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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Pod Rods: Amelia auction action online; a new Buick comes to the concours ...Florida Times-Union, February 27th
This weekend's Pod Rods looks at just a few of the exotics to be unveiled next week at Geneva, and lets your fingers do the shopping on line at the four (count them, four!) auctions coming to the Amelia Island concours in just two weeks. And we've just...Read more
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Colorado sheriff offers safe zones to complete online salesMiamiHerald.com, February 26th
A Colorado sheriff is offering people safe zones to complete sales brokered through online sites like Craigslist in response to the case of a Georgia couple who were killed last month after meeting someone to buy a vintage Mustang. Weld County Sheriff...Read more
SAFD: 1 killed in plane crash near Government CanyonKSAT San Antonio, February 25th
Fire department officials said the plane is a Thunder Mustang, a fixed-wing, single-engine two-seater, similar in looks to a vintage World War II-era craft. They said it went down just after 5 p.m. Wednesday afternoon. Rescue crews are attempting to...Read more
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Wylie got to enjoy his freshened-up ride by taking it to some local car cruises and shows and that's where he met Bobby Schumacher, the owner of Vintage Fabrication. Schumacher had a good reputation of building high-quality, custom-built cars, many of ...Read more
Essex V6 Into Vintage Mustang, Anyone Done?StangNet.com, February 20th
Trophy Points: 1. Location: Berino, New Mexico. I've been trying to find information on a V6 transplant into a vintage mustang. Looking at a carb version with an Essex V6. Anyone done and what were some of your issues? Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk...Read more