Simply put - a great American success story! The youthful appeal of the car captured the spirit of the times perfectly, and after its launch in 1964 it quickly became one of the fastest selling cars of all time, (over 1 million sales by 1966). The result of the famed Lee Iacocca - the vehicle was based on the standard floorpan of the budget falcon range, using the same coil spring/wishbone suspension at the front and leaf springs at the rear.
The list of options was immense, allowing owners to c7ustomise their car to suit their personality. There were V8 motors ranging in power from 195 to 390 bhp, auto's and manuals, sports handling packs, disc front brakes and a vast array of trim options. The ultimate however was the "Shelby", a Carroll Shelby sanctioned road racer using the Fastback model and badged the "GT350".
Power was bumped up to 425 bhp and it was elevated to cult status following the release of the Steve McQueen film "Bullitt". Styling changes from 1969 onward, and the preference for better fuel economy slowly saw the demise of the once beautiful 'stang'. These models are not as highly sought as the earlier models and may never be destined to become a 'classic'.
The date was April 17th, 1964. Intermediate sized muscle cars, with big block engines were gradually replacing the full sized muscle car. Lee Iacocca, Ford's General Manager, had always envisioned a small sports car to be the next hot item in the street wars. More>>
The Ford Mustang debuted as a simple sports car powered by a 170 cid six cylinder and a pair of V8's. Originally named for the fighter plane, the P-51 Mustang, preliminary allusions were made to the horse, and the horse motif quickly became the emblem for the Mustang. More>>
1966 saw further refinement of the Mustang. The gauge cluster was redone to seperate the Mustang from its Falcon roots while the 260 cid V8 was replaced with 2 and 4 barrel versions of the 289 cid V8. More>>
1967 saw a massive restyle of the Ford Mustang. Changes included bulkier sheet metal below the beltline, a more aggressive grill, a concave tail panel, and a full fastback roofline for the fastback body style. More>>
The 1968 Ford Mustang received a simpler grill, side trim and a limited number of 427 engines were slipped into the engine bays. These 427 engines were slightly detuned but still cranked out 390bhp, enough to strike fear on the streets. More>>
Ford's decade of "Total Performance" was drawing to a close. The Mustang grew by 2.1" in length, 2.8" of width, 1" of wheelbase, and about 100 lbs. Coupled with this weight gain was the disappearance of the Shelby models, the Boss 302 and Boss 429 models. More>>
Following industry lead, all power ratings for 1972 and later were listed in net ratings which included all accessories. This lead to some drastic drops in power listings which, coupled with the drop of all big block options, sealed the end of Ford Mustang performance. More>>
All engine choices and power ratings dropped once again as emission controls tightened. New federal guidelines resulted in mandatory bumpers that could withstand a 5mph collision, all of which didn't help the bloated body styling. More>>