30th anniversary of the car, Ford completely redesigns it, looking to evoke memories of the car’s high performance past.
1999: Another updated design hits the Mustang, which gives it a distinct look and feel again. To continue the legend of performance, the third Mustang Cobra R hits dealerships the next year.
2005: Ford makes a very bold move by designing a “retro” Mustang that reminds consumers of some of the first Mustangs to be produced. The reaction is overwhelmingly positive and sales sharply increase for the vehicle.
Today, the Mustang features an updated version of the “retro” look while also continually offering faster versions. The 2013 Shelby GT500 offers a supercharged 5.8-liter V8 that offers up 662 horsepower. The 2014 Mustang continues on that tradition with even more updates.
So there you have it. We realize there is much more to be said about the Mustang, but these were some of our favorite moments. Of course, we also have some other great Ford vehicles, like the popular new Ford F-150.