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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Among the only young people Fisher speaks with are two 20-something Mustang bros at the cruise-in at the Dulles Town Crossing shopping center (a mecca for car culture if there ever was one!) .... He talks to antique car club directors, but no young tuners...Read more
CENTRAL JERSEY: Vintage aircraft offer a living history of WWII at 'Wings of ...Packet Online, September 2nd
The vintage Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, Consolidated B-24 Liberator and North American P-51 Mustang were among the aircraft on display at Landmark Aviation in the airport. The B-17 is one of only eight in flying condition in the United States and the...Read more
Mustangs Of Fall Wrap Up Scrimmage PlayOakdale Leader, September 2nd
Oakdale welcomed Lodi, Vintage, Bella Vista and Clovis North for tune-up matches. Oakdale travels to Clovis to be in the Central Valley Showdown tournament beginning Friday, Sept. 4 and then travels to Rio Americano on Wednesday, Sept. 9. The boys ...Read more
Air show wows Water Follies fansMid Columbia Tri City Herald, September 1st
An F-16 fighter jet and a vintage P-51 Mustang fighter plane fly in formation Saturday for the Air Force Heritage Flight during the HAPO Over the River Air Show. The view from Franklin County during the HAPO Over the River Air Show Friday at Tri-City...Read more
CENTRAL JERSEY: Vintage WWII aircraft take to the skies as part of Wings of ...Packet Online, August 31st
The tour of the vintage Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, Consolidated B-24 Liberator and North American P-51 Mustang is the run-up to a display at Landmark Aviation, 300 Scotch Road, in Trenton Mercer Airport from Monday to Wednesday, Sept. 2. It is one...Read more
Paolo Martel gives tips to vintage car collectorsPhilippine Star, August 29th
“We also have a vintage BMW 2002 and 67 Mustang Coupe, fully restored with mechanical upgrades to ensure it can be driven on a daily basis,” Martel says — plenty of consolation for those leaving the auction without “Eleanor” in their hands. Yet...Read more
This Vintage Ford Mustang I Concept Promo Film Is a Retro-Kitsch Delight [Video]Car and Driver (blog), August 25th
While auto shows, plus television and print advertising, satiated casual observers, promotional films like this clip covering the vintage Mustang I concept—which we tested back in the day—cropped up to give enthusiasts a deeper take on the subject...Read more
More than 25 years after he began looking, Orange man corrals his vintage MustangOCRegister, August 13th
Bob Fortelny has restored his 1965 Ford Mustang Fastback 2+2 three times since 1987. The Orange resident bought it for $450, while he was managing a 7-Eleven in Victorville. JEFF GRITCHEN, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER. BY JOHAN MORENO / STAFF ...Read more