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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By mid-1969, Bill Jenkins, Sox & Martin, and a few others who were match racing hopped up Super Stockers with Dyno, who was driving a 427ci Cammer-powered Mustang that also ran in NHRA A/Modified Production. When NHRA created Pro Stock in 1970 ...Read more
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Michael Dilliard will be auctioning 15 antique and collectible cars at the Grange fairgrounds on Oct. 17. NABIL K. MARK .... Vanessa Temple will keep one of her father's cars, a 1966 Mustang convertible, which was retitled in her name years ago. The...Read more
Police: Mustang convertible stolen from farmer's marketYork Dispatch, October 12th
The candy-apple red Ford Mustang has a white convertible top and, at the time it was stolen, displayed an antique vehicle license plate, according to police. The man kept his key with him, meaning he did not leave it in the ignition, according to...Read more
Vintage Ford Muscle from the 2015 NMRA FinalsMustang 360, October 12th
Who doesn't love a little vintage muscle hitting the dragstrip? While we typically lean towards the late-model Mustangs, we get a kick out of watching classic muscle cars launching hard off the line showing everyone how the old school crowd gets down...Read more
Nebraska collector auctioning off 108 vehicles, including rare 1966 Ford ...Scottsbluff Star Herald, October 11th
“When we sell collector cars or antique tractors, people buy memories that come along with those cars,” she said. For his part, Bish won't make any guesses about how the auction will go. He knows some of the vehicles will be giveaways, but others might ...Read more
Ford is taking its successful Mustang redesign to new marketsKansas City Star, October 9th
“The rear tail lamps, in my opinion, harken back to something from the '67 and '68 vintage Mustang. It has a very aggressive stance to it. The independent rear suspension that is now on the Mustang makes it handle like never before. It is an excellent...Read more
Shelby Mustang bound for PanamericanaThe Daily Tribune, October 9th
The vehicle, which has now been improved and customized to its full potential, is entered in the vintage class known as Class C. The class is limited to speeds of 145 mph in certain parts of the race. The route runs through the mountains and cities of...Read more
Review: 'A Faster Horse' Tells the Ford Mustang's StoryNew York Times, October 8th
Almost every talking head with any influence is white and male, although the Mustang club members who buffing the candy-apple-red curves of a vintage prize or show off a restoration display a little more diversity. The tidbits we learn are wrapped in...Read more