One of the truly iconic American motor cars ever produced, the Ford Mustang has gone through five generations since its launch in 1964, with a sixth version planned for 2015. Early models achieved celebrity status in the US, with the famous chase scene in Bullitt featuring a Mustang driven by Steve McQueen. The car has even been used in a US Navy poster, which claimed that the car was a part of American life worth fighting for!
Design and Sales
Sales of the Mustang hit impressive heights in the 1960s, with more than half a million models sold in both 1965 and 1966. Productiona nd sales have tailed off since those heady days, but the Mustang continues to enjoy healthy sales and its latest models have won awards for both design and performance. The first Mustang model was the first car ever to take away the coveted Tiffany Gold Medal, reflecting American design excellence, and has captured various ‘car of the year’ and ‘best car to drive’ awards in each of the five decades since it first appeared.
A Track Star
The Mustang isn’t just an eye-catching road car, however, but has featured prominently in many motor racing series. The car has conquered both oval track and road race championships, and in 2011 the Mustang made its long-awaited debuted in the popular NASCAR series.
Look and feel
The very first Mustang models were two seater roadsters, but poor sales led very quickly to the introduction of both 4 seat and “2+2” variants, featuring roomy interiors while still maintaining a sleek, stylish appearance. A wide range of sporty models have been introduced, which provide superior performance (though to the detriment of fuel economy!). Differing body styles and features were introduced through the second and third generation Mustangs before a significant redesign followed with the launch of the fourth generation in 1994.
Car of the Future
The sixth generation Mustang, set for release in 2015, boasting a sleek modern look coupled with the legendary performance – the car will be rolled out to more than 1200 countries, and is expected to gain new fans across Asia and Europe. One of the most renowned cars of the 20th century shows no signs of disappearing from our roads just yet!