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FORD MUSTANG AMERICAN ORIGINAL PONY CAR. The Mustang Brand was established on April 27th, 1964. This model is also known as 1964 1/2 since the car was released to the public mid-year.

Cost $2,368

The car was produced/manufactured in Dearborn Michigan.

The Mustang was the most successful Ford brand since the Model A in 1903-04.


The reason mustang is classified as a pony car is because of the design of the body, Long hood and short rear end.

The Mustang created the Pony Car Class and was followed by Chevy Camaro, Pontiac Firebird, Dodge Challenger, the now Legendary AMC Javelin, Plymouth Barracuda and many others including Ford Capri (imported from Germany) and the Toyota Celica.


There is, 6 generations of Mustang with many, paint, engine and transmission combinations not to discount the Shelby high-performance versions produced beginning in 1965 in Phases up to now in 2016.

Mustang has been in constant production since 1964.

John Najjar and Philip t Clark have been credited for the name and original design of the Ford Mustang.

On the other hand, there is another story that tells, Robert J Eggert came up with the name based on the title of a book, The Mustangs by J Frank Dobie.

Two companies in Europe names Krupp Trucks and Kreidler Mopeds were using the name Mustang on various vehicles.

Ford was offered the name Mustang from Krupp for $10,000 but, did not accept the offer. So the Mustang was sold as the T-5 until 1978.


First Generation 1964 1/2 to 1973.

Second Generation 1973 to 1978

Third Generation 1978 to 1993

Fourth Generation 1994 to 2004

Fifth Generation 2005 to 2014

Sixth Generation 2015 to —-.


First Generation 1964 1/2 to 1973

Lee Iacocca and Donald N Frey headed the T-5 as it was called early in development. The car was designed and developed in 18 short months from concept to design and finally production.

The Mustang was first developed as a mid-engine two-seater then later changed to the two seat and rear bench as we know it now, because the Thunderbird was a two-seater and had failed with poor sales in 1955.

Mustang used many parts also used in other models like the Falcon and Fairlane in order to reduce cost, for manufacturing.

Dealerships also benefit from reduced inventory stocking of parts due to the popular Mustang models common internal parts.

Cost, of the 1964 1/2 was $2,368. The engine was 260cubic inch V8 and was later replaced with a 289 V8. Some very early models came with 170 Cubic inch V6 from the Falcon.

After 18 months ford had manufactured more than 1,000,000 One million Mustangs.

1968 the Mustang had an optional 302 V8 engine added.

1969 The GT was discontinued and the Mach 1, Boss 302 and Boss 429 became available.

1967, 1969, 1971 Ford Mustang


Second Generation 1974 to 1978

The idea for the second generation of Mustang was to be designed like the Ford Maverick so Mustangs would be smaller and lighter but, instead used the Ford Pinto subcompact design.

During 1973, the small size helped Mustang compete against small imports such as Toyota, Datsun and Mercury Capri in the small sports coupe market. This is the time the world was in the OIL CRISIS!

The King Cobra showed up in 1978 and was marked with the classic Ford V8 on the front fenders.

Engine and Transmission

Starting in 1974 the Mustang came with 2.3 I-4 from the Pinto and a 2.8L Cologne from The Capri.

1975 reintroduced 302CI 5.0L with C-4 automatic and power steering and brakes, this was used until 1978.

Other transmissions were RAD-4 manual and the C-3.

The Ghia was the heavier and more luxurious model with more interior sound baffling and a thick panel of Vinyl on the roof it also came as a hatchback.

1974-78 Ghia and 74-78 Mustang


Third Generation 1979 to 1993

The Third Generations were built on a platform that was shared with the Ford Fairmount and the Mercury Zephyr, this made the interior more roomy for passengers, Engine and trunk.

This was the base model and only the Ghia was available as an upgrade.

1981 the Cobra was re-introduced with power door locks tilt steering and Speed control and body mods to make it look more sporty.

Engines included 2.3 from the Pinto, German 2.8 V6, 5.0 V8 Windsor.

The 2.8 V6 was replaced after they ran out of motors due to supply. The new 3.3 straight 6 replaced them.

A 2.3 Turbo came along and had the power of a V8 with better fuel economy and a great sport package.

10,478 Indianapolis pace car Models were produced after Mustang was chosen in 1979 to be the official pace car.

After the oil crisis in 1979 the 5.0 was redesigned and along came 4.2 V8 less hp (120) and a 3 speed automatic.

1981 2.3 ltr turbo was the only real performance choice you could get and it was always having issues with internal oil flow and some catching fire, then was discontinued in the USA but, still available in Canada.

