On April 17, 1964, at the New York Auto Show, the first generation of the Ford Mustang was presented with some Falcon components, a coupe vehicle with a unique essence for the time, accessible (at least in the United States), which it broke with the classic designs, compared to the cars of those years and had about 418,000 units sold in the first year.
In addition, it became the first “American compact” with great power and “patented” the pony car category (in relation to the car’s own logo), unlike muscle cars, which were those.
El factor Shelby
A year later, in 1965, despite the successful launch, Ford was looking to improve the performance of the Mustang’s engines to insert it into a competition frame, and that is why it hired Caroll Shelby, who developed the GT 350 and GT 500 , both with V8 engines, ranging from 306 hp to 355 hp, added to a redesign of the fastback type body to achieve an improvement in aerodynamics.
Likewise, a not minor detail for the followers of these versions, is the cobra that it carries as a badge in its logo, which lasted alongside the significant engine from 1965 to 1970, at least in this generation.
The end of the first Mustang and its new generations
By 1969, 11 versions of the successful Ford product were available, including the Boss, GT and Mach 1, although the conflict of the oil crisis forced the American firm to reduce the units offered, leaving the latter as the only model. available in all its range for 1973. At the same time, by the beginning of the 70 ‘, the sports car had increased in dimensions, generating a robust appearance with changes in the bumpers.
Mustang in Argentina
Throughout these 57 years, Ford’s pony car did not have a strong presence in the country, not only because it was a high-end car (at least in Argentina), but because it was officially only presented in 2016 with its sixth generation, after experiencing a global opening strategy by the US firm.
The list price listed since your return is $ 95,000. In previous decades, few units were marketed, more specifically the first generation in the 1960s and a few other fourth generation models in the late 1990s.
On the big screen
The Mustang won the affection of popular culture, not only for its design and its fame within Ford as a pony car, but also for its diffusion in successful films such as Goldfinger, released in the same year that the first generation was released. of the oval sports car. In this way, it was one of the main debuts of this classic model in a feature film by the hand of Sean Connery starring James Bond.
Other examples were Bullitt, released in 1968 with Steve McQueen as a reference, with a green Mustang GT as the main vehicle; The Diamonds are Eternal (1971), again with Connery, this time aboard a Mach 1, playing James Bond; 60 Seconds (2000), with Nicolás Cage at the helm, where the character calls his 1967 Shelby GT 500, Eleonor, a model that he uses to mislead the authorities who are persecuting him; I am Legend (2007), film with Will Smith as the main actor, in the role of Dr. Robert Neville, where he uses his Mustang Shelby GT 500 to find a cure for an evil that harmed the human race.
For 1974, with measurements lower than the traditional ones and based on the Ford Pinto, the second generation of the Mustang went on sale, which only lasted for four years unlike the previous edition. On the other hand, although V8 engines were added and the Cobra returned in some variants, the focus was on passenger compartment comfort and fuel consumption.
In 1979, the third generation of the coupe from the Detroit brand was born with a completely different design from the original in 1964, similar to that of European cars. The vehicle was lightweight, moved to front-wheel drive, and added more plastics than various models from the 1980s. Unlike the previous redesign, which lasted for four years, this edition was marketed until 1993.
A year later, the fourth generation of the Mustang again received profound changes with rounder lines, new wheels, optics, redesigned skirts in the same way as the grille, which again incorporated the flagship horse of the Ford model. This redesign was produced until 2004.
The fifth generation underwent a complete change in design, as it returned to its origins by creating a new vehicle, but with the essence of the first Mustangs of the 60s. Although it incorporated technology, new engines and various elements of the new century, the model was inspired by the classic style of the first generation, respecting its original lines despite having greater dimensions. In addition, Ford relaunched the Shelby versions with powerful engines, and managed to achieve similar performance to that of super sports cars.
The sixth generation was unveiled at the end of 2013 and went on sale in 2015. Beyond that the most noticeable changes were the drop of the roof in the rear area, tweaks to the nose, and in some cases, more environmentally friendly engines. In the environment, the main focus was on the expansion of the Mustang globally, which allowed the Ford product to enter new markets (about 150 countries) and become the best-selling sports vehicle in the world.
With the high-performance versions Bullitt, Shelby GT350R and Shelby GT500, the Ford Mustang meets the demands of its most demanding customers. Since its launch in 2016 until today, the new generation of Mustang has remained the leader in the pony car segment in Argentina, offering its customers unique performance and a superlative level of equipment in terms of safety and technology.
With its 5.0L TiVCT V8 engine, with 4 valves per cylinder and variable timing, Mustang GT offers a maximum power of 466 hp at 7,000 rpm and a maximum torque of 569 Nm at 4600 rpm. It has a 10-speed sequential automatic transmission with paddles at the wheel – it allows an instant gear shift and within reach of the hands even in curves due to its location on the steering wheel – and MagneRide damping system, which allows you to vary the hardness of the shock absorbers to achieve a personalized driving experience.
The vehicle is produced exclusively in the specific color requested, which can be chosen from Ebony Black, Oxford White, Silver Gray or Mercury Gray, at Ford’s Flat Rock plant in Michigan, USA. In turn, the Mach 1 version will join the Mustang family in Argentina this year and the automaker anticipated that more news will be announced soon. In the local market, the Mustang ranks at the top of its segment as the most successful sports car.