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'.
Also see: The Mustang Story