1983 the 2.3 returned in the new Turbo GT with T roof and traction lock transmission along with sporty body decals. Thier was also the cobra model with a different grill and body modifications.

1982 the GT returned with the 5.0 and 160hp 5 speed manual with the recycles badges from 1979, also available 4.2 V8 but, this would be the 4.2lt with automatics last year for Mustang.

In 1986, the Mustang featured (EFI) Electronic Fuel Injection as the carburetors were phased out.

Ford was going to change the Mustang to a front wheel drive in 1987 but, Mustang fans overwhelmed the company with mail and then the mustang got a facelift and remained in the Ford stables.

The model that was destined to become the new front wheel drive Mustang based on the Mazda MX-6 then became the Ford Probe.


Fourth Generation 1994 to 2004

The Mustang was redesigned for 1994 and you could no longer get a hatchback model but, still using the fox-4 frame as in the previous generation.

The base model came with a 4.6 V6 with 146 BHP (Brake Horsepower) 1995 BHP increased to 110, with 5 speed manual or optional 4-speed automatic transmission.

Ford retired the 5.0, 302 engine after 30 years and replaced it with the 4.6 215 BHP later in 1998 increased the Horse Power to 225 BHP.

1999 came with some new body styling but, remained basically the same. 3.8 V6 got more horsepower 190 BHP thanks to some changes to the head of the motor.

The GT motor was increased to 260BHP.

2001 Bullit model was introduced. 2003-04 The Mach 1 made a comeback and the Cobra was the first to have independent rear suspension.

2001 Mustang GT, 2001 Bulitt


Fifth Generation 2005-2014

2005 the new D2C body and frame came out designed with the help of Mario Andretti the New Mustang was looking retro like a late 1960’s fastback model (my favourite) Assembled in Flat Rock Michigan.

2005- 2010 Base models had a 4.0L V6 Single overhead Camshaft and 210hp. V8 had 4.6 SOHCand 300hp, both had a five-speed manual and 5-speed automatic transmission.

2010 model got a new body modification resulting in better fuel economy due to the reduced wind drag. The GT got more horsepower @315hp., 2011 Mustangs get a new 3.72L 227ci V6 and 305hp. GT models get a brand new 32 valve 5.0 V8 with 412hp Electic power steering

2011 Mustangs get a new 3.72L 227ci V6 and 305hp. GT models get a brand new 32 valve 5.0 V8 with 412hp Electic power steering, 6-speed manual and automatic transmission.

The Shelby GT-500 new engine design was lighter due to the aluminum block at 102lbs less, it can produce with its supercharger a massive 550hp and 510-foot pounds of torque.

2012 the BOSS 302 was brought out with 444hp and 380 fp-t. The body was pure street racer with no back seats and a Roll cage in its place.

2013 mustang get a facelift with a new grill, air intakes on the hood, LED rear tail lights and a cosmetic black deck lid on the trunk all models. The GTs get a more powerful V8 going from 412hp t0 420hp.

2005, 2011, 2010 Mustang

Sixth Generation 2015-

The design process began 2009 with codename “S550” began production July 14, 2014 at Flat Rock Michigan.

Introduced in spring 2015 as the 50th Anniversary of the Mustang in constant production since April 17, 1964.

The sixth generation was released worldwide with both left-hand and right-hand drive models.

Engines Available are Mustang 3.7 V6 300bhp, Ecoboost 2.3 I4 310bhp, GT 5.0 V8 435bhp, Shelby GT350 5.2 526bhp.

Transmissions six-speed manual and a six-speed automatic.

Interior has all the amenities of a European sports coupe and a few more to boot.

Pros: Plenty of horsepower with all new body and interior styling the sixth generation Mustang is sure to get the looks as you drive down the strip with this beauty.

Cons: Not a true family car but, if you want to go on a short trip or for your daily commute it is fine. Not great for fuel economy but, I don’t think that is why you buy a Mustang to begin with.

Recent Comments


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Will check it out.

Still love the early day's Mustangs. Not a big fan of the later models.

The new model and the old models are my Favs.

Wikipedia is a great resource for writing articles like this.

Well done and some great information on the Mustang. Thanks for sharing!

Thank you for reading.

The Mustang will be back in Australia soon. Many orders have been taken already. I have always been a Ford fan. May be that is why I have worked in Ford Dealerships for 26 years. Tom.

I worked for Ford and Toyota back in the day. Cleaning them is not as much fun as driving them.

That was such an interesting post , thank you for sharing.

It took a while to right. I am glad you liked it.

I remember the 64, we all used to ooo and aaah as one went past.

A friend of mine had a 64 ninth day of production. Sold for 20,000 a couple of years ago. Still in the neiborhood.

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