Emerging as a four seater and then a two seater concept in 1963, the Ford Mustang stepped into the light as another chapter in the company’s already wide success. Based on the platform of one of Ford’s other compact models, the Mustang wore a sporty body with updated interior styling. Originally sold in 1964 as a coupe and convertible, the Mustang was available with a inline six-cylinder engine producing 101 hp, or a 260 cubic inch, 164 hp V8. Since then, the iconic fastback body style and numerous powerplant variations and trim lines have followed the Mustang through its six generations.
Over the course of Mustang history, Carroll Shelby has influenced and improved Ford’s design. In 1965, the Mustang GT350 began production. They were delivered to Shelby in white, ready for modification. His team of California customizers installed modified 289 cubic inch V8s, tweaked to churn out 307 hp along with other performance modifications. In 1967, the GT500 Cobra was added as a more powerful version of the Ford Mustang, and was capable of pushing out 355 hp. In addition to the production GT500, one concept car, the GT500 “Super Snake,” was dreamed up by Shelby. A 427 cubic inch racing engine was installed in the Mustang concept, turning out an impressive 650 hp.
In 1969, the Mustang Boss 302 represented a special edition of the model with modified side air scoops, front architecture, and the introduction of the 302 cubic inch V8 with 290 hp. The displacement of the engine was chosen purely for homologation purposes in several racing categories. Looking forward to the fifth generation, a tribute to the original Boss 302 was built from 2012-2013. Several other option packages are available on Mustangs, such as the Mach 1 package on 1969-1978 cars, and the GT option from Ford, which is still offered today.
In addition to its popularity on the road, the Mustang has gained notoriety on the screen in various roles most notably from its appearance in the Gone in 60 Seconds movies. Originally a 1971 Mustang in the 1974 filming, the car dubbed “Eleanor” was the first car in film history to be listed as a member of the cast in the film’s credits.. In 2000, a remake of the film was made, and a modified 1967 fastback played Eleanor with Nicholas Cage.
The Ford Mustang for 2015 is the first in the lineup to feature independent rear suspension. Up to 2014, all Mustangs have housed a live rear axle, a design choice regarded by many as archaic and primitive given what European design has done to influence the market.The sixth generation model hints back to its ancestry in profile shape, taillights, and fascia, while integrating the modern design motifs of the brand.
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