The Mustang made its debut on April 17, 1964, at the World's Fair held in New York. Ford sold 22,000 units on the first day alone! The Mustang was advertised as having the "styling and features of expensive European road cars combined with an American mass-production price." It was an intermediate-sized car offered in two body styles: a hardtop that cost a mere $2,320 and a convertible that could be purchased for $2,557.
The Mustang came standard with a 101hp 170ci six-cylinder engine. Three V8 engines were optional: the 164hp 260ci, 210hp 289ci, and a higher performance 271hp 289ci engine. Other standard equipment included bucket seats, floor shifted transmissions (automatic or manual), and a padded instrument panel.
After the Mustang was used as the 1964 Indianapolis 500 Pace Car on May 30th, Ford built 190 special hardtop Indy Pace Car replicas (and three convertibles). They were special order white with a light blue triple top stripe and had no door mirrors.
This site will call the first model the 1964 Mustang, some (including Ford) call them 1964 1/2 Mustangs, and still others contend that they are early 1965 Mustangs. Which is correct? They all are. These Mustangs are marked with a "5" in the VIN for 1965 but were all assembled before the early August 1964 plant shutdown for 1965 model year retooling. The retooling for the Mustang line included changes in engines, alternator, and trim as well as the introduction of the fastback body style.
In 1965, the Mustang entered its first full year of production with 559,451 units built. A brand-new model, the fastback ($2589), joined the hardtop ($2372) and convertible ($2614) models. The fastback had a larger backlight glass, a shorter trunk lid, functional fresh air vent on the B-pillar, and a folding back seat. All 1965 Mustangs were identical from the window line down and offered one of four engine options: a 120hp (200ci 6-cycle), 200hp (289ci V8), 225hp (289ci V8), and a high-performance 271hp (289ci V8).
The new sporty GT package came with the V8 engine, special GT grille with built-in fog lamps, a five-dial instrument cluster, an optional GT paint stripe, dual exhaust, and a special handling package. Luxury options included wood-grained vinyl trim, embossed bucket seat inserts, steering wheel with chrome rivets, and door armrests and courtesy lights.
In addition to these options, "Cobra Kits" were also first offered in 1965. These kits included engine chrome dress-up parts, a Cobra distributor, performance options, dual exhaust, cam kit, heavy-duty clutch, and induction kits. Ford advertised that the Mustang could be "factory-customized" to play out your alter ego or change your life.
"Mustang! Fastest million a new car ever had. And here's the sale to kick off the second million. Hardtops, convertibles and fastbacks..." was the Mustang advertisement for the beginning of production for the 1966.
Mustang offered the 'Millionth Mustang Sale' promotion, which included personalized nameplates and motorized Mustang GT toy cars for only $4.95. After only three model years, in 1966, Mustang became the third best-selling individual nameplate in the American industry. Changes included a floating 'corral' around the Mustang horse on the grille; 'three-toothed comb' trim on the side coves (convertible & hardtop only); a new instrument panel; and federally mandated safety items such as seat belts, padded instrument panel, flashers, and electric windshield wipers and washers. One of the new options was an Interior Decor Group for $94.13 which included four Mustang horses branded into the seat vinyl commonly referred to as the 'Pony' interior. Base model prices were $2488 for the hardtop, $2519 for the fastback, and $2650 for the convertible. Engines offered were the 120hp (200ci 6-cylinder), 200hp (289ci V8), 225hp (289ci V8), and 271hp (289ci high-performance V8).
The 1967 Mustang underwent its first-ever redesign due to expected competition from the Camaro, Firebird, and Mercury Cougar. The exterior redesign included a more pronounced grille opening, the side cove ended in two sets of 4 simulated air scoops, the tail lights still had the 3 lenses but on a concave indentation panel, and the overall body length grew by 2 inches although the wheelbase remained the same. An additional high-performance 320hp (390ci, V8) engine became a new option for $2641. A 1967-only option of a GTA ("A" for automatic transmission) was offered. The "SelectShift" automatic transmission could also be shifted manually. New to the interior was a "tilt-away" steering wheel, overhead console, and a "stereo-sonic" tape system.
In 1968, Ford offered six V8 engines with the 335hp, 428ci, V8 Cobra Jet at the top of the list. The front end lost its "Ford" letters, and the side Mustang lettering changed from block-style to script-style. The Mustang emblem became "floating" on the front grille, and extra lights on the grille were also floating. Simple chrome trim ended the body side cove at the wheel air scoops.
The GT was offered with "C" stripes that followed the top of the side cove and around the end air scoop. Early in 1968, Ford offered a limited edition "C" stripe Mustang sale which by mid-March turned into a limited edition Mustang Sprint sale allowing dealers to offer even more options as part of local sales promotions. By the end of March, many local "territorial" special Mustang sales existed, each with its own limited edition Mustang. Some of these included the California Special GT, the Virginia area Cardinal Special, the Pennsylvania his and hers Colt and Lady Mustang, and the Louisiana Dixie special. The California Rainbow of Colors, the Denver High Country Special, and the Seattle Golden Nugget Special were also part of the many special and limited edition 1968 Mustangs offered. Both 1967 and 1968 saw the most number of local special and limited edition Mustangs.
The 1969 Mustang offered the largest selection of engines and sport/speed packages to date, with 10 engines available, 8 of which were V8s. Several levels of sport/performance packages were offered. The GT option ($147 base upgrade) was offered on all body styles which started with the 351ci Winsor V8, special handling options, racing stripes, dual exhaust, hood pin type latches, and styled wheels with Argent Silver trim and GT hubcaps.
The most popular sport/performance upgrade was the 1969 introduced Mach 1 (starting at $733 over the base V8 fastback or "SportsRoof" body) which came with one of four high-performance V8 engines, optional NASCAR-style hood lock pins, chrome styled steel wheels, chrome exhaust tips, color-keyed racing mirrors, and special handling. Two Cobra packages were offered: the Cobra jet with the 335hp (428ci V8) while the Ram Air induction 360hp (428ci V8) was offered on the Super Cobra Jet. The highest performance engine 370hp(429ci V8 semi-hemi big block) came on the 1969 introduced Boss which could also be ordered with a 290hp (320ci, V8, with special high volumetric efficiency "Cleveland" heads) engine. The Boss came with special "Hotchkiss" type rear suspension and many other performance options and body options to handle the larger power and seven-inch Magnum 500 rims. Like the previous year, an extensive list of luxury items was available for the fastback and hardtop; but an additional luxury set under the name "Grande" was offered for the hardtop. The Grande came with a vinyl roof, plush interior, two-spoke steering wheel, full wheel covers, etc. On all body styles, the indented sides scoop or cove was missing but an inverted side air scoop remained on the hardtop and convertible while the fastback had a higher backward C-shaped side scoop.
