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Ford Mustang
'Mustang' was a name given to Ford's new 'Personal Car' (a term first given to the original Ford Thunderbird 1955) in 1964. There is some debate as to whether 'Mustang' was inspired by wild horses or by the World War Two P51 Mustang fighter plane; either way the genre 'Pony Car' was born in 1964 when the Ford Mustang was launched. There are many claims to the design of the Mustang, including the sketches of Phil Clark, who DID do the Mustang logo and possibly gave it the name 'Mustang'. John Najjar designed a mid-engined concept car, the Mustang 1, and credits Phil Clark with contributing to this. The 4-seater production prototype was developed under Donald N. Frey and attributed to Joe Oros and L. David Ash. The final version raided the parts bin for components from Ford Fairlane and Ford Falcon, and was launched at the 1964 New York Worlds Fair. The launch car was given a 260cu (4260cc) in V8 engine, or a 170cu in (2785cc) 6-cylinder. In the fall of 1964 the 1965 Mustangs were given a 289cu in (4785cc) V8, rear reversing lamps. Also for 1965 a new Fastback body was added to the Coupe and convertible, and a Carroll Shelby GT350 version was also marketed. For 1966 a GT version with grille mounted spotlamps was announced and a horizontal bar was given to the grille. Mustang bodies were revised for 1967 growing longer and taller. The 1969 Mustangs grew even longer, and with the final 1971 year restyle the Mustang grew again in length and width. For 1974 a new smaller second generation was launched.
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Ford Mustang 289 1966 Coupe - badge. The running horse badge is attributed to Phil Clark who later designed the British Ford Capri
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Ford Mustang 289 1965 Fastback - wing badge
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Ford Mustang GT 350 Fastback - wing badge
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Ford Mustang 289 1965 GT - wing badge
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Ford Mustang 302 1968 GT Fastback - badge on front wing
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Ford Mustang 289 Convertible 1965 - grille badge. The distinctive Mustang pony galloping within a corral, signature of all Mustangs, in this case set against the early honeycomb grille.
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Ford Mustang 289 1966 - badge. For 1966 the honeycomb grille was replaced by this chrome bar grille and the 'pony corral' applied onto it.
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Ford Mustand 260 Convertible 1964. Badge for the original 4.2litre V8, quickly supplanted by the 4.7litre '289'.
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Ford Mustang 289 1965 - wing badge
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Ford Mustang 302 1968 GT Fastback - badge. Mustangs were restyled in 1967 and the pony got a less rectangular corral.
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Ford Mustang 289 Convertible 1965. The original honeycomb grille is on this early 1965 car.
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Ford Mustang 289 1965 GT. The GT had been introduced in 1965 with twin spotlamps in the grille, and a tuned engine and drivetrain.
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Ford Mustang 302 1968 GT Fastback. New lines for the 1967 Mustang, and a new 302 cu in (4.948cc) V8 for 1968.
Ford Mustang 260 1964 front Convertible
Ford Mustand 260 Convertible 1964. Early 1964 cars, sometimes called '1964½' model, came with a 4.2litre 260 engine, and the 289 was only offered on '1965 model' Mustangs
Ford Mustang 289 1964 front Convertible
Ford Mustang 289 1964 Convertible. This late 1964 car is the 1965 model year and has the larger 289 engine.
Ford Mustang 289 1964 front Coupe
Ford Mustang 289 1964 Coupe
Ford Mustang 289 1965 front Convertible
Ford Mustang 289 Convertible 1965. As a 'Personal Car' there were many options for trim, wheel embellishers, interior etc, and this convertible shows just one set of choices.
Ford Mustang 289 1965 front Fastback GT350
Ford Mustang GT 350 Fastback. Created in 1965 as a homologation special for American SCCA racing, the Shelby Mustang used a K-code 289 engine reworked to give 302bhp and similar to the engine in the Ac Cobra 289. Sports suspension and brakes were fitted to all GT 350.
Ford Mustang 289 1965 front Fastback
Ford Mustang 289 1965 Fastback. This Fastback is a K-code Mustang with a higher performance engine, tuned driveline and brakes, and was sold with manual gearbox and a shorter warranty.
Ford Mustang 289 1965 front GT
Ford Mustang 289 1965 GT. The GT had been introduced in 1965 with twin spotlamps in the grille, and a tuned engine and drivetrain.
Ford Mustang 289 1965 rear Fastback GT350
Ford Mustang GT 350 Fastback. GT 350 had exhaust through the rear valance as did the ordinary GT. Many GT 350 came without rear seats for lightness, and because the intention was go racing, but increasingly customers wanted them 'softened'.
Ford Mustang 289 1965 rear Fastback
Ford Mustang 289 1965 Fastback. This original fastback roof went about halfway along the boot, leaving a small bootlid, and was designed to be more capaceous for passengers than the Coupe.
Ford Mustang 289 1965 rear GT
Ford Mustang 289 1965 GT. The GT had been introduced in 1965 with quad exhausts through the rear valance
Ford Mustang 289 1966 front Coupe
Ford Mustang 289 1966 Coupe. Until 1965 Mustangs were only available as Coupes and convertibles, the 289 4.7litre engine was offered from late 1964 (1965 model year). This 1966 car shows the chrome grille for 1966 model year.
Ford Mustang 289 1966 front
Ford Mustang 289 1966. This 1966 Mustang displays the 1966 Grille and new trim for the rear wheel arch 'vents'. The massive wheels are non-standard
Ford Mustang 289 1966 rear Coupe
Ford Mustang 289 1966 Coupe.
Ford Mustang 302 1968 front GT Fastback
Ford Mustang 302 1968 GT Fastback. The first restyle of the Mustang came in 1967, and for 1968 Mustangs lost their 'F O R D' badge on the bonnet. A new 302 cu in (4.948cc) V8 replaced the 289 versions
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Ford Mustand 260 Convertible 1964 - interior
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Ford Mustand 260 Convertible 1964 - petrol filler cap
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Ford Mustang 289 1966 - revised filler cap for 1966 without the mustang badge inset
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Ford Mustang 289 1965 Coupe - headlamp
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Ford Mustang 289 1965 GT. The GT had been introduced in 1965 with twin spotlamps in the grille
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Ford Mustang 289 1966 - tail lights. These distinctive triple bar rear lights became the trademark for the Ford Mustang
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Ford Mustang 289 1965 GT. Thefirst 'performance' Mustang with wheels and stripes to match its warmed over specification.
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Ford Mustang GT 350 Fastback. The original Fastback body left a short boot, from 1967 the back went all the way to the edge of the boot.
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Ford Mustang 289 1966 Coupe. This view shows how the rear arch ornament was given 3 'fingers' in 1966
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Ford Mustang 289 1965 Fastback. Dummy vents on the c-pillar which suggest performance.
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Ford Mustang 302 1968 GT Fastback. For the 1967 restyle, the fastback c-pillar was flattened and taken right back to the edge of the bootlid.
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Ford Mustand 260 Convertible 1964 - wheel
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Ford Mustang 289 1965 Fastback - rear wheel
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Ford Mustang 289 1966 - front wheel
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Ford Mustang 302 1968 GT Fastback - rear wheel
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Designer: Phil Clark
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