For many automobile collectors, the Ford Mustangs of the 1960s were the quintessential American muscle cars. The two seat roadster, launched at the New York World’s Fair in 1964, was such a success, it was widely emulated by rival car makers and has been in continuous production for more than 40 years by Ford itself.
Priced at $2,400, the Mustang was powerful, stylish, and affordable, too. "Car Life" magazine called the vehicle “better than any domestically produced automobile on the basis of handling and roadability and performance, per dollar invested.” The initial hype was so great, some dealers auctioned off their precious allotments of Mustangs to the highest bidders—one nervous buyer spent the night in his new car while waiting for his check to clear. Ford sold more than a million Mustangs within the first two years of its release, making it the world’s fastest selling car at the time.
The Mustang’s design was actually based on Ford’s budget model, the Falcon, but it boasted a sportier look and European-inspired interior elements. The car came in notchback, fastback, and convertible models, with a range of other specifications that buyers could select. Bucket seats, a floor shifter, and a six-cylinder engine were all standard features, though a popular V-8 upgrade was also available.
Beginning in 1965, racecar driver Carroll Shelby sponsored the development of an updated, hot-rod version of the Mustang dubbed the GT350, which was jointly produced by Ford and Shelby American. It was a later version of this revamped Mustang that Steve McQueen drove in the chase scenes of “Bullitt.” Other popular designs with shorter runs include the GT500, the 428 Cobra Jet, the Mach 1, the Boss series, and the King Cobra. Design changes in the 1970s made the Mustang slower and bulkier, and the car lost much of its initial street credibility, with drivers referring to the altered Mustang as a “luxury bus.” However, the vehicle maintained a loyal fan base throughout the '80s, '90s, and early 2000s, with updated models released every few years.
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Smith, Dietrich-Smith forge bond over classic carsTBO.com, August 21st
One day this season, Smith and Dietrich-Smith could find themselves stopped for a light, side-by-side on the streets of Tampa — Smith in his sky-blue '67 Mustang and his center cruising in a vintage black cherry Bel Air. “I'm working on the radio...Read more
BlackTop Nationals revs up for weekend of activitiesKansas.com, August 21st
The festivities officially kick off Friday at 3 p.m. with an opening ceremony at Kennedy Plaza that will include flyovers by antique planes, a tribute to veterans and the Tornado Alley Young Marines posting the colors. Petty said that ... Participants...Read more
Motor Muster turns 18Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette, August 21st
This year, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Ford Mustang, a collection of 1964-1989 Mustangs will be on display, including Charles McCarty's 1965 Shelby GT 350 Mustang. McCarty bought the car new, raced it at Road American in the late '60s...Read more
Historic time at GM Tool and WeldGrandblancview, August 20th
The Michigan State Police shared their vintage 1992 Ford Mustang cruiser and answered questions about its use. Township Police Chief Dave Stamm and City Interim Police Chief Chris Rhind and their staff were on hand to ensure visitor security and the ...Read more
Unique Tin celebrating 40 years of blood, sweat and gearsLongview Daily News, August 20th
His only remaining vintage car is the '66 Mustang, which has a 302-cubic inch V-8 engine and has been undergoing restoration for about 18 years. He's put between $5,000 and $6,000 into the car, and he figures he's invested $50,000 in all his vintage...Read more
US Marshals Auctioning Off Rare Muscle Car Collection, Including a SuperbirdBold Ride Blog (blog), August 20th
It's joined by a pair of vintage Mustangs – a '70 Ford Mustang Boss 429 and a '67 Shelby GT500 – as well as a mid-restoration 1971 Hemi 'Cuda and a slew of fast Chevrolets. Get ready, they're a doozy: a 1969 Yenko Chevelle Two-Door Hardtop; 1969 ...Read more
How To Rebuild a 1965-1969 Mustang Bench SeatMustangs and Fords Magazine, August 7th
Vintage Mustang bucket seats are notoriously uncomfortable. Good for the short day drive to a car show or cruise-in, and that's about it. They can be hard on the posterior if you're going any distance several days away, which keeps our vintage Mustangs...Read more
1968 Ford Mustang Hardtop - Sprint SurvivorMustangs and Fords Magazine, July 30th
During his first year of ownership, Larry used the hardtop as his daily driver, then caught the rising popularity of vintage Mustang shows during the early '80s and "retired" the Mustang from active driver duty to start a cleanup process. Larry cleaned...Read more