The Mustang was longer and lower with the windshield rake increased by 2.2 degrees. The fastback roof of the 1969 Mustang was redesigned and was named the "SportsRoof" whose name for the fastback lasted till 1973. Inspired by the popular Shelby, the front grille opening was larger, four headlights were installed, and the horse logo was mounted off-center on a red, white, and blue framed vertical box.
In 1970, the Mustang underwent minor changes from the previous year's model. The side coves and simulated rear wheel air scoops were removed, and the air scoops were relocated to the front wheels as two simulated air intakes on the outside of each headlight. The headlights were integrated into a larger grille opening, taking up less space. The Mustang grille logo remained the same as in 1969, with a smaller horse on a rectangle of red, white, and blue, but was moved to the center of the grille. The tail lights were also recessed into the rear panel.
The Mach 1 option featured honeycomb trim on the rear panel between the tail lights, ribbed lower aluminum rocker panel moldings with the Mach 1 lettering, and a non-functional hood scoop (Cobra Jet and Super Cobra Jet engine options came with a functioning Ram Air hood scoop), among other features. One other body change was to the fastback which lost its rear quarter window which was optionally louvered. GT options were gone but the Grande luxury package introduced in 1969 remained. This was also the last year of the twin Boss engine options: a 290hp(302ci) V8 and a 375hp(429ci) V8.
In 1970, Mustang sales declined by one-third due to intense competition from Barracuda, Camaro, Challenger, and Firebird.
In 1971, the Mustang underwent a complete redesign to make it more muscular, lower, wider, and heavier than any of its previous models. The "corralled" mustang emblem made a comeback on a headlight incorporated full-width grille. The fastback had a flatter roof and the hardtop had a recessed rear window ("tunnel backlight"). They were 2.1 inches longer and 3 inches wider than the 1970 model (7.1 inches and 6.8 inches over the 1965 model, respectively). The average weight of the car was also 500 pounds heavier.
The primary reasons for these changes were to provide more engine compartment room for the more powerful engines and more space for passengers. The base engine became the 145hp (250ci) inline six cylinder. The new body design allowed for a larger engine, but ironically, this was the last year for the Mustang big block, the 429 cubic inch V8.
The larger grille horse and corral could be optionally changed with the smaller horse from 1969 on a red, white, and blue tri-bar. Chrome bumpers, fenders, and hood moldings were standard except on the Mach 1 and Boss. The Mach, Boss, and Grande options were available. This was also the last year for the Boss 351.
The 1972 Mustang body design was almost identical to that of the 1971 model. The grille choices remained the same, with a corralled horse with a large horizontal bar or the smaller horse logo on the red, white, and blue tri-bar plaque. Bumpers could be either chrome or color-matched to the car.
The Boss 351 from the previous year was not included in the 1972 lineup, but the Mach 1 fastback and Grande hardtop coupe remained. A patriotic "A" package known as the Sprint Decor option appeared midyear, which started with a white body and added light medium-blue paint to the lower perimeter and two blue hood stripes. It also had red pin-striping between the white and blue, color-matched white and blue seats and carpets, white-walled tires, and a 1972 Olympic flag decal on the rear fender. A "B" Sprint package had mag-type wheels. The Sprint option was mainly available on fastbacks and hardtops, but a rare 50 convertibles were built for use in the Washington DC Cherry Day parade.
New color glow paint options were also available in 1972: "Gold Glow" and "Ivy Glow," which cost an additional $34.
The 1973 Mustang was the last of the classic Mustang fastbacks, hardtops, and convertibles. Convertible Mustangs did not return until 1983. The 1973 grille was designed with larger "egg crate" holes, and the turn signals were integrated into the grille. The headlight and taillight bezels were chrome, and the front and rear bumpers were redesigned to handle the required Federal standards. The front bumper color matched the car's body color. The engine choices from 1972 returned but with slightly better performance due to overall suspension and handling changes. The 1973 model year marked the end of the classic muscle Mustang with the last of the large engines and Mach 1 option.
In 1974, the Mustang underwent a complete redesign, with fastbacks turning into hatchbacks, hardtops into notchbacks or coupes, and the convertible being discontinued. The two remaining models were smaller and lighter, returning to the way it was originally designed back in 1964. It was renamed the Mustang II. The large engines of previous years were gone due to the gas crisis, but consumers responded by purchasing more Mustangs than any other year outside of 1965, 1966, and 1967.
A Ghia model upgrade was offered on the coupe, which consisted of spoke-style wheel covers, a vinyl roof, deluxe color-keyed seat belts, remote-controlled door mirrors, a Super Sound package, shag carpeting, wood-tone door panel accents, a digital clock, and super-soft vinyl or Westminster cloth seats. Ford used the Ghia Italian design firm acquired in 1970 for these design choices. The hatchback could be ordered with sportier Mach options. The most popular option was the Rallye package which included white lettered tires, extra engine cooling, a competition suspension, color keyed mirrors, styled steel wheels, dual exhausts, a digital clock and leather-wrapped steering wheel.
In 1975, the Mustang II returned with a few changes. The hood was longer, and the engine compartment was modified to accommodate the large 5.0L V8 engine. This engine consumed gas quickly, so much so that the optional 3.5-gallon auxiliary gas tank came standard with the 5.0L V8 engine. The grille was larger with an egg-crate type mesh that was nearly flush with the grille opening2. All V8s came with an automatic transmission, while the V6s were manually shifted.
The Ghia optioned coupe came with a half vinyl roof, rear side opera windows, full-length body-side tape stripes, stand-up hood ornament, media velour cloth seats, and center console. Also available was a Luxury Interior Group, which was a subset of the Ghia options and similar to those offered in the 1974 Ghia package. A manually operated silver glass moonroof and a regular manual sunroof were also available. The popular 1974 Rallye package was also available for the 2.8L V6 or 5.0L V8. New cast aluminum spoked wheels were available along with popular styled steel and forged aluminum wheels.
