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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Roger Clinton Is Wary, Chatty and Still Occasionally Attracting AttentionNew York Times, July 6th
A vintage sky-blue Mustang sat in the driveway, but it did not appear to have been driven in a while; he was using a truck parked at the curb. Standing in his doorway, looking casual in a backward ball cap and college sweatshirt, he was alternately...Read more
WWII history comes to CodyCody Enterprise, July 6th
It was hard to miss the roar of plane engines in Cody on Wednesday afternoon. These weren't your usual planes though, but a Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress, Consolidated B-24J Liberator and the North American P-51C Mustang from the Wings of Freedom ...Read more
5.0L Coyote Modular V-8 Swap GuideMustang 360, July 6th
It's now easier than ever to get a modern engine fitted to a vintage Mustang and there's no argument that the 5.0L dual overhead cam (DOHC) from the 2011 to current Mustang GT, affectionately known as the “Coyote” modular V-8, is the engine of choice ...Read more
After last year's outhouse float, Norfolk's July 4th parade held without ...Kearney Hub, July 5th
Merle Rix, 80, said he has been participating in the parade since the Norfolk Antique Auto Club was founded in 1964. He drove a 1937 Chevy pickup in Saturday's parade. Rix was 3 years old when his father bought the truck. Rix said he enjoys the parade ...Read more
Vintage WWII planes will land in LincolnLincoln Journal Star, July 3rd
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
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
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