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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The Wings of Freedom Tour presented by The Collings Foundation will include a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, a Consolidated B-24 Liberator and a North American P-51 Mustang. The living history display will offer an opportunity to explore and learn more ...Read more
Salute from the Shore coastal military flyover set for SaturdayCharleston Post Courier, July 2nd
The 6th annual Salute from the Shore coastal flyover of current and vintage military planes is set to go forward Saturday, running the length of the state's coastline. The annual July 4th event will begin at 1 p.m. in Cherry Grove, just north of Myrtle...Read more
Lincoln Highway buffs thank Eagle Scout for preserving historyKearney Hub, July 2nd
KEARNEY — Vintage autos and modern classics peppered the parking area at The Archway Wednesday as motoring enthusiasts from across the nation and Norway stopped near the midpoint of their 2,836-mile trip from Detroit to San Francisco. The Lincoln...Read more
One of the Rarest 1966 Ford Mustangs Ever BuiltMustang 360, July 2nd
Of all vintage Mustangs produced, a 1965 or 1966 convertible is certainly a quintessential variation. In fact, for most people who have a less than fervent interest in classic Mustangs, a 1965-1966 convertible is often the first type to come to mind...Read more
Mustang Seats Offers BMW R nineT Custom Two-Up Saddleautoevolution, July 1st
If you want to provide the best comfort for your passenger, Mustang has the right item for your BMW R nineT. For $159 (€143) you can add a pillion seat to your R nineT, providing 7.5" (19cm) of plush width in looks matching those of the Vintage Solo...Read more
Vintage Road Test: 1965 Ford Mustang vs. Plymouth BarracudaHot Rod Network, June 30th
There was a seismic shift in the automotive landscape in April 1964. The Plymouth Barracuda, and then the Ford Mustang, went on sale that spring, creating a whole new niche of sporty personal cars. That the cars in the niche would ultimately be called...Read more
Muscle up: California reissues classic black license platesSFGate, June 23rd
“We deal with this all the time,” said Mike Sarcona, who owns Classic Cars West in Oakland and deals in vintage cars. His 1965 Ford Mustang, 1968 Excalibur SS Roadster and 1970 Chevy pickup all have original black plates. “Now you'll have to explain...Read more
US Marshals arrest man believed to have taken vintage MustangSt. Augustine Record, June 15th
On Monday, the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force found and arrested a “person of interest” in the June 6 carjacking incident involving a vintage Ford Mustang from Bozard Ford. A release from the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office said Kevin Jay Rellah...Read more