The 1976 Mustang II continued with a few changes and new option packages. All base models were classified as MPG models to emphasize the fuel economy features. The 2.8L V6 was now available with an automatic transmission. Two new option packages were the Stallion Group and the Cobra II package. The Stallion had a black grille and surround moldings without the emblem, black window moldings and wiper arms, bright lower-body side moldings, Stallion decals, styled steel wheels, and black lower quarter panels and bumpers. The Cobra II package included front and rear spoilers, simulated hood scoop, quarter window louvers, and snake emblems on a white with blue stripes or black with gold stripes paint scheme. The Cobra graphics were designed by Jim Wangers, who is credited with fathering the Pontiac GTO, and the entire $325 option package was okayed by Carroll Shelby.
The 1977 Mustang II introduced a new set of paint colors, a much lighter simulated interior wood grain color, and more efficient and lower emission 4-cylinder and V6 engines that lost some power. The front grille on all sports models was blacked out, and the horizontal lines of the coupe grille were emphasized by receding the vertical slats. This was the first year of the T-roof option available on the hatchback, as well as a flip-up removable sunroof, simulated wire wheel covers, and painted cast aluminum spoke wheels. The Cobra II option package increased $220 to $535 with two new color combinations of white with red accent stripes or white with green stripes. A Rallye Appearance package replaced the Stallion option and included several gold accents such as stripes, moldings, tail lamp moldings, and stripes in the bumper rub strips.
1978 was the last year of the Mustang II, the Mach 1, and the Cobra II option package. New to 1978 was the King Cobra option at $1277. The "Boss of the Mustang stable" had a giant snake decal on the hood and pinstriping around the windows, decklid, wheel lips, rocker panels, belt, and over-the-roof area; a large front and rear spoiler, rear quarter flares, spoke wheels, and the 5.0L V8. The Cobra II got a new stripe tape treatment mid-year with tri-color tape stripes, large "Cobra" block letters midlevel on the side and decklid spoiler, a Cobra decal on the back spoiler, and a Cobra II snake emblem on a black grille. The Mach 1 remained using the 2.8L V6, styled wheels with white lettered tires, black bumpers, black lower body side paint, and a brushed aluminum instrument panel with full instrumentation.
The 1979 Mustang was a significant improvement over its predecessor, with new aerodynamic cues and the use of lighter materials to create the Fox body in both coupe and hatchback forms. The Fox body had a wheelbase that was 10.4 inches longer than the previous model, which allowed for 20% more interior space while still being 200 pounds lighter.
The 1979 Mustang continued to use all three engines from the previous year, along with a new turbocharged version of the smallest 2.3-liter engine and a midyear replacement of the 1978, 2.8-liter V6 with a 3.3-liter inline-6. The Ghia and Cobra models continued in 1979, with a midyear addition of a limited run of Indianapolis 500 Pace Car replicas.
Ford's bet on the Fox body and option packages paid off, with production sales of 369,936 units, which was 92% more than in 1978 and nearly matched the introduction of the Mustang II in 1974.
The 1980 Mustang saw significant improvements in fuel economy, thanks to the engine that matched the new lighter and more aerodynamic Fox body introduced the previous year. The base inline-4 engine received a 23% fuel economy improvement, while the mid-1979 improved 200ci straight-6 engine remained. Just like when the Mustang II was introduced, the 302ci (5.0-liter) V8 engine was dropped.
The Cobra option now included a unique aerodynamic front and rear end similar to the 1979 Pace Car replica. The Ghia options package was offered for both the coupe and hatchback models. With the GT options package last offered in 1969 and the Mach 1 last offered in 1978, Ford organized the Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) group to build up special racing versions and create kits of bolt-on parts that the car owner could install for road and track use in IMSA or SCCA events . The Ford McLaren Mustang was also introduced later in 1980 with an emphasis on style and performance. ASC McLaren officially offered Mustang convertibles until 1987.
The colors didn't change significantly in 1980 compared to 1979, but the use of a two-tone (above and below the body side molding) factory paint was offered with nearly every color. The momentum of the Fox body remained high with 271,322 cars built, which was a significant improvement over the previous year's sales numbers. This was a testament to Ford's successful bet on the Fox body and option packages.
The 1981 Mustang saw mainly refinements to its options list, as well as an over 20% increase in price across the board. The turbocharged four-cylinder engine was dropped, and a five-speed manual overdrive gearbox was offered. A Traction-Lok rear axle was new, as well as a T-roof, reclining bucket seats, and power windows.
As in 1980, the two main option packages included the Ghia and Cobra. This was the last year for the Cobra option package, priced in 1981 at $1,588. It came with 190/65R-390 TRX tires, forged metric aluminum wheels, an 8000rpm tachometer, two-tone paint, Cobra tape treatment, hood scoop, sport exhaust, dual black sport mirrors, black bumper guards, dual accent stripe body side moldings, and black moldings around the windows. A Cobra package taping delete option existed to save $65, but the special large Cobra hood decal was an additional $95 option.
A special sports package was offered which upgraded the engine and exhaust, added hatchback louvers or a rag carriage coup top, and included blackout treatment. An economically priced "S" model coupe package came with limited trim options. Two-tone paint options continued but most required a black lower color except for Medium Pewter over Light Pewter, Red over White, and White over Bittersweet.
In 1982, Mustang reintroduced the GT and the 5.0-liter engine. The GT featured a forward-opening hood scoop that was non-functional and a redesigned front grille with two horizontal louvers extending in front of the vertical slats. With the lighter Fox body style and the new 157-hp 302ci engine, the GT recorded the fastest zero-to-60 mph time of any American car in 1982. To appeal to European customers, Mustang renamed the options packages of the hatchbacks and coupes with European model nomenclature. The base version was renamed L, GL with a few upgrades, GLX with many of the luxury upgrades which replaced the previous year's Ghia, and GT which was only offered as a hatchback. Exterior colors remained relatively unchanged from 1981; however, a light Opal replaced the golden Caramel interior, and all Ford engine blocks were now painted light gray.
