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A sports coupe produced by Ford since model year 1964½.

High performance Mustang models from Ford include the FR500C and FR500GT race cars.  High-performance variants from aftermarket companies include the Roush 428R Mustang, Saleen S281, Saleen S302, Shelby G.T. 350, and Shelby G.T. 500.  Drag racing Mustangs include Gary Weckesser's Mach IV, Blue Max, and Sleepless Nights.

Due to trademark conflicts with the Mustang name, the vehicle was originally sold in Germany as the Ford T-5.

Awards and Acknowledgements include:
The 1994 Mustang was #11 on USA Today's "25 cars that made a difference" list (Cars, trucks with impact, 2007)

History

The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Ford Mustang page on 3 August 2016, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

The Ford Mustang is an American automobile manufactured by Ford. It was originally based on the platform of the second generation North American Ford Falcon, a compact car. The original 1962 Ford Mustang I two-seater concept car had evolved into the 1963 Mustang II four-seater concept car which Ford used to pretest how the public would take interest in the first production Mustang. The 1963 Mustang II concept car was designed with a variation of the production model's front and rear ends with a roof that was 2.7 inches shorter. Introduced early on April 17, 1964, and thus dubbed as a "1964½" by Mustang fans, the 1965 Mustang was the automaker's most successful launch since the Model A. The Mustang has undergone several transformations to its current sixth generation.

The Mustang created the "pony car" class of American automobiles, affordable sporty coupes with long hoods and short rear decks and gave rise to competitors such as the Chevrolet Camaro, Pontiac Firebird, AMC Javelin, Chrysler's revamped Plymouth Barracuda, and the first generation Dodge Challenger. The Mustang is also credited for inspiring the designs of coupés such as the Toyota Celica and Ford Capri, which were imported to the United States.

Background

The Ford Mustang was brought out five months before the normal start of the 1965 production year. The early production versions are often referred to as "1964½ models" but all Mustangs were advertised, VIN coded and titled by Ford as 1965 models, though minor design updates for fall 1965 contribute to tracking 1964½ production data separately from 1965 data (see data below). with production beginning in Dearborn, Michigan on March 9, 1964; the new car was introduced to the public on April 17, 1964 at the New York World's Fair.

Executive stylist John Najjar, who was a fan of the World War II P-51 Mustang fighter plane, is credited by Ford to have suggested the name. Najjar co-designed the first prototype of the Ford Mustang known as Ford Mustang I in 1961, working jointly with fellow Ford stylist Philip T. Clark. The Mustang I made its formal debut at the United States Grand Prix in Watkins Glen, New York on October 7, 1962, where test driver and contemporary Formula One race driver Dan Gurney lapped the track in a demonstration using the second "race" prototype. His lap times were only slightly off the pace of the F1 race cars.

An alternative view was that Robert J. Eggert, Ford Division market research manager, first suggested the Mustang name. Eggert, a breeder of quarterhorses, received a birthday present from his wife of the book, The Mustangs by J. Frank Dobie in 1960. Later, the book's title gave him the idea of adding the "Mustang" name for Ford's new concept car. The designer preferred Cougar (early styling bucks can be seen wearing a Cougar grille emblem) or Torino (an advertising campaign using the Torino name was actually prepared), while Henry Ford II wanted T-bird II. As the person responsible for Ford's research on potential names, Eggert added "Mustang" to the list to be tested by focus groups; "Mustang," by a wide margin, came out on top under the heading: "Suitability as Name for the Special Car." The name could not be used in Germany, however, because it was owned by Krupp, which had manufactured trucks between 1951 and 1964 with the name Mustang. Ford refused to buy the name for about US$10,000 from Krupp at the time. Kreidler, a manufacturer of mopeds, also used the name, so Mustang was sold in Germany as the "T-5" until December 1978.

Mustangs grew larger and heavier with each model year until, in response to the 1971–1973 models, Ford returned the car to its original size and concept for 1974. It has since seen several platform generations and designs. Although some other pony cars have seen a revival, the Mustang is the only original pony car to remain in uninterrupted production over five decades of development and revision.


