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The Ford Mustang is an automobile by the Ford Motor Company, based on the Ford Falcon The first production Mustang off the assembly line in Dearborn, on March 9, 1964, and was introduced to the at the New York World’s Fair on 17, 1964, via all three American networks on April 19, and made an in the James Bond film (film) in September of 1964. It was one of the successful product launches in history. The Mustang sold one million units in its first 18 on the market. The Mustang created a new car class of cars by adapting the hood, short deck of sports cars to compact It spawned many competitors as the Camaro, and inspired smaller coupes such as the Toyota and Ford Capri. The Mustang has in continuous production to present day many decades and numerous

First generation (1964–1973)

conceived by Ford product Donald N. Frey and championed by Division general manager Lee the Mustang prototype was a two-seat, roadster. This would be remodeled as a four-seat car penned by Ash and John Oros in Ford’s Division design studios, produced the winning design in an design contest called by To cut down the development cost, the was based heavily on familiar, yet components. Much of the chassis, and drivetrain components were from the Ford Falcon and The car had a unitized platform-type frame, was taken from the 1964 and welded box-section side including five welded

Although hardtop Mustangs the majority of the sales, durability with the new frame led to the unusual of engineering the (necessarily less convertible first, which adequate stiffness. Overall of the Mustang and Falcon was identical, the Mustang’s wheelbase was slightly With an overall width of in (1732 mm), it was 2.4 in (61 mm) narrower, yet the track was nearly identical. weight, about 2570 lb kg) with the six-cylinder engine, was similar. A fully-equipped V8 model about 3000 lb (1360 Though most of the mechanical were taken directly the Falcon, the Mustang’s body was completely different; sporting a wheelbase, wider track, seating position, and overall An industry first, the torque box was an structural system that stiffened the Mustang’s construction and contribute to better handling.


1966 Ford coupeSince it was introduced five before the normal start of the year, this first has become widely known, incorrectly, as the 1964 1/2 model. A accurate description is the early model, as the car underwent several changes at the start of the regular year. All the early cars, were touted as 1965 The base model hardtop its 170 inі straight-6 engine and three-speed transmission listed for US$2,368.

minor changes to the Mustang at the start of the normal 1965 year production, five after its introduction. These are known as late 65’s, and built from April September. First, there was an complete change to the engine The I6 engine made way for a new 200 inі version produced 120 hp (89 kW). Production of the 260 inі ceased with the traditional end of the model year. It was replaced a new 200 hp (150 kW) 289 inі engine with a carburetor as the base V8. A 225 hp (168 kW) carbureted version was next in followed by the unchanged Hi-Po 271 hp kW) 289. The DC electrical generator was by a new AC alternator on all Fords (the way to distinguish a 1964 1/2 from a is to see if the alternator light on the dash GEN or ALT).

The now-famous Mustang GT was as the GT Equipment Package and included a V8 (most often the 225 hp (168 kW) grille-mounted fog lamps, rocker stripes, and disc brakes. A carbureted engine was now available any body style. Additionally, lights were an option to the car in 1965. The Mustang was originally as either a hardtop or convertible, but the car’s early design a fastback model was strongly The Mustang 2+2 fastback made its debut with its swept-back glass and distinctive ventilation

The standard interior features of the Mustang included adjustable and passenger bucket seats, an AM and a floor mounted shifter in a of color options. Throughout the model year, Ford to add to the Mustang’s interior options. The Decor Group was popularly as Pony Interior due to the addition of running ponies on the seat and also included integral wood-grain appliquй accents, and a gauge cluster that replace the standard Ford instrumentation. Also available sun visors, a (mechanical) remote-operated a floor console, and a bench Ford would later an under-dash air-conditioning unit, and the vinyl with cloth seat option, offered in early 1965 models.

The Mustang debuted with trim changes including a new side ornamentation, wheel and gas cap. Additionally, an automatic for the Hi-Po, a large number of new and interior color options, an sound system, and one of the first monaural automobile radios offered. The 1966 Mustang did with the Falcon instrument and made the previously option-only gauges and padded sun visors equipment.

Although similar in the 1965 and 1966 Mustangs a few visual exterior clues differentiate the two model years. the differences is the emblem on the quarter-panels the doors. In 1965 the emblem is a vertical piece of chrome, in 1966 the emblem was smaller in and had three horizontal bars from the design, resembling an E. The intake grilles and ornaments also different. The 1965 grille used a honeycomb while the 1966 version was a style. While both years used the Horse and emblem on the grille, the ’65 had bars extending from side of the corral, while on the these bars were

It is always easy to mix up the Mustangs from first production to the 66 The 1964 [tech. 1964 and 65 Mustang included the trademark pattern grill. As the 66 sustained the line. That makes it a detection.