In 1983, the Mustang convertible made a triumphant return after a nine-year hiatus. The convertible was introduced mid-year and was only available in the GLX trim package. It boasted an electric top, a real glass rear window, and a comfortable back seat. Ford was initially hesitant to make the manufacturing change, so they enlisted Cars & Concepts of Brighton, Michigan to convert steel-topped coupes from the factory into convertibles. The grille on all models became smaller between the two more deeply recessed headlights, allowing for a strip of body color to return between them. Under the hood, there were several upgrades that resulted in more power. The 2.3L 4-cylinder received a more efficient one-barrel carburetor; the old inline-6 was replaced with an "Essex" 3.8L V6 which improved horsepower from 87 to 105; the turbocharger returned on the 2.3L 4-cylinder replacing the 4.2L V8 with 25 more horsepower; and a new four-barrel carburetor, aluminum intake manifold, high-flow air cleaner, and valve-train modifications pushed the 5.0L V8 from 157 to 175 hp. All tires also increased by at least one size in 1983. Despite all these changes, only 120,873 Mustangs were sold in 1983, making it the lowest number of Mustangs sold to date.
The 1984 Mustang was a year of significant changes and improvements. The Fox body underwent a continual evolution, and the engine performance options were expanded. The 20th-anniversary models were introduced, and Saleen's modification of Mustangs was also notable. The yellow color was discontinued until 1988. The base L model remained, but the GL was combined with the GLX to form the LX model. The GT remained, but with a new front air dam that had optional road lamps.
The 20th Anniversary Edition Mustangs were all convertible GTs in Oxford White with red interiors, powered by the 302ci V8 or turbocharged 4-cylinder engines. They featured G.T.350 lettering and stripes (which Ford got in trouble with Shelby for not licensing), original 1965-type front fender emblems, and two 20th-anniversary dash badges.The newly developed Ford Special Vehicle Operations department put together a performance model offering its upgraded 4-cylinder turbocharged engine, body trim, and handling options. Red dash instrument lighting and split-folding rear seats were new to the interior on all cars.
1984 marked the first year of an increase in cars sold since 1978, which continued until 1990.
In 1985, Mustang continued to build on its legacy of power and style by upgrading its SVO turbocharged 4-cylinder engine by 30 horsepower to 205hp and improving its top 5.0L V8 engine by 35 horsepower to 210hp. This was the last year for the 145hp 4-cylinder turbo GT, as the V8 offerings had more power. The L series was dropped, making the LX the base model with the GT and SVO as upgrades. As in 1983, all models had their tires increased in size again. The grille was changed to match more with the SVO but with an open slit at the bottom. All Mustangs also had a front air dam with four rectangular holes in the center. GTs received integrated fog lamps, and the SVO received more flush headlamps. The tail lights on all models were full width with only an opening for the license plate. Sales rose again, with 156,514 cars being produced.
In 1986, the Mustang SVO was discontinued due to government regulations. The last year of production saw the removal of two gray and two blue colors, and the addition of a third brake light. The number of engine options was reduced to four: the 4-cylinder with and without turbo, a V6, and a redesigned high-output V8. The redesigned V8 featured a multi-port fuel injection system. 1986 was the Mustang's largest production year since 1979, with 224,410 cars built, a record that has yet to be surpassed.
The 1987 Mustang was available in three standard body styles: a 2-door coupe, 3-door hatchback, and a convertible. The GT optioned hatchback continued to be available, but the SVO was no longer offered. In 1987, engine offerings were reduced to two: a new 225hp, high output, 5.0-liter V8; and the 90hp, 2.3-liter inline 4-cylinder. The body was redesigned by removing the solid louvered panels behind the rear side quarter windows on the coupe and hatchback; placing a molded rear wing on the GT hatchbacks; and adding flush-mounted, body-molded headlights. Much of the front-end redesign came from the removal of governmental regulations on the use of discrete, self-contained, standard headlamps from 1940 to 1983. The grille was also modified by making the GT's grille solid and the base LX's grille open with the Ford logo suspended on a horizontal integrated, color-matched bar. Ford did not expect these changes to increase interest and was short parts for an estimated 10,000 cars by year's end. In 1987, ASC McLaren began offering custom convertibles made from two-door coupes.
In 1988, the Mustang offered two engine options: a 2.3L 4-cylinder and a 5.0L V8. All three body styles (2-door coupe, 3-door hatchback, and convertible) were available in the base level FX options group. The hatchback and convertible also came in a sportier GT. This was the first year where there were no basic body line or front grille changes between the LX and GT models. The GT model came with a larger engine, dual exhaust, better handling options, and the Aero Package which included a rear spoiler, styled 15x7 inch aluminum wheels, upgraded tires, round Hella fog lamps, center console, high back bucket seats, and tinted windows. Yellow was also reintroduced as a standard color after last being offered in 1983.
The year 1989 marked the 25th anniversary of the Mustang, but the official anniversary model was delayed until 1990. However, starting from April 1989, special badges commemorating the 25th anniversary were added above the glove box. The engine options were unchanged from the previous year, except for the V8, which received a SEFI mass airflow system. A new standard options package was also introduced, featuring a sporty 5.0L LX with GT adjustable front seats. This LX 5.0L package was so popular that the 1989 Mustang model year extended until September of 1989.
In 1990, the Mustang continued to offer three body styles (coupe, hatchback, and convertible) and two engines (2.3L 4-cycle, and 5.0L V8). The main options were LX or GT, with the LX having the option to upgrade to the 5.0L engine. This upgrade also added a 5.0 fender badge and dual exhaust. A special edition convertible with Deep Emerald Green paint, white interior, GT wheels, and the 5.0L V8 was introduced late in the model year. The 1990 Mustangs also featured a 25 anniversary tri-bar pony dash emblem, which was also present in most late 1989 models. Additionally, driver side air bags and rear seat shoulder belts became mandatory in 1990. This was the last year for the ASC McLaren convertible modification, which started in 1987.
In 1991, Mustang offered three different body styles and two packages of options. The body styles were the notchback 2 door coupe, the 3 door hatchback, and the convertible. The coupe only had the basic LX option, while the hatchback and convertible had both the LX and the sporty GT options. A new feature in 1991 was the 16x7 inch, 5 spoke, aluminum wheels that were very popular. Many owners of older Mustangs bought these wheels to upgrade their cars. The 4 cylinder base engine got more power, up to 105hp, by adding another spark plug to each cylinder, making it 8 in total. Other changes included a new convertible top that fit more flush with the body and an option for a graphic equalizer. Yellow was not available as a color in 1991, but it came back in 1993.
