In 1964, Ford started manufacturing one of the most successful car models in the history of the automobile industry--the Mustang. As Ford's third oldest nameplate, this model has inspired different generations of vehicles with short rear decks and long hoods or "pony cars." Though it has seen major revamps since it was first introduced, the Mustang continues to inspire and reinvent automobile history through its innovations in performance and style.
1965: Shelby Mustang
Although it was only available for the then newly introduced Mustang fastbacks, the Shelby Mustang was still a big hit in 1965 with a total production of 562 units. These Mustangs were equipped with side-exit dual exhaust with glass-pack mufflers, Goodyear "Blue Dot" tires that had 130 mph ratings, and over-rider traction bars. Also, the 1965 Mustangs modified by Shelby American feature either the Le Mans stripes or the Guardsman Blue rocker stripes.
1973: Mustang II
Two months prior the 1973 oil crisis, Ford introduced the second generation Mustang. Based on the subcompact Pinto, the Mustang II was smaller and came with the option known as the MPG Stallion which aimed to boost fuel efficiency. However, because of the then newly implemented safety and emission regulations in the United States, the 1973 Mustang was heavier and had reduced overall performance.
1979: Fox platform
To keep up with the public's demands, Ford decided to make the Mustang longer and more spacious by basing it on the Fox platform. Through this automobile architecture, the 1979 Mustang was able to seat four people comfortably despite its downsized back seat. What's more, the Mustangs that were manufactured in this year had larger engine bays and trunks therefore making them easier to service.
1984: Special Vehicle Operations
In 1984, Ford established the Special Vehicle Operations Department which was publicly known as SVO. This department designed the limited and high-performance 1984 Mustang SVO which was equipped with a 2.3 liter turbocharged inline-4 engine that produced 175 horsepower. The other unique features of the SVO-designed Mustang were the 16-inch wheels, bi-plane rear spoiler, and four-wheel disc brakes.
1999: New Edge
The Mustang was once again revamped in 1999 under Ford's New Edge theme. Though the restyled Mustang had the same chassis, proportions, and interior design, it was still notable because of its bigger wheel arches, creased bodywork, and edgier contour. In terms of performance, the revamped Mustang was installed with a 3.8 L V6 engine that came with a split-port induction system that produced 190 brake horsepower.
2012: Pony light
As its 2013 model, Ford launched an updated Mustang in the spring of 2012. The latest Mustang is equipped with side mirrors that have small pony projection lights. These special lights, according to Ford, are special because they project the shape of the Mustang emblem on the ground whenever the vehicle is unlocked.