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The Ford Mustang is an automobile manufactured by the Ford Motor Company. It was initially based on the Ford Falcon, a compact car. Production began in Dearborn, Michigan on 9 March 1964 and the car was introduced to the public on 17 April 1964 at the New York World’s Fair.

It was Ford’s most successful launch since the Model A.

Executive stylist John Najjar, who was a fan of the World War II P-51 Mustang fighter plane, suggested the name.

The Mustang created the “pony car” class of American automobile — sports car-like sedans with long hoods and short rear decks—and gave rise to competitors such as GM’s Camaro, AMC’s Javelin, and Chrysler’s revamped Barracuda. It also inspired coupés such as the Toyota Celica and Ford Capri, which were exported to America.

Mustangs grew larger and heavier with each model year until, in response to the 1971-1973 models, fans of the original 1964 design wrote to Ford urging a return to its size and concept.

Although some other pony cars have seen a revival, the Mustang is the only original pony car that has remained in production without interruption after four decades of development and revision.

First generation (1964–1973)

Conceived by Ford product manager Donald N. Frey and championed by Ford Division general manager Lee Iacocca, the Mustang prototype was a two-seat, front-mounted engine roadster. This would later be remodeled as a four-seat car penned by David Ash and John Oros in Ford’s Lincoln–Mercury Division design studios, which produced the winning design in an intramural design contest instigated by Iacocca. To cut down the development cost and achieve a suggested retail price of US$2,368, the Mustang was based heavily on familiar yet simple components. Much of the chassis, suspension, and drivetrain components were derived from the Ford Falcon and Fairlane.

The car had the the 1964 Falcon’s monocoque platform-type frame, with welded box-section side rails and cross-members.

Media exposure began on 16 April 1964 with commercials broadcast by all three American television networks to reach 29 million TV viewers, followed by announcement advertisements and publicity articles in 2,600 newspapers the next morning, the day the car was “officially” revealed. A Mustang also appeared in the James Bond film Goldfinger in September 1964, the first time the car was used in a movie.

Original sales forecasts projected less than 100,000 units for the first year, but in its first eighteen months, more than one million Mustangs were built.

Second generation (1974–1978)

The 1970s brought about more stringent pollution laws and the OPEC oil embargo. As a result, large, fuel-inefficient cars fell into disfavor, and the Pony Cars were no exception. Lee Iacocca, who became president of the Ford Motor Company in 1964 and was the driving force behind the original Mustang, ordered a smaller, more fuel-efficient Mustang for 1974. Initially it was to be based on the Ford Maverick, but ultimately was based on the Ford Pinto subcompact.

The new model was introduced two months before the first “Energy Crisis” in October 1973, and its reduced size allowed it to compete more effectively against smaller imported sports coupés such as the Japanese Toyota Celica and the European Ford Capri (then Ford-built in Germany and Britain, sold in U.S. by Mercury as a captive import car). First-year sales were 385,993 cars, compared with the original Mustang’s twelve-month sales record of 418,812.

Lee Iacocca wanted the new car, which returned the Mustang to more than a semblance of its 1964 predecessor in size, shape, and overall styling, to be finished to a high standard, saying it should be “a little jewel.” However not only was it smaller than the original car, but it was also heavier, owing to the addition of equipment needed to meet new U.S. emission and safety regulations. Performance was reduced, and despite the car’s new handling and engineering features the galloping mustang emblem “became a less muscular steed that seemed to be cantering.”

The car was available in coupé and hatchback versions. Changes introduced in 1975 included reinstatement of the 302 CID V8 option (called the “5.0 L” although its capacity was 4.94 L) and availability of an economy option called the “MPG Stallion”. Other changes in appearance and performance came with a “Cobra II” version in 1976 and a “King Cobra” in 1978.

Third generation (1979–1993)

The 1979 Mustang was based on the larger Fox platform (initially developed for the 1978 Ford Fairmont and Mercury Zephyr). The interior was restyled to accommodate four people in comfort despite a smaller rear seat. The trunk was larger, as was the engine bay, for easier service access.