Reference Desk

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TypeTitle
April 1982 BookMustang: The Original Ponycar by Consumer Guide; Publications International, Ltd.
1998 BookMustang: An American Classic by Nicky Wright; Todtri Productions
2001 BookStandard Catalog of Mustang 1964-2001 by Brad Bowling, Krause Publications
2006 BookMustang: An American Classic by The Auto Editors of Consumers Guide; Publications International Ltd.
2007 BookMustang: Forty Year History by Randy Leffingwell, photography by David Newhardt; Crestline


Photographs

Ford Mustangs Photo ©2009 Bill Crittenden
WCS & NGMC Spring All Make & Model Carshow
View photo of Ford Mustangs - 3,736KB
Ford Mustangs Photo ©2009 Bill Crittenden
2009 Pop's Productions Father's Day Car Show and Swap
View photo of Ford Mustangs - 3,194KB
Ford Mustangs Photo ©2009 Bill Crittenden
2009 Pop's Productions Father's Day Car Show and Swap
View photo of Ford Mustangs - 3,460KB
Ford Mustangs Photo ©2009 Bill Crittenden
Massive Speed Cruise Jam 4
View photo of Ford Mustangs - 4,226KB
Ford Mustangs Dave Green's 1979 Indy Pace Car Mustang & Boss 429 with matching ads
Photo ©2009 Bill Crittenden
June 2011 Meeting of C.A.R.S. in Miniature
View photo of Ford Mustangs - 3,988KB
Ford Mustang Photo by "IFCAR"
View photo of Ford Mustang - 104KB
Ford Mustang 2004
Photo by "IFCAR"
View photo of Ford Mustang - 131KB
Ford Mustang 2005
Photo by Jim Campbell
November 2, 2005
View photo of Ford Mustang - 48KB
Ford Mustang Shirt Ford Mustang Shirt
CarShirtsAndStuff.com
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Ford Mustang pins Photo ©2017 Bill Crittenden
Green Street Cruise Night: 5 June 2017
View photo of Ford Mustang Pins - 3.0MB


