Why The Mustang Was The Most Enduring Muscle Car
March 23, 2011
Muscle cars are considered as an all-American product that has survived the test of time. These gorgeous cars have been rolling along the streets of America since the 60s and if there's one muscle car that has received the pride and admiration from car enthusiasts all over the world, it was the Mustang.
It was in 1964 when Mustang was introduced by the Ford Motor Company. After just over a year, the company was able to sell over a million Mustangs and since then, this model was considered as the start of a new breed of sports car that would eventually be identified as 'pony cars'.
Mustang was originally made in the early 60s as a two-seater muscle car and then, it was redesigned to a four-seater car, ideal for family use. This pony car immediately became an American icon and in fact, it is the only muscle car that has enjoyed continuous production for over 45 years. The Mustang has went through a lot of changes and now, it is in its 9th generation of development.
The launch of the Mustang is known as one of the most successful launches in the history of the automotive industry. This pony car offered the template for the upcoming class of cars and though Mustang was based on the Falcon's platform, it featured a unique body, which was offered as a convertible and a hardtop coupe. It also had a distinctive, short deck and long hood proportions. Basically, its form was mechanically mundane (with 3-speed manual transmission and 6-cylinder engine). Mustang also had a broad option list - Cruise-O-Matic automatic transmission, V8 engines, radios, power steering, air conditioning and other impressive accessories.
Mustang enjoys its long years of existence in the automotive industry because of its endurance and durability. Ford was able to retain the masculine look of the famous muscle car while giving the upscale designs and the savvy look of its other models.
If you are thinking of restoring an old Mustang, the parts are actually quite easy to find. Ford made it a point to manufacture a lot of spare parts for their crown jewel, however keep in mind that this can take down the retail vlaue of the Mustang should you ever resell it. A Mustang with all of its original parts can fetch a much more handsome sum, so taking the time to find the original numbers may be more than well worth your time.
William Jason has admired classic cars ever since he was a young child and you can read his blog at: http://musclecarmonster.com
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