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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Sun welcomes Daffodil Festival ParadeMeriden Record-Journal, April 25th
Vintage police cruisers reminiscent of the '50s and '60s followed the Maloney band, then a 1936 vintage pumper fire track driven by Ed Hanlon. Meriden Fire Department´s Engine 1, Special Operations truck, Truck 1, a 1931 South Meriden volunteers ladder...Read more
Merritt Island High Grads Plan School's 50 Year Anniversary CelebrationSpaceCoastDaily.com, April 24th
Organizers are inviting everyone with a Ford Mustang of any year to join the fun in honoring 50 years of Merritt Island Mustang heritage. Alumni are encouraged to enter a car, vintage to their year, or a float. The parade is also a fundraiser and...Read more
CR Supercars 1968 Ford Mustang Villain: 1968 Returns, New and Much ImprovedCar and Driver (blog), April 24th
It takes curves with all the unflustered aplomb of the last-generation live-axle Mustang yet retains the vintage cool of the much older, pre-everything pony car. The idea is assembly-line custom hot rods, says company owner Jason Engel. You can have it...Read more
1965-1973 Mustang Suspension Buyer's GuideMustang 360, April 24th
These modern suspensions have evolved considerably in just a few short years, so it is worth taking another look at the suspension systems available to the '65-'73 Mustang for those of you who really enjoy driving your vintage Mustang. We're not...Read more
Deputies: 2 wanted in theft of 1966 MustangWHNS Greenville, April 21st
The owner of a vintage Ford Mustang that was stolen is offering a reward for information leading to an arrest or the return of the vehicle. The McDowell County Sheriff's Office said the red 1966 Ford Mustang was reported stolen on April 10. It was...Read more
Dark Horse: the story of a record-shattering, all-electric '68 MustangThe Verge, April 1st
A light bulb went off in his head and he sent John Wayland an email outlining his vision: beautifully restored, iconic vintage cars coupled with world-class electric performance. He knew it'd be a niche business and the creations wouldn't be cheap...Read more