Body styles included a coupé (notchback) and hatchback; a convertible was offered in 1983. Available trim levels included L, GL, GLX, LX, GT, Turbo GT, SVO (1984-86), and Cobra and Cobra R (1993).

In response to slumping sales and escalating fuel prices during the early 1980s, a new Mustang was in developement. It was to be a variant of the Mazda MX-6 assembled at AutoAlliance International in Flat Rock, Michigan. Enthusiasts wrote to Ford objecting to the proposed change to a front-wheel drive, Japanese-designed Mustang without a V8 option. The result was a major facelift of the existing Mustang in 1987, while the MX-6 variant became the 1989 Ford Probe.

Fourth generation (1994–2004)

In 1994 the Mustang underwent its first major redesign in fifteen years. Code named “SN-95” by Ford, it was based on an updated version of the rear-wheel drive Fox platform called “Fox-4.” The new styling by Patrick Schiavone incorporated several styling cues from earlier Mustangs. For the first time a notchback coupe model was unavailable.

The base model came with a 3.8 L OHV V6 (232 cid) engine rated at 145 hp (108kW; 1994-1995) or 150 hp (112 kW; 1996-1998) and was mated to a standard 5-speed manual transmission or optional 4-speed automatic. Though initially used in the 1994 and 1995 Mustang GT, Ford retired the 302 cu in (4.9 L) overhead-valve small-block V8 after nearly 40 years of use, replacing it with the newer Modular 4.6 L (281 cid) SOHC V8 in the 1996 Mustang GT. The 4.6 L V8 was initially rated at 215 hp (160 kW; 1996-1997) but was later increased to 225 hp (168 kW; 1998).

For 1999, the Mustang received Ford’s New Edge styling theme with sharper contours, larger wheel arches, and creases in its bodywork, but its basic proportions, interior design, and chassis remained the same as the previous model. The Mustang’s powertrains were carried over for 1999 but benefitted from new improvements. The standard 3.8 L V6, thanks to a new split-port induction system, now produced 190 hp (142 kW; 1999-2004)[24] while the Mustang GT’s 4.6 L V8 saw an increase in output to 260 hp (194 kW; 1999-2004), thanks to a new head design and other enhancements.

Fifth generation (2005–Present)

2005-2008 GT CoupeAt the 2004 North American International Auto Show, Ford introduced a completely redesigned Mustang, codenamed “S-197,” that was based on an all-new D2C platform for the 2005 model year. Developed under the direction of Chief Engineer Hau Thai-Tang and exterior styling designer Sid Ramnarace, the fifth-generation Mustang’s styling echoes the fastback Mustangs of the late 1960s. Ford’s senior vice president of design, J Mays, called it “retro-futurism.”

The fifth-generation Mustang is manufactured at the AutoAlliance International plant in Flat Rock, Michigan. The base model is powered by a 210 hp (157 kW) cast-iron block 4.0 L SOHC V6, which replaces the 3.8 L pushrod V6 used previously. The Mustang GT features an aluminum block 4.6 L SOHC 3-valve Modular V8 with variable camshaft timing (VCT) that produces 300 hp (224 kW). The 2005 Mustang GT has an approximate weight to power ratio of 11.5 lb/bhp. The base Mustang comes with a standard Tremec T-5 5-speed manual transmission while Ford’s own 5R55S 5-speed automatic, a Mustang first, is optional. Though the Mustang GT features the same automatic transmission as the V6 model, the Tremec T-5 manual is substituted with the heavier duty Tremec TR-3650 5-speed manual transmission to better handle the GT’s extra power.

1964 Mustang

PerformanceEngine0 to 60Quarter MileSource
Mustang289ci/271hp7.5 sec15.7 sec @ 89.0 mphMotor Trend
Mustang289ci/210hp8.9 sec17.0 sec @ 85.0 mphRoad and Track Jun 64

1965 Mustang

PerformanceEngine0 to 60Quarter MileSource
Mustang Shelby GT-35289ci/306hp6.5 sec14.9 sec @ 95.0 mphCar & Driver 5/65
Mustang 289 Hi Po289ci/271hp7.5 sec15.7 sec @ 89.0 mphSportsCar Graphic 8/64
Mustang 2+2289ci/271hp7.6 sec15.9 sec @ 89.0 mphMotor Trend
Mustang Convertible289ci/210hp8.9 sec17.0 sec @ 85.0 mphCar Life
Mustang GT350289ci/306hp7.0 sec15.7 sec @ 91.0 mphMotor Trend