In 1992, Mustang fans could choose from three different body styles: coupe, hatchback, or convertible. They could also opt for the basic LX or the sportier GT package. The LX models now had body side and bumper moldings that matched the color of the car, just like the GT models. The rear bumper also had the word Mustang engraved on it, to emphasize the identity of the car. Two new colors were added: Bimini Blue and Calypso Green. A special edition "Feature" FX convertible was also available, with a striking combination of Vibrant Red exterior, white interior, and white top. Ford did not make many changes in 1992, as they were preparing for a major redesign in the next year.
In 1993, the Mustang offered three packages: the base LX (240A), the LX 5.0L (245A) with a V8 engine, and the GT (249A) with air conditioning, a cargo tie down net, floor mats, and optional two-tone paint. Customers could choose from three body styles: the notchback coupe, the hatchback, or the convertible. Two special Feature convertibles were also available in Canary Yellow or Oxford White, similar to the 1992 Vibrant Red one. However, the horsepower ratings dropped for all models due to the extra loads of smog, alternator, air conditioning, and the cooling fan, as well as the re-rating of the changes over the last few years. The most exciting news in 1993 was the launch of the SVT Mustang Cobra, a high performance model built by Ford's Special Vehicle team. The SVT Cobra had a distinctive body style, improved handling, and 235 horsepower.
The 1994 Mustang was a major milestone in the history of the iconic car. It marked the 30th anniversary of the Mustang and the first complete redesign since 1979. The new model had a smoother and curvier shape, with no body trim, flush tail lights, and the Mustang name on the rear bumper. The side coves and the front grille pony returned, giving the car a more classic look.
The new model also had only two body styles: a coupe and a convertible. The coupe had a sloping back that resembled the fastback of the 1960s Mustangs. The base engine was now a 3.8 liter V6, replacing the unpopular 4 cylinder engine. The GT package offered a 5.0 liter V8 for both the coupe and the convertible. A rare option for the convertible was a removable hardtop, which was only available for about 500 cars in 1994 and 1995.
The SVT Cobra had the same coupe and convertible body styles, but with some distinctive features. It had a new front fascia with fog lamps, Cobra snake badges, a custom rear spoiler with LED stop lamps, and improved handling. It also had a more powerful V8 engine that produced 25 more horsepower. A Rio Red SVT Cobra convertible was chosen as the Pace Car for the 1994 Indianapolis 500, and Ford made a special edition of pace car replicas.
In 1994, Larry Shinoda, the original designer of the 1969 Mustang Boss, began to modify Mustang GTs and SVT Cobras. He added his own touches to the cars, such as special graphics, spoilers, wheels, and performance parts. He called his creations Shinoda Boss Mustangs, paying tribute to his legendary design from 25 years ago.
The 1995 Mustang had the same two body styles as the previous year: a coupe and a convertible. But it also introduced two special models: the GTS and the Cobra R. The GTS had a V8 engine, transmission, and rear axle from the GT model, as well as 16.5 inch sport wheels. The Cobra R was a rare and powerful version that only came in Crystal White. It had a 5.4L racing V8 engine with 300hp and improved handling. Some of the 1995 convertibles also had the option of a hardtop.
In 1996, the Mustang was available in two body styles: a coupe or a convertible. It also had three engine options: a basic V6, a GT V8, or a high performance SVT Cobra V8. The SVT Cobra had a new modular engine with a larger hood cowl and distinctive vertical bars on the tail lights. The GT also used the new 4.6L V8 modular engine. The SVT Cobra also introduced a new color called Mystic, which changed from purple to green to gold depending on the light.
A larger fan and radiator for better cooling required a bigger grille opening in the 1997 Mustang. The passive anti-theft system (PATS) that was used on the 1996 GT and Cobra was also installed on all models. The automatic transmission had a thicker shifter. The GT had new 17 inch wheels with a gray metallic center. Aztec Gold, Autumn Orange, and Pacific Green replaced Bright Tangerine and Mystic as exterior paint options.
The 1998 Mustang came in two versions: a two-door coupe and a convertible. It had three models: a base level V6, a V8 GT, and the V8 SVT Cobra. The engines were modified in 1998 to allow for more power. The GT Sports Appearance Group and the V6 Sports Appearance Group were also new features. The interior included a clock in the stereo and a CD player on all models. The SVT Cobra also had new 17x8 inch alloy wheels.
The 1999 Mustang's appearance changed by adding wheel lips, widening the body side cove, raising the rear decklid, pulling in the front fascia, and adding angles to the grille and other areas to resemble the classic 1960's Mustang more closely. Only the roof remained the same. The V6, GT V8 and Cobra V8 engines all received upgrades that resulted in more power. A 35th Anniversary Limited Edition options package for the GT featured 17-inch wheels, black trim and tape hood treatment, and a special black and silver interior.
The 2000 Mustang was mostly a carryover from 1999. Small changes included rear child seat anchor brackets, a glow-in-the-dark interior trunk release, and a new gold exterior paint. The Ford Special Vehicle Team produced only 300 SVT Cobras in 2000, but they were designated as an "R" series, which included performance and appearance upgrades as well as a special hand-built and assembled engine. Even with fewer SVT Cobras built, 215,239 Mustangs were sold in 2000. This was the best sales year since 1986.
The 2001 Mustang was mainly a carry-over year with the same styled 2 door coupe and convertible offerings from the previous year. Three models were the base level V6, the V8 GT, and the higher performance standard SVT Cobra, which had the word Cobra embossed on the rear bumper. In 2000, only 300 special SVT Cobras were built. The biggest news in 2001 was the introduction of the Black or Highland Green Bullitt special model GT coupe, based on the 1968 fastback driven by Steve McQueen in the detective movie Bullitt. Famous for its car chase scene on the streets of San Francisco, there were many third party Bullitt kits available.
The 2002 Mustang came in two versions: a 2-door coupe and a convertible. They had the same features as the 2001 model, except for a new True Blue exterior paint and a new sound system. Contrary to most sources, Ford did build 100 SVT Cobras in 2002, but they were all sold in Australia.
