50 Years and One Millionth Mustang
What was billed as “The Unexpected,” the light weight All American compact car, that kicked started the “Pony Car” segment launched back in 1964 on April 17th. This very car was also famously known as “the 1964 ½ (64 and a half) Ford Mustang (Sean Penn in Oliver Stone’s classic “U-Turn). Right from the beginning Mustang was dubbed as “Iconic.” Its revolutionary design “The long hood and short tail” is still today is known as the (if not, patent) sports car design formula.
Fast-forward to this date and on 17th April 17, 2013, Ford recorded a history by producing “One Millionth” Ruby Red Mustang GT convertible with a black interior at Ford’s Flat Rock Assembly Plant at Michigan, USA. Off course, great news for Ford and its crew as they witnessed the highs and lows of Mustang that is reaching towards its 50 year mark. And this time around the forth coming Mustang expected to break new grounds by for the first time incorporating (IRS) Independent Rear Suspension by dropping the 50-year-old “live rear Axle” tech. Essentially, expected this time that Ford is getting away from its present “retro-futurism” design theme to towards more fresh totally futuristic design from its inspirational EVOS concept unveiled in September 2011 at the Frankfurt auto show. Soon after the launch of Mustang in 1964 it saw the emergence of Chevrolet Camaro and Dodge Challenger as its most fierce rivals. And bless this rivalry that today the fans are able to see the best-of, from “The Big Three” getting better and hotter each time. Yet, Mustang is special in every sense. It had inspired a generation over generations. It’s been said that in America not a singular Mustang is same. Meaning every individual customer who bought the Mustang had customized it to the personal preference making it unique and exclusive. From aftermarket tires and wheel’s package to engine upgrade. However, the most crucially and critically revered part is its exhaust’s soundtrack.
In 2012-2013, Ford reintroduced the famous 1970 Trans Am series inspired Mustang “Boss 302” nameplate belting out 444 horsepower from its Hi-Po 302 Ti-VCT V8 engine, and it’s race track variant “Boss 302 Laguna Seca Edition” as a top model. The production was limited to 8000 units only and even though 2013 is not over yet, however, this Boss 302 inventories are over and sold out already long back! Then there is an army of aftermarket car tuners. Among them famous one are Roush and Saleen. However, it’s the Shelby that remains close to Ford’s heart and its own SVT team that collaborated and made a remarkable 5.8l V8 Supercharged with monster 662 horsepower Shelby GT 500, Mustang capable of reaching 200Mph!
Over the years due to the-over-the-moon popularity Mustang appeared in many Hollywood movies. There are multiple appearances in James Bond’s flicks: Starting from Goldfinger moving on to Diamonds are Forever, also in The Thomas Crown Affair. The Eleanor Mustang (a 1968 Shelby GT500, reproduced by classic re-creations, also an independent automaker available here in Dubai as well), in Gone in 60 seconds, with Nicholas Cage on the driving seat. The unforgettable chase through the streets of San Francisco with Dodge Challenger and Steve McQueen on board. One can always buy BULLITT edition Mustang (in signature Highland Green color only).
Recently, the last starring was seen in a high speed J-turn Mustang GT 5.0 driven by Ryan Gosling in Drive, chased by Chrysler 300C. I don’t remember the count of times I have watched this particular scene. Thanks to modern HD quality of sound and vision the whole experience is awesome! The list of roles and Mustang appearances can go as long as 500 + movies. Furthermore, Ford Mustang was acquired by (CHP) California Highway Patrol’s SSP (Special Service Package) with a special sedan/Coupe body based on the Fox Platform was a lightweight police car. Ford introduced this Mustang to the officials as “This Ford chases Porsches for a living”!
As 2014½ drawing closer to 50 years milestone, the heartbeats of the fans are getting faster. I can only draw similarity if anyone can recall Y2K bug. There are many spy pics floating over the net, some confirming the IRS installed present day Mustang mules other suggesting the forth coming clay models, but the roaring excitement is enough to bring Mustang-fever to a Mustang aficionado.