1966 Mustang

PerformanceEngine0 to 60Quarter MileSource
Mustang Shelby GT-35289ci/271hp6.2 sec14.0 sec @ 92.0 mphCar Life 7/66
Mustang GT 350289ci/306hp7.3 sec15.6 sec @ 94.0 mphMotor Trend
Mustang GT 350 Hertz289ci/306hp6.6 sec15.2 sec @ 93.0 mphCar & Driver
Mustang GT 350-S289ci/390hp6.2 sec14.0 sec @ 92.0 mphCar Life

1967 Mustang

PerformanceEngine0 to 60Quarter MileSource
ShelbyGT500428ci/355hp6.2 sec14.6 sec @ 99.0 mphInternet
Mustang390ci/335hp7.1 sec15.3 sec @ 93.5 mphHot Rod
Shelby GT350289ci/306hpn/a15.5 sec @ 92.9 mphPopular Hot Rod
Mustang GTA390ci/320hpn/a15.2 sec @ 91.0 mphCar & Driver 11/66
Mustang GT289ci/271hpn/a15.9 sec @ 89.0 mphMotor Tend 5/67
Mustang GTA390ci/320hp7.4 sec15.6 sec @ 94.0 mphMotor Trend Dec 66

1968 Mustang

PerformanceEngine0 to 60Quarter MileSource
Mustang Shelby GT-5428ci/335hp6.9 sec14.6 sec @ 99.6 mphCar Life 10/68
Mustang 428 CJ428ci/335hpn/a13.2 sec @ 108.1 mphMCR Feb/Mar 1996
Mustang 428 CJ428ci/335hpn/a13.6 sec @ 106.6 mphHot Rod 3/68
Mustang Shelby GT50428ci/335hpn/a14.9 sec @ 93.9 mphMCR 12/95
Mustang390ci/335hp7.8 sec15.2 sec @ 94.0 mphMotor Trend
Mustang Convertible428ci/360hp6.5 sec14.8 sec @ 98.0 mphMotor Trend

1969 Mustang

1969 Ford Mustang Picture

PerformanceEngine0 to 60Quarter MileSource
Mustang Shelby GT-50428ci/335hp5.5 sec13.9 sec @ 103.3 mphCar Life 3/69
Mustang Super Cobra428ci/335hp5.7 sec13.9 sec @ 103.0 mphInternet
Mustang Boss 429429ci/375hp6.8 sec14.0 sec @ 103.0 mphInternet
Mustang Boss 302302ci/290hp6.9 sec14.9 sec @ 96.0 mphRoad & Track 12/91
Mustang Boss 429429ci/375hp7.1 sec14.1 sec @ 102.9 mphCar Life 7/69
Mustang Shelby GT-35351ci/290hp8.0 sec15.6 sec @ 89.1 mphCar Life 2/69
Mustang GT 500428ci/335hpn/a15.5 sec @ 90.4 mphMusclecars 5/95
Mustang Mach I 428 C428ci/335hpn/a13.7 sec @ 102.3 mphCar Craft 8/69
Mustang Mach I 428 C428ci/335hpn/a13.9 sec @ 103.3 mphCar Life 3/69
Mustang Boss 302302ci/290hp6.9 sec14.9 sec @ 96.2 mphCar Life
Mustang Boss 429429ci/375hpn/a13.3 sec @ 107.0 mphHi PerfCars 9/69
Mustang GT 500428ci/335hp6 sec14.0 sec @ 102.0 mphCar & Driver
Mustang Mach 1428ci/335hpn/a13.7 sec @ 103.4 mphPopularHot Rod