The 2003 Mustang introduced several new option packages and special models. Ford celebrated its centennial with a 100th Anniversary option for coupes and convertibles in black, featuring black premium painted wheels, chrome rims, and a two-tone parchment interior. The Mach 1 returned in 2003 as a coupe with special wheels, stripes, a double overhead cam 4.6L V8 engine, and a hood scoop. The SVT Cobra also celebrated an anniversary, its 10th, by adding a supercharger; it also had a new front fascia, hood, flared rocker panels, rear fascia, and interior.
The 2004 Mustang could be purchased in two different body styles (coupe and convertible), four models (V6, GT, Mach 1, and Cobra), and one special edition 40th Anniversary trim package. They were mechanically identical to the 2003 Mustangs because Ford's engineers had worked overtime on the new 2005 Mustang body style. Two new colors were available in 2004 - Competition Orange and a new shade of Yellow called Screaming Yellow (replacing Zinc Yellow). The V6 and GT models were available in the standard, deluxe (adding a leather steering wheel and a power driver's seat), and premium (adding speed control, colored floor mats, and a trunk lid spoiler) versions.
The redesigned 2005 Mustang celebrates the 40th anniversary of the iconic car with a retro design that evokes elements from 40 years ago. The front grille, the rear tail lights, the side windows, and the galloping horse badge are all reminiscent of the classic Mustangs from 1964 to 1968. The new Mustang also offers modern features and performance, such as powerful engines, a color-configurable instrument panel, and GT options for both the coupe and convertible body styles.
The front grille of the new Mustang is slightly slanted forward to suggest a forward jetting hood, just like the original models. The recessed round headlights are separated from the grille by a color-keyed integrated body panel, and the turn signals are located lower in the bumper. The optional fog lamps are mounted in the grille field, and the center of the grille features the Mustang galloping horse badge. These design elements create a distinctive and aggressive look for the new Mustang.
The rear of the new Mustang also pays homage to the past with three separate tail lights that do not wrap around to the sides, a simulated center gas cap badge, and no large recessed "MUSTANG" letters. The rear design is simple and elegant, emphasizing the car's sleek and sporty profile. The side coves are less pronounced than the 2004 model, and there is no simulated wheel air scoop at the end. However, the smaller rear quarter windows set apart from the door windows bring back elements of the fastback body line that was popular in the 1960s.
The new Mustang does not compromise on performance and technology. It offers two powerful engines: a 208hp, 4.0 liter, V6; and a 300hp, 4.6 liter, V8. The interior options include a color-configurable instrument panel that allows the driver to select more than 125 different background colors with a touch of a button. The GT options are available for both the coupe and convertible body styles, adding more features and enhancements to the already impressive car. The new Mustang is manufactured in Flat Rock, Michigan, instead of Dearborn, Michigan, where it was produced for 40 years.
The redesigned 2005 Mustang is a tribute to the car's legacy and a showcase of its innovation. It combines design elements from 40 years ago with modern features and performance to create a car that is both nostalgic and futuristic. The new Mustang is a car that appeals to both old and new generations of drivers who appreciate its style and power.
2006 Mustang returns with its popular retro redesign. Differences over the previous year include: a choice of Standard, Deluxe, and Premium series options; optional 18-inch wheels for the GT, two new paint colors - Vista Blue and Tungsten Gray; and the V6 Pony Package which includes some GT parts, Pony badging and lower door stripes. The 2006 Mustang is available in two roof styles - the coupe and convertible. It is offered in the base level V6 model and the GT model. The GT model adds a V8 engine, anti-lock brakes, dual exhausts, fog lamps in the grille, rear decklid spoiler, 17-inch wheels, and a 6-way power adjustable driver's seat. Both models can be upgraded to the Deluxe option which includes the Shaker 500 Audio system and a seat upgrade. In 2006, the Mustang Shelby also returns as an upgraded GT for Hertz, the GT-H.
The 2007 Mustang continues to refine its offerings by dropping the V6 standard and leaving eight option groupings (V6 deluxe, V6 premium, GT deluxe and GT premium; all in either the coupe or convertible). Grabber Orange returns from being retired in 1970 and Alloy is added to the exterior paint choices. An auxiliary audio jack, SIRIUS radio option, and an interior Comfort Package are new inside. The GT is offered with new GT California Special and GT Appearance Packages, which add front and rear fascias, a spoiler, side scoops, a hood scoop, sport wheels, exhaust tips, side stripes, and Pony emblems. Other carry-over option packages include the Comfort Group, Exterior Sport Appearance Package, Interior Upgrade Package, Premier Trim with Color Accent Package, Satin Aluminum Instrument or Woven Charcoal Aluminum Instrument Panel Applique, Sport Appearance Package, and V6 Pony Package. A new wheel option joins the six continued from 2006: the 17-inch bright machined cast aluminum wheel with a large tri-bar Pony center cap option on the GT.
The Mustang is back in 2008, with no major changes for its fourth year. The main differences are in the options. Side air bags are now standard. Some new options are: lights that change color inside the car; HID headlights; bigger wheels for the V6; a new package for safety and security for the V6; and a special package for supporting breast cancer awareness for the V6 Premium with automatic transmission. You can choose from different models, such as the V6, GT, Shelby GT, and SVT Shelby GT500. The V6 and GT models have two versions: Deluxe or Premium. The Premium version has better seats and sound system.
2009 was a short year for the Mustang, lasting only six months, as the 2010 redesigned model came out earlier than normal. The additions in 2009 included Brilliant Silver clearcoat metallic exterior paint, which replaced Silver, a glass roof option, 45th anniversary year fender badges, and a GT security package. The special models continued to be the GT, GT California Special, Bullitt, Warriors in Pink, and the SVT Shelby GT500 and GT500KR.
The 2010 Mustang has a new front and rear end, new colors, many interior options, a redesigned dash and gauges, and new wheels, just to name a few. The front grille is narrower and the back end is higher and smoother. The 2010 Mustang comes in two body styles (coupe and convertible), with both a 4.0L V6 and a 4.6L V8 GT engine, and each with a standard or premium options group. The largest changes to the options groups are a new GT grille and pony emblem, a 3.75 rear axle performance package, an addition of 19-inch wheels, color-matched mirrors, dual interior climate controls, a voice-activated navigation system, and a reverse camera system. Grabber Orange is gone but Grabber Blue is back. There are two new shades of red, Grabber Blue joins a new darker blue, and a new medium gray joins the silver, black and white from 2009.
