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Old April 17 2014, 03:30 PM   #1
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Happy Fiftieth Anniversary...

...to the Ford Mustang.

http://www.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/vi...lding.cnn.html

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Old April 17 2014, 03:57 PM   #2
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Awesome car.
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Old April 17 2014, 04:17 PM   #3
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Thanks. It's undergone some changes since then...





The first Mustang was actually sold on April 15, 1964, two days before the dealer was supposed to release it - a convertible sold to Gail Wise in Chicago. She still has it.
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Old April 17 2014, 04:45 PM   #4
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Re: Happy Fiftieth Anniversary...

If I'm not mistaken, Ford plans on having the special 50th-anniversary edition of the Mustang out for the 2015 model year, as opposed to doing a 2014 1/2 Mustang for the "actual" anniversary.

I'd love to get a 'Stang for my next car, keeping my current car as a driver for times when the 'Stang wouldn't be practical (usually in inclement weather) as it won't be worth anything for a trade-in.

I'd likely go with a base-model LX and because I'm a punk who does a lot of city driving it'd be an automatic. (Yeah, yeah, I know. But city driving and little experience driving a standard transmission makes this my choice.) Probably go with the base V6 engine as well.

Damn, I want one of these.

Rented a Mustang a few years ago when I was getting my car worked on, convertible, man. That was a lot of fun to have. Almost had an opportunity to buy a '64 Mustang someone was selling but it needed some work on it I didn't have the time/money to put into it. (Mostly a paint job and some engine work.)

On your car, I'm guessing the roll-bar is an after-market addition?
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Old April 17 2014, 04:50 PM   #5
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Well, the '15 order banks are supposed to open next month for deliveries beginning in August of 2014. The original Mustangs were 1965 model year; since they launched in early 1964 and some of the first cars were mechanically distinct from later ones they're just colloquially referred to as "64 1/2."

The big news for '15 is the Ecoboost 4 cylinder version, putting out 305 hp. Check it all out:

http://www.ford.com/cars/mustang/201...140417155020:s
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Old April 17 2014, 06:27 PM   #6
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Sweet looking Ride Dennis.

My last 'Stang was an '87 5.0 GT Convertible. Seems like a lifetime ago now. What a fun car.
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Old April 17 2014, 07:29 PM   #7
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I never really liked the design of the Mustang in the 1980s/Third Generation. Seemed like the Mustang really didn't get its style back until the Fourth Generation starting with the 1994 model year.
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Old April 17 2014, 08:36 PM   #8
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Agreed. They still hadn't come full circle. But it was a HUGE improvement over the Mustang II (AKA a dressed up Pinto). And with the 5.0, it was hard keeping back tires on it.
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Old April 17 2014, 09:47 PM   #9
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Agreed. They still hadn't come full circle. But it was a HUGE improvement over the Mustang II (AKA a dressed up Pinto). And with the 5.0, it was hard keeping back tires on it.
Yeah, most Second Generation Mustangs were a joke but towards the end of that Generation they began to get a real nice, mean, looking 1970s look, but only with the Cobras.

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Re: Happy Fiftieth Anniversary...

My sister-in-law had a 1982ish Mustang. I'll be kind and simply call it a piece of shit; she had no end of trouble with that car. Love the newer models, though, and I wish they were available here.
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Old April 17 2014, 10:35 PM   #11
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My sister-in-law had a 1982ish Mustang. I'll be kind and simply call it a piece of shit; she had no end of trouble with that car. Love the newer models, though, and I wish they were available here.
Yeah, the Third-Generation Mustangs almost killed the brand.
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Old April 17 2014, 11:16 PM   #12
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The Fox body (third generation) 'Stangs really were the beginning of the brand's resurgence after the widely-agreed-to-be-disappointing Mustang II.

I owned a 1977 Mustang II - my first new car - and while I drove it for many years it did cost a lot in repairs and was not much of a car. In the 1970s, quality was decidedly not Job 1 at Ford.
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Old April 17 2014, 11:23 PM   #13
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The Fox body (third generation) 'Stangs really were the beginning of the brand's resurgence after the widely-agreed-to-be-disappointing Mustang II.
Yeah, a resurgence for sure after the Mustang II but, man, I just never liked the look of that generation of Mustang. The end of the Mustang II generation were much better looking, IMO. But the current (previous) generation is just fantastic looking.
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Old April 17 2014, 11:47 PM   #14
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It was when I first saw the concept car that the fifth generation would be based on that I knew I would own one.
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Old April 18 2014, 12:04 AM   #15
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I'm not 100% sold yet on the upcoming generation. I don't much like the look of the headlights/front grille area. The big, bold, headlights look better to man than the "squinty" headlights of this new generation. Still, a very, very, sharp looking car. Man, I want to get one of these.
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