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Today is Ford Mustang Day

17 April is Ford Mustang Day.

The Ford Mustang first appeared in April 1964. The World’s Fair was taking place, and the car was Ford’s offering as the car of the future. This introduction of the Mustang also was the introduction of the first Pony Car, referring to a line of small sporty cars with sleek lines and an affordable price-tag.

Mustang sales confirmed that the car was going to become an American favourite, with well over 400,000 sales in its first year of production, an unprecedented success.

The muscle car of the time was the Thunderbird, which every serious sports car fanatic wanted. The Mustang was introduced not with the idea of replacing it, but to put the type within reach of anyone. This seemed to succeed, with more than 500 clubs dedicated to the new car coming into existence within just 3 years of its release.

60 years later more than 9 million have been sold.

Possibly the only downside was that the originals were made for the long straight roads of the US, and the bendy bits were never fun, so British/European drivers were never fans of the handling, even if they did like the looks and engines.

But, that’s all changed in recent years, as the Mustang has been reborn with modern chassis and suspension design (as have all the muscle cars of the original era – but we won’t mention them here).

A few of the locals…

Mustang GT 2015

Mustang GT 2015

 

Supercharged Mustang GT

Supercharged Mustang GT

 

2017 Ford Mustang GT Auto [82181 PE]

2017 Ford Mustang GT Auto [82181 PE]

Mustang Ecoboost

Mustang Ecoboost

There’s a truly terrible film remake made in 2000 that stole the title ‘Gone in 60 Seconds’ from the original and best, which starred my personal favourite Mustang body style in the shape of ‘Eleanor’. The original comes from the days when the film, and not some waste-of-skin celebrity actor handed millions just to appear, was still the main focus.

I even saw the original in the cinema! (One of very few I ever went to see).

You can lock your car. But if he wants it…it’s GONE IN 60 SECONDS! Insurance investigator, Maindrian Pace & his team lead double-lives as unstoppable car thieves. When a South American drug lord pays Pace to steal 48 cars for him, all but one, a 1973 Ford Mustang, are in the bag. As Pace prepares to rip-off the fastback, codenamed “Eleanor”, in Long Beach, he is unaware that his boss has tipped off the police after a business dispute. Detectives are waiting and pursue Pace through five cities as he desperately tries to get away.

The Mach 1 remains my favourite style, although I haven’t seen one for real for years.

Someone near me used to have one years ago, and it really nicely tuned V8 rumbling away inside – not unsociably loud, but you always knew when it was coming along the street.

Mustang Mach 1

Mustang Mach 1

Update

Too late for the day itself, but since some unknown fan decided to drop this in my inbox, it seemed a shame not to add it to the end.

Note that it IS actually a GB RHD creation!

Police Mustang

Police Mustang

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17/04/2019 - Posted by | Civilian, Transport | ,

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