When the idea for the Ford Mustang was originally forming, accessibility was the priority. The man behind the design, Lee Iacocca, wanted the Mustang to have four seats and be very affordable. This meant that the average American and his or her family could enjoy a well-made and well-engineered performance car.
The first Mustang is referred to as the 1964 ½ because of when it was released. It debuted to almost immediate acclaim and was even featured in the James Bond film Goldfinger. The next production year saw the introduction of the fastback as well as a 4.7-liter engine.
The second generation Mustang debuted in 1974. The new design was significantly influenced by tighter US emission standards. The new Mustang was smaller, but it was also heavier. The 302 Windsor V8 was brought back after having been discontinued.
The third generation was introduced in 1979, and the Mustang wouldn’t see a redesign again until 1994. For its first seven years of production, the third-gen Mustang had four headlights, and is now known affectionately as “four eyes.” Electronic fuel injection replaced carburetors in 1986.
In 1994, fourth generation Mustang arrived and the new design incorporated design cues from previous generations. In 1999, the fourth-gen received the New Edge styling theme.
The fifth generation Mustang lasted from 2005 to 2014 and brought back the Fastback look from days of yore. This generation saw a dramatic increase in fuel economy and also the introduction of a V8 aluminum engine.
The latest generation debuted as the 2015 model. Changes included a wider, lower body and the introduction of a new independent rear suspension. Ford focused on safety this time around and the newest Mustang subsequently earned a 5-Star rating from the NHSTA. There’s more interior volume and a newly available 2.3-liter EcoBoost 310-hp fourcylinder.
The Ford Mustang is the only pony car to have never gone out of production. The most recent generation of the Ford Mustang proves that it most likely never will. See the newest Ford Mustang today here at Nick Nicholas Ford in Inverness, Florida!