Documents

DateDocument Name & DetailsDocuments
classified date 1990On-Site Air Bag Investigation
1990 Ford Mustang
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 24.5MB - 155 pages
classified date 1990Airbag Investigation
1990 Ford Mustang
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 20.8MB - 125 pages
classified date 1990Calspan On-Site Air Bag Deployment Investigation
Fleet - 1990 Ford Mustang LX
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 24.1MB - 111 pages
classified date 1994Calspan Remote Air Bag Deployment Investigation
Vehicle - 1994 Ford Mustang
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 7.7MB - 20 pages
classified date 1996On-Site Air Bag Investigation
1995 Ford Mustang
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 207MB - 257 pages
April 1998Remote Air Bag Deployment Report
Vehicle - 1998 Ford Mustang
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 788KB - 9 pages
June 1998Redesigned Air Bag Special Study (RABSS)
SCI Technical Summary Report
RABSS Vehicle - 1998 Ford Mustang Convertible
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 164KB - 10 pages
August 1998Remote, Redesigned Air Bag Special Study
1998 Ford Mustang
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 452KB - 9 pages
November 1998Remote, Redesigned Air Bag Special Study
1998 Ford Mustang GT
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 264KB - 9 pages
December 1998On-Site Air Bag Investigation
Vehicle - 1995 Ford Mustang
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 1,656KB - 21 pages
classified date 1999Special Crash Investigation Report
Case Vehicle: 1999 Ford Mustang, 2-door coupe
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 44.7MB - 128 pages
September 1999On-Site Redesigned Air Bag Investigation
Vehicle - 1998 Ford Mustang
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 325KB - 12 pages
March 2003Case Report
1998 Ford Mustang
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 6,221KB - 104 pages
22 September 2003Safety Compliance Testing for FMVSS No. 110(Indicant): Tire Selection and Rims
2003 Ford Mustang Passenger Car
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 1.6MB - 24 pages
classified date 2004Special Crash Investigation Report
Case Vehicle: 2002 Ford Mustang GT, 2-door coupe
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 5.4MB - 113 pages
May 2004On-Site Child Air Bag-Related Fatality Investigation
Vehicle - 1994 Ford Mustang
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 636KB - 19 pages
30 November 2004Safety Compliance Testing for FMVSS 214: Side Impact Protection (Indicant)
2005 Ford Mustang Two-Door Coupe
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Part 1 PDF - 8.7MB - 136 pages
Part 2 PDF - 1.1MB - 137 pages
classified date 2006Special Crash Investigation Report
Case Vehicle: 2002 Ford Mustang, 2-door coupe
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 6.7MB - 104 pages
January 2006Calspan On-Site Child Air Bag Related Fatality Crash Investigation
Vehicle: 1995 Ford Mustang
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 208KB - 19 pages
April 2006On-Site Child Air Bag-Related Fatality Investigation
Vehicle - 1995 Ford Mustang
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 508KB - 16 pages
June 2006Child Safety Seat Investigation / Vehicle to Vehicle
2006 Ford Mustang
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 3,228KB - 22 pages
16 June 2006Safety Compliance Testing for FMVSS No. 103: Windshield Defrosting and Defogging Systems
2006 Ford Mustang, Passenger Car
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 1.2MB - 30 pages
16 June 2006Safety Compliance Testing for FMVSS 104: Windshield Wiping and Washing Systems
2006 Ford Mustang, Passenger Car
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 1.3MB - 31 pages
27 October 2006Safety Compliance Testing for FMVSS 225: Child Restraint Anchorage Systems (Lower and Tether Anchorages)
2006 Ford Mustang, Passenger Car
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 4.9MB - 83 pages
22 August 2007Vehicle Safety Compliance Testing for FMVSS 208, Occupant Crash Protection; FMVSS 212, Windshield Mounting; FMVSS 219, Windshield Intrustion (Partial); FMVSS 301, Fuel System Integrity
2007 Ford Mustang Passenger Car
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 16.3MB - 314 pages
19 September 2007Safety Compliance Testing for FMVSS 201: Occupant Protection in Interior Impact, Upper Interior Head Impact Protection
2007 Ford Mustang, 2-Door Coupe Deluxe
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 4.5MB - 164 pages
3 March 2008NHTSA Recall 08E019000
Intercontinental Auto Parts ALG 44/1, Purolator F10024, 1978-1980 Ford Bronco, 1977 Ford Country Squire, 1977-1980 Ford E-Series, 1978-1982 Ford F-Series, 1980 Ford Fairmont, 1979-1980 Ford Granada, 1977, 1979-1980 Ford LTD, 1980 Ford Mustang, 1975 Ford Pinto
1979 Ford Ranchero, 1977-1980 Ford Thunderbird, 1980 Lincoln Versailles, 1975 Mercury Bobcat, 1977, 1979-1980 Mercury Capri, 1977, 1979-1980 Mercury Colony Park, 1977-1980 Mercury Cougar, 1977, 1979-1980 Mercury Grand Marquis, 1979-1980 Mercury Monarch, 1980 Mercury Zephyr
FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE:DELIVERY:FUEL PUMP
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Recall Page - 1 page
6 March 200808E-019
To: Daniel C. Smith, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
From: Intercontinental Auto Parts

PDF
- 696KB - 10 pages
12 March 2008Aftermarket Fuel Filter/Leak
To: William Billich, Intercontinental Auto Parts
From: George H. Person, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 113KB - 3 pages
14 March 2008Safety Recall Notice to Customers
Intercontinental Auto Parts

