Archive | January 2007

More Ford Mustang history

Popular Mechanics wrote a great article on the Mustang’s history. The article was initially written in 2004, inspired by the 40th anniversary of the Mustang. I don’t want to copy the whole article on this blog, but like to highlight some of the most remarkable things.

It already started out quite different than I guess car manufacturers start developing now cars:

“That we’re here to celebrate the Mustang’s 40th anniversary is due to the vision and efforts of a small group of men at Ford–including Donald Frey, Hal Sperlich, Donald Petersen and Lee Iacocca. They met informally after hours at the Fairlane Inn on Michigan Avenue in Dearborn, working on the concept of a small, fun-to-drive car and on a strategy to convince the company to produce it. It’s hard to appreciate the impact that the first Mustang made when it was shown to the public on April 17, 1964.”

I think Ford also made a smart move involve Carroll Shelby to outperform the competition that had developed around the Mustang.

“In August 1964, Iacocca asked Carroll Shelby to develop a high-performance Mustang for street and track at his small shop in Venice, Calif. The new fastback, a 2+2, was at Shelby’s disposal, along with Ford’s brand-new small block. The 289 was the same engine Shelby developed in his Cobra roadster. Shelby divided production between the GT-350 street and competition Mustangs. Factory backed, the racing GT-350 steamrolled the competition, including Corvette.

Soon, Mustang had imitators, the market was so large. For ’67, Chevrolet introduced its Camaro, Pontiac its Firebird and Mercury its Cougar. For ’68, AMC added its Javelin. Plymouth had a Barracuda and Dodge a Challenger for 1970. All were dubbed “ponycars.”


GT-350 Shelby (Photo by Jerry Heasley)

If you’ve been reading this blog before, you know that the generation 2 – 4 Mustangs didn’t really do it for me, so read on at the source if you want to know how the history continues to the last generation (5) which again is a kick ass vehicle.

Make sure you take a look as well at some of the Mustang concept cars that never made it, there’s some interesting exercises there.

[Via ClassicCar.com]

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#6: If it wasn’t for my marriage…

Well what do you know, now we really get to know you. If only I weren’t married ;)

“You’re an American classic – fast, strong and bold. You’re not snobby or pretentious, but you have what it takes to give anyone a run for their money”

If you want to do the test for yourself, here it is: which sports car are you? I’m a Lambo… apparently.

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#5: Adult supervision required

Blue 1965 Mustang car for only $229? Unlike I told you in the beginning it looks like I will be able to buy a genuine Mustang. There’s one catch, it’s a pedal car, recommended ages 3-6 years. No need to tell you that I’m beyond that age ;)

“The 1965 Ford Mustang pedal cars are admired by Kids, parents and Mustang collectors alike. This authentic AMF Pedal Car Mustang is newly manufactured from the original tooling. Just imagine your child’s excitement when he or she gets a glimpse of this cool classic American pedal car toy.”

It looks like it’s officially licensed by Ford Motor Company so it would count as a real Mustang though. There’s even a Shelby version of it.

Blue 1965 Ford Mustang Pedal Car Shelby GT350 Pedal Car - Front View

I’m pretty sure both my sons will love it, they race around the house all day on these kind of things. Just need to find a reason to explain why I didn’t buy Lightning McQueen instead though. While surfing around on the American Pedal Car website, I also found this Flamed 1932 Ford Roadster (Hot Rod) – pretty damn cool as well!

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The Giugiaro concept, nah.

Ford unveiled a new Mustang concept car last November, the Giugiaro. It has got a 500hp V8… but it doesn’t do it for me. For me, again, this is not what the Mustang is about. More images after the link.

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I blog Mustang

Today I decided to change my blog URL, just like I did with ‘Cross The Breeze a while ago. I’m away from the http://65mustang.wordpress.com to my own dot com domain for this one. Too bad 65mustang.com wasn’t free anymore so I had to come up with something else and decided to go for: http://iblogmustang.com

With ‘Cross The Breeze this upgrade to WordPress.com wasn’t available until a year after I started so I couldn’t do it any earlier. It did result in 2 separate Technorati claims/ranks on both domains for the same blog. I still don’t understand why Technorati doesn’t offer a way to tell the service this is actually one and the same blog (god knows why – and don’t expect their support to answer on your emails on this). With this new blog, I decided immediately that I would get it on my own domain so here it is.

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Now with stereophonic tape system!

Enjoy this 1966 Mustang commercial, announcing the first ‘update’ of this succesful car.

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Mustang.el.icio.us

I’ve received some cool feedback these days around this challenge or quest that I’m writing about on this blog. Thanks for this. If you think you know a way how I should be able to get my Mustang using the web, social media, … then don’t hesitate to send me your ideas at mustangblog AT hotmail DOT com or send it to my Mustang Delicious account (http://del.icio.us/65mustang).

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