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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to Telfair County to buy a 1966 Ford Mustang last week, apparently had negotiated a Craigslist deal with someone in the area. He and his wife, June, 66, are thought to have stopped and asked directions at Kinnett's Antique & Flea Market about 5:30...Read more

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ABC News, January 27th

Bud Runion, 69, and his wife, June, 66, disappeared Thursday, authorities said. The pair had posted an ad seeking to buy a vintage 1966 Ford Mustang convertible. Relatives said the Mustang was the couple's dream car, one they'd wanted to buy since they ...Read more

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ABC News, January 26th

Bud Runion, 69, and his wife, June, 66, disappeared Thursday, authorities said. The pair had posted an ad seeking to buy a vintage 1966 Ford Mustang convertible. Relatives said the Mustang was the couple's dream car, one they'd wanted to buy since they ...Read more

Heartbreak as Marietta couple's bodies found
Atlanta Journal Constitution, January 26th

They planned to drive about 200 miles from their Cobb County home to look at an antique car for sale. But the vintage Ford Mustang didn't exist. After four days of searching, investigators said Monday afternoon that two bodies believed to be the couple...Read more

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OCRegister, January 22nd

Ben Tortorella of Lake Forest was driving a red 1960s Ford Mustang around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday when he swerved across Lake Forest Drive, drove over a raised center median and ultimately crashed into a block residential wall east of Queensbury Drive...Read more

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OCRegister, January 21st

A male was killed in a solo vehicle accident at Lake Forest Drive and Queensbury Drive after losing control of his vehicle and going over the median and then striking a retaining wall in a backyard of a residence around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday night in Lake...Read more

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