How the Ford Mustang Works

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Strap in for the thrilling story of America's best-loved sporty car, the Ford Mustang.

As you'll see in the previews at the bottom of this page, we've assembled a wide array of articles that track the Ford Mustang from the wild experimental two-seater of 1962 all the way to today's newest models. We also invite you to check out Consumer Guide's expert reviews, prices, and more on the 2007 Ford Mustang, on used Mustangs dating to 1990, and on hundreds of other new cars and trucks.

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Fact-packed and inviting to look at, our historial look at the Ford Mustang is as fascinating as the car it chronicles. These articles are enhanced by hundreds of photographs, many never before available on the Internet, that bring a sense of discovery to every element of the captivating tale of the Mustang.

Go inside Ford's secret styling studios to glimpse designs for Mustangs that became realities and ones that died on the drawing board. Scores of stirring color portraits celebrate the most desirable production Mustangs ever. The craze began with the 1965 Ford Mustang, which connected with America's youthful spirit and produced a whole new automotive segment: the pony car.

View the Mustang muscle cars that followed, including the Ford Mustang 428 Cobra Jet, the Shelby Cobra GT-500KR, and the mighty Mustang Boss 429. Reconsider Lee Iacocca's downsized Mustang II of the mid-1970s. And see how the car regained its winning form starting with the 1979 Mustang, featuring new styling and good-old V-8 power.

Follow Mustang's development through the 1990s, with evermore-roadworthy and value-packed versions, such as the 1996 SVT Cobra, with its twincam V-8, and the 2003 Mustang Mach 1, complete with "shaker" hood scoop. Cars like these helped Mustang outsell and outlive the archrival Chevrolet Camaro as America's premier affordable performance car.

By 2005, Mustang had rediscovered the best of its classic past in an all-new car. We take you behind the scenes with designers and engineers who reveal how they produced the boldest, most beautiful Mustang in decades.

In its early years, Mustang meant youth and style. Right at home with the fashions of its day was this

Weaved throughout the following articles is a clear, thorough discussion of Mustang's historical significance. Introduced with epic flair at the 1964 New York World's Fair, the Mustang caused traffic jams as curious crowds converged on Ford showrooms to see a new kind of automobile, one that seemed to symbolize America's revolution in style and personal expression. Every Mustang model that followed is explored in these articles -- the good, the bad, and the ugly -- and they illuminate the people, politics, and shifting market demands that shaped this motoring icon.

Special supporting articles bring into focus key facets of the Mustang saga, such as the car's starring role in the car-chase-classic "Bullitt," its winning ways in Trans Am racing, and the creation of the high-performance Special Vehicle Team (SVT).

Also included are new-to-the-Internet, first-person accounts from major figures in Mustang history, including Joe Oros (chief designer of the 1965 Ford Mustang), Larry Shinoda (creator of the Ford Mustang Boss 302), and J Mays (architect of the retro 2005 redesign).

Detailed specifications charts -- including engine data, prices, and sales numbers for every model year -- round out the adventure.

Mustang sped into the 21st century with offerings like the

Here's a preview of the exciting articles that will tell you everything you need to know about the Ford Mustang:

1965 Ford Mustang Prototypes

An up-and-coming Ford executive realized America's youth was looking for a car to call its own. Lee Iacocca pushed hard, and a high-style, low-cost sporty compact galloped from the drawing board to the showroom.

1965, 1966 Ford Mustang

Mustang thundered onto America's automotive landscape like no car in history, captivating the nation and capturing a million sales in its first model year.

1967, 1968 Ford Mustang

How do you follow a million-seller? Add a fresh performance look, and the power to match.

1969, 1970 Ford Mustang

More pizzazz! More performance! Mustang had it all for 1969 -- except more buyers. And 1970 sales were lower still. Was Mustang losing its magic?

1971, 1972, 1973 Ford Mustang

A bigger, brawnier steed looked like a winner to Ford. But when this all-new Mustang stomped in, bulky and awkward, it was to a pony car market that was shrinking fast.

1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978 Ford Mustang

A dramatically smaller, lighter design marked a fresh start for Mustang. America was ready for Mustang II, and sales soared. Yet today, this design generation is considered a low point in Mustang history.

1979, 1980,1981 Ford Mustang

Mustang began a second revolution with the handsome 1979 model. It was a new kind of Ford pony car, yet sporty and affordable and every inch a Mustang.

1982, 1983, 1984, 1986,1986 Ford Mustang

When the going got tough, the tough went racing. Ford's response to the rough early 1980s was to get Mustang back into performance -- and back into solid sales.

1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993 Ford Mustang

Mustang got a new lease on life for 1987 and was king of "bang for the buck." But many fans worried Mustang was standing still as its rivals moved forward.

1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998 Ford Mustang

Ford actually thought of putting Mustang out to pasture -- until it learned of GM's pony car plans. Arriving in time for its 30th birthday, this Mustang was the best in years.

1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 Ford Mustang

Ford's ageless mount was rejuvenated once more, with new looks, power, and refinements. By 2003, it was again America's only pony car, and a bright future beckoned.

2005, 2006, 2007 Ford Mustang

Mustang lovers had longed for this. The redesigned 2005 model reprised Mustang's classic styling and delivered unprecedented power and comfort. But was even that enough?

Ford Mustang Specifications

This look at Mustang by the numbers includes key specifications, prices, and production totals, grouped by design generations from 1965 through 2007.



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