1970 Mustang

1970 Ford Mustang Picture

PerformanceEngine0 to 60Quarter MileSource
Mustang Boss 302302ci/290hp6.5 sec14.9 sec @ 96.15 mphCar Life 9/69
Mustang Boss 302302ci/290hp8.1 sec15.8 sec @ 90.0 mphMotor Trend 4/70
Mustang Boss 429429ci/375hpn/a13.6 sec @ 104.6 mphSuper Stock 6/69
Mustang Boss 429429ci/375hpn/a14.1 sec @ 102.9 mphCar Life 7/69
Mustang Boss 429429ci/375hpn/a14.5 sec @ 99.0 mphAutodriver 2/70
Mustang Boss 429429ci/375hp5.3 sec12.3 sec @ 112.0 mphMotor Trend
Mustang Boss 429429ci/375hpn/a13.6 sec @ 104.7 mphSS
Mustang Mach 1351ci/300hp8.2 sec16.0 sec @ 86.2 mphMotor Trend
Mustang Mach 1428ci/335hpn/a14.0 sec @ 98.89 mphPopularHot Rod
Mustang Mach 1351ci/300hpn/a15.2 sec @ 94.33 mphCar Craft

1971 Mustang

PerformanceEngine0 to 60Quarter MileSource
Mustang Boss 351351ci/330hp5.8 sec13.9 sec @ 102.0 mphInternet
Mustang Boss 351351ci/330hp5.8 sec14.1 sec @ 100.6 mphCar & Driver 2/71
Mustang Boss 351351ci/330hp5.8 sec13.8 sec @ 104.0 mphCar & Driver
Mustang Mach 1429ci/370hp6.5 sec14.6 sec @ 96.80 mphCar & Driver

1972 Mustang

PerformanceEngine0 to 60Quarter MileSource
Mustang Boss 3516.2 sec14.4 secEstimate

1973 Mustang

PerformanceEngine0 to 60Quarter MileSource
Mustang351ci/248hp8.9 sec16.3 secInternet

1974 Mustang

PerformanceEngine0 to 60Quarter MileSource
Mustang Mustang II2.8L/105hp13.8 sec19.4 sec @ 70.5 mphInternet
Mustang Mustang II2.8L/105hp14.2 sec18.8 secInternet
Mustang Mustang II2.3L/85hp15.6 sec19.4 secInternet

1975 Mustang

PerformanceEngine0 to 60Quarter MileSource
Mustang Mustang II302ci/139hp10.5 sec17.9 sec @ 77.0 mphInternet
Mustang Mustang II302ci/139hp9.6 sec17.5 secInternet

1976 Mustang

PerformanceEngine0 to 60Quarter MileSource
Mustang Mustang II302ci/139hp10.5 sec17.9 sec @ 77.0 mphInternet

1977 Mustang

PerformanceEngine0 to 60Quarter MileSource
Mustang Mustang II302ci/139hp11.3 sec17.7 secInternet

1978 Mustang

PerformanceEngine0 to 60Quarter MileSource
Mustang Mustang II302ci/139hp11.2 sec16.56 sec @ 82.4 mphInternet

1979 Mustang

PerformanceEngine0 to 60Quarter MileSource
Mustang302ci8.3 sec17.0 sec @ 84.8 mphInternet
Mustang2.3L Turbo9.1 sec17.4 sec @ 82.0 mphInternet

1980 Mustang

PerformanceEngine0 to 60Quarter MileSource
Mustang Cobra255ci11.3 sec18.4 secInternet

1981 Mustang

PerformanceEngine0 to 60Quarter MileSource
Mustang M81 McLaren2.3L Turbo9.7 sec17.3 secInternet

1982 Mustang

PerformanceEngine0 to 60Quarter MileSource
Mustang GT302ci/157hp8.0 sec16.3 secRoad & Track 1/82

1983 Mustang

PerformanceEngine0 to 60Quarter MileSource
Mustang GT8.0 sec16.3 secEstimate

1984 Mustang

PerformanceEngine0 to 60Quarter MileSource
Mustang SVO7.5 sec15.5 sec @ 90.0 mphInternet
Mustang SVO140ci/176hp7.7 sec15.9 sec @ 87.4 mphMotor Trend 8/84
Mustang SVO7.9 sec15.8 secInternet

1985 Mustang

PerformanceEngine0 to 60Quarter MileSource
Mustang GT6.4 sec14.9 secCar & Driver Jan 85
Mustang GT302ci/210hp7.1 sec15.5 sec @ 89.7 mphMotor Trend 10/84

