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The History of the Ford Mustang
By T Frady
The Ford Mustang was first introduced in 1964, at the World Exhibition of
New York, and Americans immediately fell in love with the car. Everyone flocked
to Ford showrooms, scrambling to be the first to own a Mustang. Over 22,000
Mustangs were sold on the first day! Sales reached 418,000 in the first year.
The first Mustang became known as the 1964½ and was available in two models,
the coupe and the convertible. Features of both models included a lengthened
hood and shortened rear deck, chrome wrap-around bumpers, chrome grill with
a running horse, full wheel covers and a sporty interior. The cost for a
standard Mustang was around $2,400. The GT and the fastback model were introduced
The Shelby GT350 was also introduced in 1965. Its design was a collaboration
between Ford and performance car legend, Carroll Shelby. Its goal was to
create competition for the Chevy Corvette. The Shelby GT500 Mustang was first
released in 1967. It was powered by a 428 V8 engine and sported numerous
luxury options. It was produced until 1970. A new version of the Shelby GT500,
considered to be the most powerful factory-built Ford Mustang in history,
will be released in 2006. Shelby Cobra GT500's supercharged 5.4-liter DOHC
V-8 produces over 450 horsepower.
The 1967 Mustang sported simulated air-scoops and a larger grill and it
was longer and appeared more aggressive. By 1969, the Mustang became bigger
and heavier. New Mustangs were nearly four inches longer.
New models introduced in the 1969-1970 model year were the Grande, the Mach
1, the Boss 302 and the Boss 429. The Boss 351 model was introduced in 1971.
In 1974, the Mustang II was released. It was smaller and more fuel efficient
than previous models. This was also the first year that a convertible was
not sold, and the only year that a V8 engine wasn't available.
In 1976, the Cobra II package, which added a big rear spoiler, a fake hood
scoop and blue stripes across white paint to a V8-powered fastback, was made
available. It wasn't any faster than similarly powered Mustang II's, but
it sure looked cool. The King Cobra, which was very similar to the Cobra
II, debuted in 1978. Also in 1978, Ford stopped production on the Mustang
In 1982, the Mustang lineup included the GT hatchback, as well as the more
luxurious series: L, GL and GLX. Evolving from its humble beginnings in 1982
to the hard-charging street performer of 1993, the third generation Ford
Mustang GT has gained respect as one of the most versatile and popular Mustangs
of all time. More than 450,000 of these cars were produced between 1982 and
1993. The fourth generation Mustang was introduced in December 1993 and was
way more aerodynamic than its predecessors, while still embodying the same
personality and style. The special edition SVT Cobra, made its appearance
in 1993; and in 2001, the special "Bullitt" edition Mustang GT coupe was
For the 2005 model year, Ford redesigned the Mustang for the first time
since 1994. Ford gave its iconic car a retro look with round headlights,
chrome details inside and a throaty roar when accelerating, all hearkening
back to its mid-'60s roots. Fans have been enthralled. It's 1964 all over
again! Except for the price, that is – pricing for a new Ford Mustang starts
at around $20,000. Check out all the Mustang images at carposters.us.
Teresa Frady is webmaster of several sites including CarPosters.us
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