PDF
- 222KB - 3 pages
23 April 2008Vehicle Safety Compliance Testing for FMVSS 208, Occupant Crash Protection; FMVSS 212, Windshield Mounting; FMVSS 219, Windshield Intrustion (Partial); FMVSS 301, Fuel System Integrity
2007 Ford Mustang Passenger Car
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 9.5MB - 168 pages
30 April 200808E-019—Intercontinental Auto Parts, Inc. First Quarterly Campaign Report (2008-1st Quarter)
Intercontinental Auto Parts

PDF
- 24KB - 1 page
3rd Quarter 2008Intercontinental Auto Parts 573.7 Third Quarterly Report
Intercontinental Auto Parts

PDF
- 40KB - 1 page
4th Quarter 2008Intercontinental Auto Parts 573.7 Fourth Quarterly Report
Intercontinental Auto Parts

PDF
- 40KB - 1 page
29 January 200908E-019—Intercontinental Auto Parts, Inc. Quarterly Campaign Reports
Intercontinental Auto Parts

PDF
- 24KB - 2 pages
March 2009Calspan On-Site Rollover Crash Investigation
Vehicle: 2009 Ford Mustang
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 732KB - 15 pages
January 2010On-Site Certified Advanced 208-Compliant Vehicle Investigation
Vehicle - 2007 Ford Mustang Convertible
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 1,763KB - 28 pages


1982 Specifications

Model5.0 GT
0-60 mph*8.0 seconds
80-0 mph*312 feet
Cornering Capability*0.736g
Interior Noise @ 70mph*76 dBA
Fuel Economy*15.5 mpg
*=Test conducted by Road & Track, June 1982 issue

2006 Specifications

Full 2006 Mustang Specifications via AmericanMuscle

V6GT
Engine TypeV6 SOHCV8 3-valve
Engine Displacement4.0L
Fuel Mileage with Manual Transmission19 mpg city/28 mpg highway17 mpg city/25 mpg highway
Fuel Mileage with Automatic Transmission19 mpg city/25 mpg highway18 mpg city/23 mpg highway


Merchandise

Type & Item #NameDetails
Die Cast - Hot Wheels R0947-B9A0B G2'62 Ford Mustang Concept2010 New Models, small scale, red
Die Cast - Fresh Cherries 73600L1977 Ford Mustang IISmall scale, avocado green
Model Kit - Monogram 2297Ford Motorsport Mustang IMSA Racer1:24 scale, #16
Model Kit - Monogram 2946'91 Mustang GT Convertible1:24 scale
Die Cast - Hot Wheels T9866-09GN'92 Ford MustangHW Racing '11, small scale, blue w/white stripes "Hot Wheels" #8
Model Kit - AMT 61781994 Ford Mustang GT1:25 scale
Die Cast - GMP 130071994 AER/Ron Fellows Ford Trans-Am Mustang1:18 scale, #4 Production:  1,500
Die Cast - Hot Wheels 54375-0711Mustang CobraSweet Rides, small scale, silver & blue Nestle Crunch #12
Die Cast - Hot Wheels 54375-E910Mustang CobraSweet Rides, small scale, silver & blue Nestle Crunch #12 Race & Win! Online
Die Cast - Motor Max 736011998 MustangSuper Wheels, small scale, dark green
Die Cast - GMP 13011Gentilozzi Homelink Mustang1:18 scale, #1, Production: 1,000
Die Cast - GMP 13014Brian Simo #2 1999 Valvoline Mustang1:18 scale, #2, Production: 1,000
Die Cast - Matchbox K9479-0910Ford Mustang GT ConceptMBX Metal, 1:62 scale, yellow w/gray stripes
Die Cast Model Kit - Beanstalk Group 20030Mustang GT Concept1:18 scale, red convertible
Die Cast Model Kit - Beanstalk Group 20035Mustang GT Concept1:18 scale, silver coupe
Die Cast - Hot Wheels G6725-0715 (C4982)2005 Ford Mustang GT2005 First Editions/Realistix, small scale, dark red
Die Cast - Hot Wheels J8021-17162005 Ford Mustang GT2005 First Editions/Realistix, small scale, yellow w/black hood
Die Cast - Shelby Collectibles DC07500012007 Shelby G.T. 5001:18 scale, 2005 Prototype red w/white stripes
Die Cast - Hot Wheels L9915-0918A'07 Shelby GT-5002008 New Models, small scale, red w/white stripes
Die Cast - Shelby Collectibles DC8500KR022008 Shelby GT500KR1:18 scale, 2005 Prototype yellow w/black hood
Die Cast - Hot Wheels N4047-0919E2010 Ford Mustang GT2009 New Models, small scale, red