1986 Mustang

PerformanceEngine0 to 60Quarter MileSource
Mustang GT302ci/210hp6.7 sec15.3 secInternet

1987 Mustang

PerformanceEngine0 to 60Quarter MileSource
Mustang GT302ci/225hp6.4 sec14.4 secAutomobile Apr 87
Mustang GT302ci/225hp6.5 sec15.1 sec @ 94.1 mphMotor Trend 11/89

1988 Mustang

PerformanceEngine0 to 60Quarter MileSource
Mustang GT302ci/230hp7.1 sec15.6 sec @ 91.5 mphMotor Trend 9/88
Mustang6.4 sec15.0 secMotor Trend Jan 88

1989 Mustang

PerformanceEngine0 to 60Quarter MileSource
Mustang Saleen SC302ci/292hp5.9 sec14.2 sec @ 98.0 mphCar & Driver 5/89
Mustang GT 5.0L302ci/225hp6.2 sec14.8 secMotor Trend Jan 89
Mustang LX302ci/225hp6.6 sec15.4 sec @ 91.5 mphMotor Trend 11/89
Mustang GT302ci/225hp7.2 sec15.8 sec @ 92.8 mphMotor Trend 1/88

1990 Mustang

PerformanceEngine0 to 60Quarter MileSource
Mustang GT Roush Twi351ci/375hp5.8 sec14.5 sec @ 100.7 mphMotor Trend 1/91
Mustang LX 5.0L6.4 sec14.9 secInternet

1991 Mustang

PerformanceEngine0 to 60Quarter MileSource
Mustang LX302ci/225hp6.2 sec14.8 sec @ 96 mphMotor Trend 7/90
Mustang GT7.3 sec15.6 secInternet

1992 Mustang

PerformanceEngine0 to 60Quarter MileSource
Mustang LX 5.0L6.2 sec14.8 secInternet
Mustang LX302ci/225hp7.1 sec15.5 sec @ 90.0 mphRoad & Track 12/91

1993 Mustang

PerformanceEngine0 to 60Quarter MileSource
Mustang Cobra5.9 sec14.5 sec @ 98.0 mphInternet
Mustang Cobra302ci/240hp6.0 sec14.6 sec @ 95.6 mphMotor Trend 6/93
Mustang GT302ci/205hp8.0 sec16.1 sec @ 85.1 mphMotor Trend 5/93
Mustang Cobra302ci/245hpn/a14.3 sec @ 96.64 mphMCR 12/97

1994 Mustang

PerformanceEngine0 to 60Quarter MileSource
Mustang Cobra302ci/215hp5.4 sec14 secInternet
Mustang Cobra302ci/215hp5.9 sec14.5 sec @ 98.0 mphInternet
Mustang GT302ci/215hp6.7 sec15.1 secInternet
Mustang GT (Converti302ci/215hpn/a15.9 sec @ 87.0 mphPopHot Rodding 7/94
Mustang GT302ci/215hpn/a14.9 sec @ 95.0 mphPopHot Rodding 3/94

1995 Mustang

PerformanceEngine0 to 60Quarter MileSource
Mustang Saleen S351351ci/480hp4.9 sec13.2 sec @ 111.9 mphRoad & Track 6/95
Mustang Cobra R5.2 sec13.8 secInternet
Mustang Cobra5.9 sec14.5 sec @ 98.0 mphInternet
Mustang GT7.4 sec15.8 sec @ 88.2 mphRoad & Track 6/95
Mustang Cobra R351ci/300hpn/a13.7 sec @ 102.8 mphMCR 8/95
Mustang 3.8L9.9 sec17.3 secInternet

