On April 17, 1964, the New York World’s Fair had the honor of the debut of the first Ford Mustang. At the time, Ford called the car “the car that dreams are made of” and predicted it would sell 100,000 units. That year, Mustangs were priced at $2,368 – the auto manufacturer sold over 400,000 units.
Since the beginning, Ford sold over nine million units. That year, Ford disassembled a Mustang and hauled it up to the top of the Empire State Building. This year, for the Mustang’s 50th anniversary, the auto manufacturer plans to recreate that stunt.
The Ford Mustang ran through six generations and many models – and the newest are available at Richmond Ford. The first generation ran from 1964 to 1973. The second generation ran from 1974 through 1978. The third generation was sold from 1979 through 1993. The fourth generation was sold from 1994 through 2004. The fifth generation ran from 2005 through 2014. And the auto manufacturer is now working on its sixth generation – the 2015 model year.
Currently, there are 10 different models to choose from:
- The V6 model;
- The V6 Premium;
- The V6 Convertible;
- The GT;
- The V6 Premium Convertible;
- The GT Premium;
- The GT Convertible;
- The GT Premium Convertible;
- The Shelby GT500; and
- The Shelby GT500 Convertible.
The Shelby GT500 and the Shelby GT500 Convertible feature a supercharged 5.8-liter engine that puts out 662 horsepower and 631 pound-feet of torque. The GT, GT Premium, GT Convertible and GT Premium Convertible all feature Ford’s 5.0-liter engine. The V6 Premium Convertible, V6 Convertible, V6 Premium and the V6 all feature a 305-horsepower V6 engine. All engines are backed by a six-speed manual transmission except the Shelby GT500 and Shelby GT500 Convertible – those two models feature a Tremec six-speed manual transmission.
The first generation also saw some additional models including the ever popular Mach 1, Boss 302 and the Boss 429. The Boss models were created to market Ford’s racing engines, but they quickly became popular on the street. Even now, if you can still find a Boss model, it commands a steep price.
1969 was the last year for the GT option until the third generation when available trim levels included the L, GL, GLX, LX, GT and Turbo GT. The Turbo GT was available only in 1983 and 1984. Additionally, the SVO was available from 1984 through 1986, the Cobra from 1979 through 1981 and again from 1989 through 1993, the Cobra R in 1993 and the Ghia.
To learn more about any of the models currently available, stop by Richmond Ford to test drive one of the Mustang models.