The classic 1964 Ford Mustang Convertible. Every car collector needs this beauty!
The Ford Mustang
The Ford Mustang was first introduced mid-year 1964 and was often referred to as “1964-1/2” model of Ford Mustang. The formal start of production was the 1965 model year. To keep the base price of $2368, the Mustang was designed to use parts from other Ford model cars such as the Falcon of the same product year. This also allowed dealers to save money by not having to invest additional spare parts inventory.
The 1st Ford Mustang a 1964-1/2 Ford Mustang Convertible!
The Ford Mustang was the car that set into motion the muscle car industry. With over 400,000 Mustangs sold in 1965, the muscle car era had exploded. The other car manufacturers quickly responded by adding new models to their manufacturing lines. GM followed Ford by releasing the Chevrolet Camaro and the Pontiac Firebird. AMC produced the Javelin and Dodge countered with the Challenger.
Ford kept the Mustang line fresh and interesting by building different versions of the Mustang such as the Mach1, Boss, and the Shelby Cobra models.
Beauty and Power – The Mach 1
The name “Mach 1” meant speed, power and performance. The Mach 1 was also a great looking car. Sleek profiling with a black hood strip and hood scoop touched off by chrome exhaust tips, the Mach 1 quickly became the car of choice among muscle car enthusiasts. Featuring many customization options from small blocks to big block engines, paint and interior packages, the Mach 1 was gaining popularity beyond just the fast car group.
Sweet 1969 Boss 302 Mustang
The Boss 302 was introduced to beef up Mustangs response to the more powerful Camaro. With a new 302 engine, the Boss Mustang was adding more horsepower. Adding a front spoiler, new paint packaging such as the “hockey stick” side stripes along with a black rear window shade the new Boss was well…the new boss! The name was derived from the engineer who was working on a secret project to develop the car. When other workers asked what he was working on, he said “the boss’s car”. A little known fact is the Ford used a 302 sized engine so the Boss Mustang could compete in the SCCA Trans-Am (Sports Car Club of America Trans-Am) series of races.
1968 Shelby GT500 KR Classic styling and powerful
Shelby Cobra GT500
April 1968 welcomed the all muscle Shelby Cobra GT500. Featuring a 428 “Cobra Jet” (hence the name “Cobra Mustang”) pushing out 435 horsepower and 440 ft-lb, this Mustang was a winner right away! Shelby styling and sporty paint packages made this car a stand out among the muscle car industry. The cobra emblem meant this car was special. Eventually known as the Shelby Cobra GT500 KR, with the initials “KR” meaning “King of the Road”, it was the King!
Ford Mustang one of the original muscle cars.
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