1968 Mustang GT C/SThe 1967 year would see the first of the many major redesigns the installation of big-block V8 engines in The overall size was increased, as was the space. Exterior trim included concave taillights, scoop (1967) and chrome side ornamentation, square mirrors, along with the yearly wheel and gas cap changes. The 289 option now took a supporting on the option sheet behind a 320 hp (239 kW) 390 inі (6.4 L) engine from the Thunderbird, which was with a four-barrel carburetor. 390 with 4-speed manual of the day were recording quarter times of mid 13-seconds, with speeds of over 105 mph (168 A drag racer for the street a stand during the middle of the model year, as the 428 inі (7.0 L) Jet engine officially rated at 335 hp kW).

The interior was more due to an increase in the overall size of the 1967-68 did away with the Interior in favor of a new deluxe package, which included color options, brushed steel (1967) or woodgrain trim, seat buttons, a steering wheel, and special paneling. The air-conditioning option was integrated into the dash, the and stereo were upgraded, and center and overhead consoles options. The fastback version had a down seat, and the convertible was with folding glass

The 1968 Mustang fastback pop culture status when it was to great effect in the crime Bullitt. Lt. Frank Bullitt, by legendary actor Steve drove a modified Mustang fastback, chasing two hitmen in a Charger in the film’s famous car through the streets of San Francisco.

The California Special Mustang, or was visually based on the Shelby and was only in the Western states. Its the High Country Special was in Denver. While the GT/CS was available in coupe form, the Country Special was available in a and convertible version in 1967 and as a coupe in 1968.

The industry

In the Mustang’s first two years of three Ford Motor plants in Milpitas, California; Michigan; and Metuchen, New Jersey nearly 1.5 million Mustangs. It was a success that left Motors utterly unprepared and the Corporation only slightly so. Chrysler had just introduced the Barracuda a few weeks before, and the ‘Cuda would grow one of the most revered muscle of all time, it started out at as just a Valiant with a hastily fastback rear window. As for GM, were certain that had a Mustang fighter in the rear-engine Monza, but sales figures even come close.

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The was a fine performer, but it lacked a V8 and its reputation had been tarnished by Nader. It took GM until the model year to counter the Chevrolet Camaro and Pontiac Even Lincoln-Mercury joined the in 1967 with the introduction of an Mustang (and subsequent Trend Car of the Year), the Mercury The Cougar name had originally given to the Mustang during the phase. In 1968, American (AMC) would introduce the and later, the 2-seat high-performance This genre of small, and often powerful automobiles was dubbed the pony car as a tribute to the car started it all.


Ford Mustang Mach 1 EditionThe Mustang’s 1969 gained 3.8 inches of body and was the first to use quad headlamps inside and outside the grille The 1969 model featured a 302 inі V8 at 220 hp (164 kW). The coupe was than previous models and convex rather than side panels. The new Mach 1, a variety of new powerplants added muscle car styling and performance It had dual exhausts, handling with styled-steel wheels and Polyglas tires with white lettering. Reflective was placed along the body with a pop-off gas cap, hood with simulated air and NASCAR-style cable and pin tiedowns. A shaker hood scoop visibly vibrated by being directly to the air cleaner through a in the hood was available, as were a wing and chin spoilers and window louvered blackout The Boss 302 Mustang was created for Am rules, The Boss 429 was also with a larger engine.

The 1970 model moved the inside the grille opening. Boss featured distinctive stripes, and Ford fielded a Am series Boss 302 team won the series and helped drive


1972 Ford Mach 1The Mustang larger and heavier with passing year, culminating the 1971 to 1973 models under the supervision of Ford’s new design manager, Semon Knudsen, originally of General Knudsen’s turn at the helm see the last high-performance big-block 1971’s 375 hp (280 kW) 429 Super Jet. Ford originally to install a 460 in the Mustang as well. that very same style that was designed for the purpose of big-block installation was limited to a maximum of 351 inі (5.8 L) in and 1973 due to extremely strict emission control regulations and low for big block muscle cars of high insurance premiums. Two high-performance engines were in 1972; the 351 HO and the 351 Cobra Jet. cars were excellent but nowhere near the level of the cars and original Cobra Car companies switched from to net power and torque ratings in which coincided with making low-compression motors different, far more restrictive systems. Thus, making it to compare power and torque

Very much a different car the original 1964 model, was deluged with mail fans of the original car who demanded the Mustang be returned to its original and concept. Upon taking the presidency of Ford Motor in December, 1970, Lee Iacocca the development of a smaller Mustang for introduction with initial calling for the downsized Mustang to be on the compact Ford Maverick, was similar in size and power to the upon which the original had been based. Those were later scrapped in of an even smaller Mustang on the subcompact Ford Pinto in to better compete with the sporty import coupes as the Toyota Celica and Ford then built by Ford of and Britain, with the German sold in the U.S. through dealers as a captive import in 1970.

A red Mustang Mach 1 in the main car chase sequence of the James Bond film Are Forever, where it is pursued by cars along the Las Vegas The most memorable scene is Bond tilts the car onto two to drive it along a narrow

A black on yellow fastback, Eleanor, is the star of the climactic car chase in the 1974 cult hit in 60 Seconds.

Second generation

Also called Ford II

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