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The Beginnings of the Ford Mustang

The Beginnings of the Ford Mustang
by: Matthew Bailey

1964 Ford Mustang Fastback
By Sicnag (1964 Ford Mustang Fastback) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

It’s the early Sixties and the Ford Motor Company wants to add a vehicle that will appeal to the younger generations of America, but still have all the qualities of a true Ford. Enter Lee Iacocca (who later rebuilt the Chrysler Corporation in ’78.) Iacocca was recruited into Ford in 1946 in the engineering department, however, he soon found out that engineering was not for him and subsequently asked to join Ford’s marketing department where his career and reputation skyrocketed.

Lee Iacocca came up with several slogans that Ford used throughout the years including “$56 a month for a ’56 Ford,” but is probably known best for the Ford Mustang. Lee finished the final Mustang design just in time for the 1964 World’s Fair on April 17, 1964. It was an immediate success.

The Mustang was released to the public later that year and was such a hit that dealerships reported having to call the police to come and remove people from the sales floor because there weren’t enough Mustangs available, which caused people to get angry. At another dealership a customer insisted that he sleep in a Mustang overnight to guarantee that he’d get to buy one the next day. In California, a major pileup accident occurred due to an overturned semi. The driver of the semi had apparently been so focused on the Mustangs sitting outside the dealership that he missed the red light and struck an oncoming garbage truck. In the first eighteen months of production over a million Mustangs were sold.

Ford’s Mustang was also featured in several prominent movies including Goldfinger in 1964 and Steve McQueen’s Bullitt in 1968. Unfortunately though, 1974 saw the Mustang turn into an economical two-door car as it saw so many other cars do that year. 1974 was the beginning of OPEC and the “energy crisis” which effectively ended the era of raw muscle cars. But the Mustang did manage to win Motor Trend’s Car of the Year Award. However, four years later came the King Cobra, Ford’s fastest Mustang for the late ’70s and rival to Pontiac’s Firebird.

The 1980’s introduced America to the Foxbody Mustang, which was on Car and Driver’s Ten Best list in 1983, 1987, and 1988. Most Mustang fans agree that the 1980’s had the worst styling that the Mustang’s had ever received. It wasn’t until 1994 that the Mustang got a complete overhaul, which gave it a much more modern look that hinted back to its original heritage. The Mustang was also the official pace car for the 1994 Indianapolis 500 race. Mustang also got new engines. In 1994 and ’95 Ford still had some left over 5.0L engines used in the Foxbody Mustangs and so a few production vehicles received the 5.0. But, for the other ones it was the revolutionary 281 CID 4.6L V8 or the 3.8L for the V6 models. Ford still uses this 4.6L today in its Mustangs, although it has been modified a bit giving it a 55 horsepower gain in the 2009 models compared to the 1994.

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Ford Mustang History

Ford Mustang history

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1964 Ford Mustang Muscle Car
By GPS 56 from New Zealand (1964 Mustang) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
The first generation Ford Mustang was introduced to the public in 1964 at the World Exhibition in New York in 1964. The first generation Mustang entry preceding two concept cars. The concept car had its power from an engine V4, and served two. This machine was launched in 1962. The second prototype was created in 1963 to life, and there were four passengers. The Mustang was introduced in 1964 when, together, a number of properties on the Ford Falcon. The Mustang started the coupe or convertible into life. He was 181.6 cm long. The Mustang gets energy from a wide range of engines. Engines were 2.8-liter general valve, 3.3-liter a general valve, a 4.3-liter V8 OHV, a 4.7-liter V8 and four cylinder engines and 289 in the last four 289 barrel. All engines except the last, was fitted with 3 mechanical gearboxes, and the latter was equipped with four.

The concept car had its power from an engine V4, and served two. This machine was launched in 1962. The second prototype was created in 1963 to life, and there were four passengers. The Mustang was introduced in 1964 when, together, a number of properties on the Ford Falcon. The Mustang started the coupe or convertible into life. He was 181.6 cm long. The Mustang gets energy from a wide range of engines. Engines were 2.8-liter general valve, 3.3-liter a general valve, a 4.3-liter V8 OHV, a 4.7-liter V8 and four cylinder engines and 289 in the last four 289 barrel. All engines except the last, was fitted with 3 mechanical gearboxes, and the latter was equipped with four manual transmission. In 1965, the Ford Mustang GT version is the line up next year, Ford has some more color choices.

The second-generation Mustang made its debut in 1967. The new Mustang was more than 2 inches larger then its predecessor, the mask opening the car was a little, it would be better taillights and the rear window was plastic. The new Mustang was powered by a 200 cubic inch six-cylinder, where a selection of over 200, 225 and K 271horsepower-code 289 V8 engines have more power.

The third generation Mustang made its debut in 1969 and had four headlights, a nice nose. The new vehicle has a range of machines from which it could draw strength. The entrance was 200 six engine, and we could get a Mustang with a text 250 to six. It also has 5.8-liter V8. To compete on the track Mustang came with the car boss edition in 1969. In 1971, the fourth generation Mustang came on the market.
The new car developed an engine with a 250 six, A 302, two 351s and two new engines, made the delivery of the securities Cobra Jet and Super Cobra Jet. In the year 1973 was the only change to the Mustang, the change in engine performance.

The fifth generation of the Ford Mustang on the market came in 1975. The new car was lower in the old size and lighter than the music. The new car takes effect from four cylinder engines and is available in sedan and coupe. In 1975 a V8 was the line-up engines Mustang Incorporated. MPS is also cut, the line-up included. In 1976, a new V8 engines are available.

In 1979, the sixth-generation Mustang, click on the road. It came in two versions, a coupe or backward sedan. The new car has more interior space for passengers. The new Mustang drew its strength from one of these three engines, an engine of 2.3 liter, SOHC, a 2.8-liter V6 Cologne and 4.9-liter V8. In 1980, changes have been the engines offered in the Mustang. Away from the line 2.8-V6-liter and 4.9-liter V8 in the 3.3-V6 liter. In 1981, the 4.9-liter V8 engine was a 5.0-liter V8 engine and the Mustang is present in L, GL and GLX versions are available. The sixth generation-Ford Mustang has been replaced by seventh-car production in 1994. The car was a two-door version of the coupe and convertible. The car could use its power under 3.8-liter Essex V6 engine or 5.0-liter V8. In 1999, the eighth generation Mustang made its debut. There were changes Mustangs engine of 3.8 liter V6 engine and 4,6-V8 liter.

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