Which Ford Mustang Was the Greatest Ford Mustang?


After I was a sophomore in highschool, my pal Chris Hartman requested me to accompany him to promenade. I donned a pink one-shouldered costume with fringe that swayed once I walked and lengthy white gloves and he picked him up in his 1966 Ford Mustang. It was pale inexperienced with a glasspack muffler; that factor was loud. On daily basis when the bell rang on the finish of the lunch hour, the entire faculty may hear him coming from the subsequent block over. I liked it.

Tomorrow is the Ford Mustang‘s 58th birthday, so let’s take a second to have fun this iconic automotive and all of its iterations. Which is your favourite Mustang and why?

First unveiled on April 17, 1964 on the World’s Honest in Flushing Meadows, New York, Lee Iacocca’s imaginative and prescient for the Mustang was a success proper out of the gate. Provided with three engine selections, 22,000 examples of the Mustang had been snapped up on the very first day. Even three days earlier than that on April 14, Jap Provincial Airways pilot Stanley Tucker fell in love with it and satisfied a Ford dealership in St. John’s, Newfoundland to promote him the VIN 001 Mustang forward of the official launch.

After that first mannequin yr, the Mustang began to develop in dimension by way of the top of the ’60s. By the early ’70s, followers began to complain the horse automotive was getting too plump and Ford responded with Mustang II, which was primarily based on a stretched Pinto platform. Whereas that may sound like an odd alternative now, that led to a banner yr for the mannequin and 386,000 had been offered in 1974. The Fox physique Mustang adopted and was changed in 1987 with new aero-themed styling. In 1994, the Mustang harnessed its first-generation roots and a few of these parts echo into the newest fashions.

Even in spite of everything these years, the Mustang continues to be going sturdy. Mustang retail orders almost doubled in 2021 in comparison with 2020. And whereas some cried foul on the inclusion of the Mach-e within the Mustang household, it is flying off showroom flooring. In 2021, the Blue Oval offered greater than 27,000 Mach-e items in its first mannequin yr, which is about half as lots of the Mustang muscle vehicles that had been offered. For a brand new mannequin, particularly an EV model, that is noteworthy.

I am nonetheless an enormous fan of the first-generation Mustang, perhaps due to the reminiscence of my pal’s loud 1966 mannequin blasting by way of the highschool parking zone. Which one do you assume is one of the best?

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