1996 Mustang

PerformanceEngine0 to 60Quarter MileSource
Mustang Cobra Kenne280ci/392hp4.8 sec13.2 sec @ 109.4 mphMotor Trend 3/96
Mustang Cobra Jet R373ci/350hp5.2 sec13.3 sec @ 106.7 mphMotor Trend 11/96
Mustang Saleen S351351ci/480hp5.2 sec13.4 sec @ 119.3 mphMotor Trend 4/96
Mustang Cobra DOHC280ci/305hp5.5 sec14.0 sec @ 101.7 mphCar Craft 10/95
Mustang Cobra DOHC C280ci/305hp5.6 sec13.9 sec @ 102.1 mphMotor Trend 7/96
Mustang Cobra DOHC280ci/305hp5.9 sec14.4 sec @ 99.1 mphRoad & Track
Mustang Cobra DOHC280ci/305hp6.4 sec14.0 sec @ 102.0 mphCar & Driver 12/95
Mustang Saleen S281280ci/222hp6.9 sec15.3 sec @ 89.8 mphMotor Trend 8/96
Mustang Cobra DOHC280ci/305hpn/a14.1 sec @ 101.1 mphHot Rod 2/96
Mustang Cobra DOHC280ci/305hpn/a14.1 sec @ 100.0 mphHigh Tech 5/96

1997 Mustang

PerformanceEngine0 to 60Quarter MileSource
Mustang Cobra DOHC280ci/305hp5.5 sec14.0 sec @ 101.1 mphMotor Trend 9/97
Mustang4.6L/305hp5.8 sec14.3 sec @ 100.3 mphRoad & Track 1997 Sp & GT

1998 Mustang

PerformanceEngine0 to 60Quarter MileSource
Mustang Cobra DOHC280ci/305hp5.7 sec14.2 sec @ 99.5 mphRoad & Track 11/97
Mustang4.6L/225hp6.8 sec15.3 sec @ 91.7 mphRoad & Track 1998 Sp & GT

1999 Mustang

PerformanceEngine0 to 60Quarter MileSource
Mustang Cobra SVT4.6L/320hp5.4 sec13.9 secInternet
Mustang GT4.6L/320hp5.5 sec14.1 secInternet

2000 Mustang

PerformanceEngine0 to 60Quarter MileSource
Mustang4.6L/320hp5.4 sec13.9 secEstimate

2001 Mustang

PerformanceEngine0 to 60Quarter MileSource
Mustang Roush Stage4.3 sec12.9 secInternet
Mustang Cobra SVT4.6L/320hp4.8 sec13.2 sec @ 109.1 mphRoad & Track 2001 Sp>
Mustang4.6L/265hp5.8 sec14.3 sec @ 98.9 mphRoad & Track Dec 2001
Mustang4.6L/260hp6.0 sec14.7 sec @ 96.4 mphRoad & Track Dec 2001

2002 Mustang

PerformanceEngine0 to 60Quarter MileSource
Mustang4.6L/390hp4.9 sec13.3 secEstimate

2003 Mustang

PerformanceEngine0 to 60Quarter MileSource
Mustang Cobra SVT4.5 sec12.9 secInternet
Mustang Mach 15.6 sec13.2 secMotor Trend Feb 05
Mustang4.6L/390hp4.9 sec13.3 sec @ 108.1 mphRoad and Track Aug 2002

2004 Mustang

PerformanceEngine0 to 60Quarter MileSource
Mustang Cobra SVT4.5 sec12.9 secInternet
Mustang GT6.3 sec14.8 secInternet

2005 Mustang

PerformanceEngine0 to 60Quarter MileSource
Mustang GT 4.6L4.6L/300hp5.1 sec13.5 secMotor Trend Jan 05
Mustang GT Convertib4.6L/300hp5.2 sec13.8 secMotor Trend Apr 05
Mustang LX 4.0L4.0L/210hp6.8 sec15.3 secCar & Driver Feb 05
Mustang GT 4.6L4.6L/300hp5.3 sec13.9 sec @ 101.4 mphRoad and Track Dec 04

2006 Mustang

PerformanceEngine0 to 60Quarter MileSource
Mustang GT 4.6L4.6L/300hp5.1 sec13.5 secEstimate

2007 Mustang

PerformanceEngine0 to 60Quarter MileSource
Mustang GT 4.6L4.6L/300hp5.1 sec13.5 secEstimate

2008 Mustang

PerformanceEngine0 to 60Quarter MileSource
Mustang GT 4.6L4.6L/300hp5.1 sec13.5 secEstimate

2009 Mustang


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