The 2011 Mustang V6 and GT have new aluminum block/piston, double over-head cam, engines with increased horsepower, better fuel efficiency, and higher (7000rpm) redlines. Both the V6 and GT also have new tuned dual exhausts, 160mph speedometers, and new wheel offerings. That's right, all Mustangs now have dual exhausts! Three new colors include Yellow Blaze, Race Red, and Ingot Silver. The GT has 5.0 fender emblems to match its 5.0L V8 engine, and the V6 can be ordered with a bright Billet style grille found on the Mustang Club of America limited edition.
Some exciting new features and options are available for the 2012 Ford Mustang. Among the new additions are the Boss 302, Boss 302 Laguna Seca, and Lava Red exterior paint. The Boss 302 is a special edition Mustang that pays tribute to the legendary 1969 model, with a distinctive design, enhanced aerodynamics, and a powerful 5.0-liter V8 engine that delivers 444 horsepower. The Boss 302 Laguna Seca is an even more extreme version of the Boss 302, with a stripped-down interior, stiffer suspension, and larger brakes, making it ready for the racetrack. The Lava Red paint is a unique color option that changes from black to red depending on the lighting. These new features join the existing ones, such as Grabber Blue and Yellow Blaze paint colors, the Mustang Club of America Edition package, and the Shelby GT500 model that boasts a supercharged 5.4-liter V8 with 550 horsepower. Another notable improvement for the 2012 Mustang is that all models, including the base V6, come with dual exhaust as standard, giving them a more aggressive sound and appearance.
The 2013 Mustang continues with two basic body styles: the coupe and convertible. New 2013 design features include the hood, grille, HID headlamps, body color rocker panels low on each side, wheels, rear taillights, rear decklid panel, rear license plate trim panel, instrument panel with 4.2 inch "Track App" LCD display, new heated mirrors with Pony projection lights (projects a Pony on the ground just below the mirrors when the door is opened), and push button automatic gear select to name a few. New colors include School Bus Yellow, Deep Impact Blue (replacing Kona Blue) and "Gotta Have it Green". Models include the V6, GT, Boss, GT500, and Cobra Jet.
The 2014 Mustang comes in both coupe and convertible body styles, and you can choose between the base level V6 or the GT version with the V8 engine. Some of the significant changes include two new paint colors. Oxford White (YZ) replaces Performance White (HP), and Ruby Red Metallic with a tinted clearcoat (RR) replaces Red Candy Metallic with a tinted clearcoat (RZ). School Bus Yellow paint, which was exclusive to the Boss 302 special model, is no longer available - and neither is the Boss 302 itself. Two new option packages are also available. The FP6 appearance package for the V6 Mustang adds painted black outside door mirror skull caps, painted black rear decklid spoiler, quarter window louvers, and 18-inch painted black aluminum wheels. The FP8 appearance package for the GT Mustang is similar, except it has 19-inch bright machined-aluminum wheels with black painted windows.
The sixth generation of the Mustang was launched in 2015, marking the 50th Anniversary of the iconic car. The design was completely new, but it also paid homage to the original and the modern Mustangs. Some of the features that reflected the Mustang heritage were: a trapezoidal grille with a honeycomb panel, round headlamps next to three vent features inset into a mean sweeping look case, a short hood cowl and a louvered/vented hood, recessed side panels, a long hood and a long sweeping fastback rear, and angled three pillar rear taillights.
The 2015 Mustang offered different engine options for different markets. The standard U.S. models had a 300hp 3.7L V6 or a 420hp 5.0L V8. There was also an optional 305hp 2.3L turbocharged 4-cylinder. The 2015 Mustang was available as a fastback or a convertible, and it was also sold in Europe for the first time since the 1965-79 T-5 Mustang.
The 2015 Mustang also had some special editions and limited runs. There was a 50th Anniversary Edition Special Mustang GT fastback, which came in either Wimbledon White or Kona Blue. There was also a GT-350R model, which commemorated the 1965 competition model, and only 37 units were built. Another limited run was the GT-350 fastback, which had 100 units produced.
The 2016 Mustang offers a range of powerful engines to suit different driving preferences. You can choose from a 300hp 3.7 liter V6, a 310hp 2.3 liter EcoBoost I4, a 435hp 5.0 liter V8 GT, or a 526hp 5.2 liter flat-plane crank V8 Shelby GT350. The V6 and GT models also have special upgrade packages, such as the V6 Pony Package that adds 18-inch wheels, a rear spoiler, LED fog lights and a six-way power driver seat, or the California Special GT that features unique exterior and interior accents, 19-inch ebony-painted wheels, a strut tower brace and hood and side stripes. The Shelby GT350 has a track-focused variant, the GT350R, that boasts carbon-fiber wheels, a larger front splitter, a rear wing and a stripped-down cabin. The GT model also has a retro touch with in-the-hood turn signals that resemble the ones in the louvered hood of the 1968 Mustang.
The 2017 Mustang follows with the same major model/engine combinations as the previous year, with a 300hp 3.7L V6 model, a 310hp 2.3L turbo 4-cylinder EcoBoost model, a 435hp 5.0L V8 GT, and the special 526hp 5.2L V8 Shelby GT350. All models come as a two-door fastback or convertible, except the GT350, which comes only as a fastback. Special equipment groups include a GT350R Package, a Black Accent Package, California Special, EcoBoost Performance Package, GT Performance Package, and Pony Package. As for exterior paint colors: Grabber Blue is back, White Platinum is new, Avalanche Gray is only for the GT350, new Lightning Blue replaces Deep Impact Blue, Guard Green is gone, and so is Competition Orange.
