Jul 8, 2009
Ford Mustang is one of the most popular American small car. It was introduced to the public in 1964 by the Ford Motor Company. The 1964 Mustang was based on another Ford car, the Falcon. The Falcon was not expensive to build and that helped the Mustang get the approval it needed to be built. The Mustang sold very well, becoming one of the best selling cars of all time. It would remain mostly the same until 1966.
Its first new body style came out in 1967 and its third by 1969. Bigger, more powerful engines were offered, making some Mustangs into musclecars. By 1971, the Mustang had become a very large car and sales were dropping.
A new Mustang came out in 1974. Called “Mustang II,” it was almost the same size as the original car, but emissions controls and the Arab oil embargo meant that the Mustang II was not a very powerful car, even with a V-8 engine. It was also a heavier car than the 1964-66 model.
The new Mustang that came out in 1979 may have been the most important Mustang ever. The basic design carried all the way through the 2004 model year, but with hundreds of thousands of improvements over the years. Very few parts except for some minor chassis parts stayed unchanged. The new 2005 model is the first all-new Mustang since 1979. Because the original Mustang was and is one of the most popular cars ever, Ford made the new Mustang to look very much like the first Mustangs, especially the 1967 and 1968 models. Ford and Carol Shelby recently reintroduced the GT-500 version of the Mustang. Carol Shelby played a critical role in the development of the GT-500 in the 60’s, and he also played a crucial role in the development of the Mach 1. Both models are around today and offer mustang buyer’s the choice of having superior quality and performance.