Article Index

DateArticleAuthor/Source
28 July 1999NHTSA WARNS FORD SVT MUSTANG COBRA OWNERS ABOUT POSSIBLE BRAKE HOSE FAILURESNHTSA
13 December 2002NHTSA Safety Complaint: 2001 Ford Mustanganonymous
29 January 2006Buying a Ford MustangChris Alexander
4 August 20062007 Ford Shelby GT-H Mustang Sold For $250,000Jason Moore
10 May 2007Ford To Trim Vehicle OffersAnthony Fontanelle
18 May 20072008 Mustang: Ford's Brand New WarriorAnthony Fontanelle
14 December 20072008 Ford Shelby GT500KR is the New KITTAnthony Fontanelle
14 December 2007Ford Offers Glass Roof Option for the MustangAnthony Fontanelle
18 June 2008Teens Would Choose Ford MustangAnthony Fontanelle
8 October 2009Ford Mustang OverviewRyan Pinney
5 November 2009La Plata Woman Sentenced for Interstate Transportation of Stolen PropertyU.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of Missouri
26 February 2010Patrick Sheltra Lends Personal Vehicle To Lead Field At PBIRChris Knight
23 July 2010Ford Motor Company, Roush and DUB Magazine Create Specialized 2011 MustangRob Gillingham
6 July 2011American Muscle's 3rd Annual Mustang ShowSean Dawes
20 December 2011Custom C4 Packages for Coyote Class Dynamic Racing Transmissions
15 March 2012Ford Racing Continues Sponsorship of PSCA Mustang ClassPacific Street Car Association
9 January 2013Is the new Ford Mustang the car the Evos was meant to be? Matt Hubbard, Speedmonkey
20 February 2013Fox Hunters and CowboysBill Crittenden
25 September 2013Mustang - A Living Legend Geoff Maxted, DriveWrite Automotive
21 November 2013The Global Mustang Is On Its Way Geoff Maxted, DriveWrite Automotive
5 December 2013Here's The New Ford Mustang Matt Hubbard, Speedmonkey
11 December 2013Do We Really Want A UK-Spec Mustang? Matt Hubbard, Speedmonkey
17 April 2014US Automaker Marks 50 Years of Classic MustangVOA News
12 September 2014Official: 2015 Ford Mustang Fuel Economy Numbers Decline Across the Lineup Patrick Rall
5 January 2015AMSOIL Introduces Signature Series 5W-50 Synthetic Motor Oil for Ford MustangsAmsoil Inc.
20 March 2015NHTSA Safety Complaint 10695555: 2012 Ford Mustanganonymous
20 May 2015Chip Foose & MMD Unveil 800+ HP 2015 Mustang AmericanMuscle
21 May 2015Ford Mustang Outsold Camaro 42 Times in 51 Years Patrick Rall
9 June 20152005-2014 Ford Mustang Added to Takata Airbag Recall ListPatrick Rall
24 June 2015Here is the First 2015 Ford Mustang Race Car Patrick Rall
30 June 2015Camaro Spoils Shelby GT350R-C Mustang Racing Debut Patrick Rall
2 July 2015New Ford Mustang Stomps Camaro, Challenger in Slow June Patrick Rall
24 August 2015The New Shelby GT350 Mustang is Almost Here Patrick Rall
22 September 2015Ford Mustang GT Leads 21 Sporty Cars in Bang for the Buck Patrick Rall




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