The 2018 Mustang features new paint colors, redesigned features inside and out, and more power. Some of the new paint colors are Orange Fury tri-coat metallic, Royal Crimson tinted clear coat, and Kona Blue. The exterior has a new front grille, hood with new vents, LED turn signals and optional fog lamps, front fenders, rear end, tri-bar LED taillamps, and quad exhaust tips for the GT. The car also offers optional over-the-top racing stripes and 12 optional wheels. The interior has new patterns and colors for seats, an optional heated leather steering wheel, an optional new 12-inch all-digital display instrument cluster, a new hand-stitched center console, and an optional SYNC Connect with FordPass. For performance, the 5.0L V8 and 2.3L EcoBoost engines have more horsepower and torque, and the car has an optional 10-speed automatic transmission, an optional active valve performance exhaust, an upgraded chassis for improved ride and handling, and an optional MagneRide damping system. The Shelby GT350 and GT350R are back as a carry-over design from 2017 with the new 2018 paint colors, but without the other 2018 Mustang changes to the exterior and interior.
The 2019 Mustang offers some new exterior paint colors, a new fine-tuned design inside and out, and some new special limited editions. New exterior paint colors include Need for Green, Velocity Blue and Dark Highland Green, which is exclusive to the 50th anniversary Bullitt Mustang. The California Special is back and so is the Shelby GT350. For the 2.3L EcoBoost, a new class-exclusive active valve performance exhaust is available. With this exhaust, owners can set it to a quiet start, or sporty for waking up the neighbors. Also new is the optional B&O Play Premium Audio System from Harman. SYNC 3 AppLink now includes Amazon Alexa.
New for the 2020 Mustang are the 760hp supercharged GT500, an upgraded EcoBoost 330hp Performance Package, body tweaks (headlight surround, fenders, larger functional hood vent, black front center bumper cover), wheel upgrades (including carbon fiber), and new exterior paint colors (Twister Orange, Grabber Lime, Iconic Silver, and Rapid Red). Standard models include the fastback and convertible 4-cylinder turbocharged EcoBoost, fastback and convertible 5.0L V8 GT, fastback 5.2L V8 Shelby GT350, fastback 5.2L supercharged Shelby GT500, and the fastback BULLITT, which is back for a second year in a row. There are performance packages for the 4-cylinder EcoBoost and a Racing (R Package) for the GT350.
New for 2021 are the 480hp Mach 1 and the all-electric Mustang Mach E, which come in six performance configurations with RWD and eAWD, standard and extended batteries, and single or dual electric motors. These result in between 266-480hp and 317-634ft-lb of torque. Two battery options allow for ranges between 230 and 305 miles on a charge. The traditional Ecoboost fastback, convertible, GT, and Shelby GT500 Shelby are also offered. Several exterior paint colors are new, such as Grabber Yellow, which is a bright yellow similar to the original 1969 version; a new formulation of Grabber Blue; and new colors of Space White, Star White, Infinite Blue, Dark Matter Gray, Antimatter Blue, Carbonized Gray, Cyber Orange, and the cool Fighter Jet Gray. The California Special is also back on the GT Premium, and there is a California Route 1 package for the all-electric Mach E.
The 2022 Mustang continues to come in as an all-electric SUV or as a gas sportsroof or convertible. Electric models include the Select, California Route 1, Premium, and GT. New are the improved-capacity 70kWh standard-range and 91kWh extended-range batteries. Sportsroof and convertible Mustangs include the 4-cylinder EcoBoost and the V8 GT, Mach1 and GT500. Iced Blue Silver metallic, Atlas Blue metallic, Brittany Blue metallic, Eruption Green metallic, and Mischievous Purple metallic are all new exterior paint colors. A cool new option for both the Mach-E and GT is the Ice White Appearance Package, featuring white exterior paint and white inside and out, including wheels. The opposite option is the Stealth Package, which blacks out everything. Another new special model is the Coastal Limited Package (replacing the previous year's Pony Package), which has options similar to the California Special Package but for the 4-cylinder, turbo Mustang.
The 2023 Mustang is a carry-over from the previous year, with 2024 marked as the start of the new seventh-generation body style. Unfortunately, preliminary expectations are that there will be no 2023 Mustang Shelby GT500. However, new to 2023 is the Mustang Nite Pony Package for the Mach-E, EcoBoost, and GT models. This package features unique black wheels with special center caps and black badges.
While exterior paint colors of Cyber Orange and Brittany Blue are not continued into 2023, the amazing Atlas Blue, Eruption Green, Fighter Jet Gray, and Mischievous Purple continue to be offered. The EcoBoost continues with the 2.3L High Performance Package, Wheel and Stripe Package, Nite Pony Package, Coastal Limited Package, Stealth Package, and Ice White Appearance Package. The GT continues with the GT Performance Package, Nite Pony Package, California Special Package, and Ice White Appearance Package. There is also a 470hp V8 Mach 1.
The all-electric Mach E SUV has battery upgrades and a new glass roof option. It also comes in new Carbonized Gray or Vapor Blue exterior paint and features a new Nite Pony Package and LED projector headlamps.
2024 marks the start of the seventh generation of the Mustang, with a complete redesign based on the Ford CD6 platform that has been shared by the Ford Explorer and Lincoln Aviator since 2020. The models also have new engines, such as a new 2.3L 4-cylinder EcoBoost engine, a 4th generation 5.0L Coyote engine, and a MOD 4th generation 5.0L-4V DOHC EFI NA (990) Dark Horse engine. The new Mustang Shelby GT500 will come out for the 2026 model year. The 2024 Dark Horse (which Ford says is the new name for the "Mach 1") will be a limited edition based on the V8 engine and the new GT body line. Other special models/packages include a new Bronze Appearance Package, a 2.3L High Performance Package, a Wheel and Stripe Package, a Nite Pony Package, and a GT Performance Package. Three new exterior paint colors are: a highly metallic Blue Ember that looks gold in the light, a metallic Vapor Blue, and a pearlized Yellow Splash. Announced is also a 2025 Mustang GTD, a street-legal, track-ready supercar.
The Mustang GTD supercar has been announced for the 2025 model year. Born from the Mustang GT3 race car returning to Le Mans. The 2025 Mustang GTD joins the Mustang GT4, Mustang GT3 and Mustang Dark Horse R; but focused on the IMSA "GTD" racing class for cars built to FIA GT3 specs.
For 2025, we would expect the continuation of the all electric Mustang Mach-E, 4-cylinder Mustang EcoBoost, V8 Mustang GT, and V8 Mustang Dark Horse.
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