The Mustang is one of the most iconic cars in the world with a current Facebook following of over 8.5 million people. This vehicle has become more than a way to get to work and back or to show off to your friends. The Mustang family has become a lifestyle that people live and breathe everyday of their lives. Now lets explore the evolution of this beautiful machine that Ford has created.
First Generation Mustang (1964-1973)
The Mustang launched in 1964 and was the most successful launch of a vehicle since the 1928 Model A. The name was inspired by the WWII P-51 (Mustang) fighter plane. Publicity articles appeared in 2,600 articles around the country which “officially” revealed the vehicle to the public. It also appeared in the famous James Bond “Gold Finger” film in 1964. From 1967-1973 the Mustang grew in physical size but didn’t gain any more additional power. The exterior was altered to make it look more massive which allowed for big block engines under the hood. The GT and Grande options were available during this time.
Second Generation Mustang (1974-1978)
Lee Lacocca, who was one of the main forces behind the launch of the Mustang, later became the president of the company. In 1974 he wanted his team to create a smaller, more fuel efficient version of the Mustang. This model was inspired by the Ford Maverick and then later the Ford Pinto subcompact. It was known as the Mustang II, which was introduced after the 1973 oil crisis. Even though this model was smaller, it was also heavier which reduced the performance and made it look like much less of a muscle car in the consumer’s eyes.
Third Generation Mustang (1979-1993)
In 1979, changes were brought to the Mustang that were meant to accommodate more passengers. This included body styles of hatchback, convertible, coupe, and notchback. Between the years 1979 and 1986, the Mustang featured four headlights and a back front clip that was angled. Between the years 1987 and 1993, the front clip boasted the “aero” style which had a rounded shape with flush composite headlamps. Mustang sales dipped in the early 80’s due to gas prices. This caused Ford to develop a new Mustang from the Mazda MX-6. Fans objected to the change without a V-8 option. This resulted in a facelift of the Mustang in 1987.
Fourth Generation Mustang (1994-2004)
This generation underwent a major redesign that was based on the rear-wheel drive Fox platform that also took stylings from previous models. The 1999 Mustang was re-skinned with the newly launched Edge styling theme to include larger wheel arches, sharper contours and creases within the body work. In 2001, the Mustang was first sold in Australia and 250 versions were converted for “right-side driving”.
Fifth Generation Mustang (2005-2014)
The fifth generation of Mustangs reverts back to the characteristics of the fast back models in the late 1960’s. Between 2005 and 2010, the base model had a 210 HP cast-iron block 4.0 L V6 engine and The GT added an aluminum block with a 4.6 L V8 engine featuring variable camshaft timing.The 2010 version featured a redesigned exterior such as LED taillights and reduced drag coefficient. The engine remained the same expect for some minor tweaks, but traction, control systems, and increased wheel sizes were implemented.
Sixth Generation Mustang (2015-Present)
Unveiled in locations such as the United States, Spain, China, and Australia, the sixth generation Mustang showcased changes that include a widened and lowered body, new colors and a trapezoidal grill. Engines options included 2.3 L EcoBoost four-cylinder, 3.7 L 300 HP V6 and The 5.0 L Coyote 435HP V8 in automatic and manual transmissions.