Mustang 50th

The Ford Mustang
50th anniversary

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Mustang memory: Terrible handling
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 12
As much as I appreciate the overwhelming coverage of the 50th anniversary of the Ford Mustang ("A nifty 50 for the Mustang," April 14), I'd like to add some sober notes. ...
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  • FEATURE

    2015 Ford Mustang order guide hints at key options

    2:04 pm U.S. ET | April 23, 2014
    The 2015 Ford Mustang order guide is now available to U.S. dealers and the options include a lot of familiar stuff such as racing stripes and tech packages.... Read More »

  • FEATURE

    Lots of buzz in New York

    12:01 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014
    As always, we all caught our breath after the Detroit auto show.... Read More »

  • FEATURE

    Happy 50th to an American icon

    12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
    The Ford Mustang is 50 years old. It deserves a celebration, and I am sure Ford is planning an appropriate party.... Read More »

  • VIDEO

    Mustang marketing over the years

    12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
    Early on, it was a car to make 'weak men strong, and strong men invincible.' The Ford Mustang's marketing has come a long way in 50 years, yet one thing has remained constant: 'It's a car that's always been advertised to people's most personal wishes.'... Watch The Video »

  • PHOTOS

    Rivals tried, but none matched the Mustang's sales in the 60's

    The Mustang’s runaway success after its April 1964 debut left most of Ford Motor Co.’s rivals scrambling to develop their own pony cars.
    Three years later, the Mustang had plenty of competition but no other sporty compact came close to matching the Mustang’s sales in the 1960s. Click through our gallery to see some of the Mustang's early competitors. Go to the Gallery »

  • PHOTOS

    Relive the 1960's with vintage Ford Mustang ads

    When the Ford Mustang debuted, it came out in style. It was proudly displayed at the 1964 New York World’s Fair, and showcased at dealerships across the country the same day for Americans, especially the young, to see.
    Mustang ads from the 1960s pitched not only the pony car’s attributes — sporty styling, standard bucket seats, V-6 engine, padded dash, floor shifter and “wall-to-wall” carpeting chief among them — but the idea that owning a Mustang could turn even a dullard into the life of the party.
    So sit back, crank up some of The Fab Four, and click through our gallery to get a taste of vintage Mustang ads. Go to the Gallery »

  • PHOTOS

    When the Mustang almost died

    Two decades after the iconic Ford Mustang first debuted, designers and engineers reached a crossroads. Where to go with the future of the pony car? The story of how the Mustang nearly became a front-wheel drive, Mazda-based car for the 1989 model year is the tale of the Mustang’s closest brush with death in its 50-year history. Click through our gallery to see the design that eventually became the Ford Probe and other potential avenues Ford could have taken the car. Go to the Gallery »

  • PHOTOS

    The 10 coolest Mustangs ever (OK, let the arguments begin)

    To keep interest in the Mustang stoked, Ford Motor Co. has created or sanctioned the creation of special edition and limited production models almost since the day the car was born 50 years ago. From the high-performance Shelby cars to the extremely rare, race-ready Boss 302, 351 and 429 models of the late 1960s and early ’70s, to the King Cobra, SVO and anniversary models that came later, a collector could fill a warehouse with special Mustangs. Choosing just 10 is no easy feat. But we took a shot. Here’s our dream garage of special Mustangs from every era. -- Richard Truett Go to the Gallery »

  • FEATURE

    Ford honors the past, launches new pony for a shifting market

    12:01 am U.S. ET | April 13, 2014
    The golden shine from the Mustang's spectacular launch in 1964 has long since faded. But with a series of anniversary celebrations planned this week from coast to coast, Ford aims to shower at least some of the original pony car's magic dust on the redesigned 2015 model, the first Mustang crafted for global markets.... Read More »

  • BLOG

    Mustang changed lives, inspired careers

    12:01 am U.S. ET | April 13, 2014
    RICHARD TRUETT:
    Just like countless other kids around the world who were captivated by the original Mustang and decided they wanted to be mechanics, designers, engineers, race car drivers, etc., I knew I would have a future under the hood of cars.... Read More »

  • FEATURE

    Lee Iacocca looks back at the 1964 sensation that was Ford Mustang

    12:01 am U.S. ET | April 12, 2014
    Success has many fathers but failure is an orphan, or so the saying goes. Though many names are associated with the Ford Mustang's extraordinary half-century run, the irrepressible Lee Iacocca sits at the top of that list. If Iacocca made the Mustang, the Mustang also made Iacocca.... Read More »

  • FEATURE

    Hype, hipness, price propelled the Mustang to early success

    12:01 am U.S. ET | April 12, 2014
    Behind the record-breaking sales and cultural shockwave created by Ford Motor Co.'s original pony car was a massive advertising campaign with a scale and message that broke new ground for the era. Automotive News at the time called the Mustang's advertising bonanza "one of the largest promotional splurges in history."... Read More »

  • FEATURE

    Carroll Shelby helped Ford build performance cred

    12:01 am U.S. ET | April 11, 2014
    Carroll Shelby roared through the world's automotive scene like a tornado, leaving marks as a racer, automaker, marketer and businessman. He is the only man to win Le Mans as a driver, team owner and manufacturer. The name Shelby is synonymous with performance, and no one did more to burnish Ford's performance cred.... Read More »

