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Ford Mustang History

From its one-of-a-kind styling, affordable price tag, and unique performance options, the Ford Mustang pony car has remained a venerable beast for over forty years! Here is a brief history:


First Generation (1964-1966)
The very first production Mustang made its debut at the Ford Pavilion at the New York World’s Fair on April 17, 1964. It boasted a sleek design with a long hood and short rear deck, a low roof, side scallops, three section taillights, and a running horse logo that adorned its grille. The four-seating, front engine ‘pony car’ came in either a choice of a notchback coupe or convertible. The performance options ranged from a 2.8-liter good for 101 hp to the infamous “K-code,” pounding out 271 hp. Most importantly, it came with an affordable price tag.


Second Generation (1967 – 1968)

Facing more competition from its competitors, the second-generation Mustang offered a redesigned longer body with exaggerated styling and the new “big-block” V8 worthy of 315 hp that starred alongside Steve McQueen in Bullitt. Later on, federally mandated sidelights adorned the ’68 variant.


Third Generation (1969 – 1970)

The third generation was bigger, and received updated styling with four headlights and a sharper-styled front fascia. It also offered more powertrain options including the “Cobra Jet” worthy of 335 hp and the “Super Cobra Jet” capable of 360 hp. Drivers could also opt for the V8 Mustang Mach 1. The most successful variants to stem from this generation were the Boss 302 and Boss 429, which featured a 7.0-liter engine.


Fourth Generation (1971 – 1973)

Not the better-known generation of Mustangs, the fourth generation offered stretched wheelbases and increased length with squared-off features with overall performance dropping due to federal emission regulations.


Fifth Generation (1974 – 1978)

Ford focused on a smaller Mustang offering (by sharing parts with the Pinto) and increased fuel efficiency to create the Mustang II, which was the first to offer a four-cylinder engine option.


Sixth Generation (1979 – 1993)

The widely popular sixth generation was built on the Ford Fairmont Fox chassis, which gave buyers a roomier interior. The California Highway Patrol even utilized the ‘82 model as its pursuit vehicle.


Seventh Generation (1994-1998)

The seventh generation saw a return to more traditional Mustang styling with the side scallop, three taillight segments, and the galloping horse that adorned the grille. This was the first convertible Mustang offering since 1973.


Eighth Generation (1999 – 2004)

The eighth generation debuted with restyled fenders as well as revisions to its 3.8-liter V6 that brought a significant boost in power. The ’99 versions were adorned with special 35th anniversary badges.


Ninth Generation (2005 – Present)

With updated features, cutting-edge technology, and unmitigated performance, the newest Mustang offering just can’t be topped. Come see for yourself at Shults Ford Lincoln - Wexford, today, and take the 2015 Ford Mustang for a spin!
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