  • FEATURE

    Sperlich: Mustang 'was all about youth'

    12:01 am U.S. ET | April 11, 2014
    Among the Ford Mustang's fathers, Hal Sperlich is one of the most fascinating. Sperlich gets credit for being the product-planning genius behind the Ford Mustang and Chrysler's original minivan, the vehicles that made Lee Iacocca famous.... Read More »

  • VIDEO

    A walk through 50 years of Mustang

    12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
    Fastbacks, Fox bodies and Farrah Fawcett: A personal tour of some of the most pivotal cars to sport that famous pony-car badge.... Watch The Video »

  • VIDEO

    '65 Ford Mustang: A people magnet

    12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
    Americans didn’t waste any time getting behind the wheel of the first Ford Mustang. Young people flocked to the sporty, affordable car. Nearly 420,000 were driven off dealer lots in the first year – including 22,000 on the initial, craze-filled weekend.... Watch The Video »

  • FEATURE

    The pony car was all about personalization -- 'do your own thing'

    12:01 am U.S. ET | April 11, 2014
    Try to think about the Ford Mustang from a rational perspective, and its phenomenal early success just doesn't compute. The Mustang was a two-door, sporty car, the very definition of a niche product with limited appeal. It also was developed on a shoestring budget. But it roared out of the gates.... Read More »

  • FEATURE

    Ford Mustang timeline

    8:32 am U.S. ET | April 11, 2014
    A look at the Mustang, from debut to the newest model... Read More »

  • FEATURE

    Mustang's classic cues

    8:32 am U.S. ET | April 11, 2014
    Ford's Mustang has changed shapes many times in its 50-year gallop. For 2005, when the Mustang was rebuilt from the wheels up, nearly all of the car's signature styling cues from the 1960s and early '70s were updated. Through the years, every Mustang has had a long hood and a short decklid. The 2015 Mustang coming this fall further refines the car's DNA.... Read More »

  • FEATURE

    The pony car's first dream team

    8:54 am U.S. ET | April 11, 2014
    A look at the men who came together to envision, design, build and market one of the most successful cars in automotive history.... Read More »

  • FEATURE

    Rivals tried, but none matched the Mustang's sales in the '60s

    12:01 am U.S. ET | April 11, 2014
    The Mustang's runaway success after its April 1964 debut left most of Ford Motor Co.'s rivals scrambling to develop their own pony cars. Three years later, the Mustang had plenty of competition but no other sporty compact came close to matching the Mustang's sales in the 1960s.... Read More »

  • FEATURE

    50 nifty things you may not know about the Mustang

    9:07 am U.S. ET | April 11, 2014
    A look back at a few factoids about the 50-year-old Mustang... Read More »

  • FEATURE

    How Ford's pony car survived a brush with death

    12:01 am U.S. ET | April 11, 2014
    A 1987 issue of AutoWeek magazine featured a shocking cover story that revealed Ford's plans to build the 1989 Mustang on a Mazda front-wheel-drive platform. Howls of protest eventually prompted Ford to reverse course. The Mazda-designed Mustang, code-named ST-16, would become the Ford Probe and join the Mustang in Ford showrooms.... Read More »

  • FEATURE

    Mustang made Galpin Motors a power player

    8:32 am U.S. ET | April 11, 2014
    In early 1964, Galpin Motors was a small dealership with a two-car showroom in San Fernando, Calif., northwest of Los Angeles. Then the Mustang thundered into the Ford lineup and nothing would be the same.... Read More »

  • FEATURE

    Whereabouts of the first Mustang remain a mystery

    8:32 am U.S. ET | April 11, 2014
    Because precise production records were not kept at the time and the early cars were not built in sequential order, no one knows the serial number of the first Mustang built.... Read More »

  • FEATURE

    Ford will redo Empire State stunt for Mustang

    12:01 am U.S. ET | March 31, 2014
    As the 50th anniversary of the unveiling of the Mustang in New York nears, Ford has rediscovered its old marketing playbook and is using it to herald the occasion.... Read More »

  • BLOG

    For '15 Mustang, deją vu high above Manhattan

    1:06 pm U.S. ET | March 25, 2014
    DAVID PHILLIPS:
    As the 50th anniversary of the unveiling of the Mustang in New York nears, Ford has rediscovered its old marketing playbook. The company said today it will place the redesigned 2015 Mustang on the 86th floor observation deck of the famed Empire State building -- no small feat -- replicating a stunt it did with the original pony car back in 1965.... Read More »

2015 Mustang Launch
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More power to the redesigned Mustang
12:01 am U.S. ET, July 21
Ford Motor Co. last week finally answered the two questions Mustang fans have wondered about all year: weight and power. ...
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Ford will redo Empire State stunt for Mustang
 

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Canadian dealer buries a Jeep, hires an ambassador and puts on the Ritz

Canadian dealer buries a Jeep, hires an ambassador and puts on the Ritz

At Bay King Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram in Hamilton, Ontario, dealer Jamie Richter has put luxury-hotel touches in his new showroom. They include concierges who see to the needs of service customers. Mon., December 15
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