Thursday, March 27, 2014

Half A Century...

#1 Blogdaughter tipped me to this story. Yes, it really has been 50 years come this April 17th...

50th Anniversary Ford Mustang spotted
What’s believed to be a lightly-camouflaged 50th Anniversary Ford Mustang has been spotted out on a test drive just a few weeks before its expected debut at the 2014 New York International Auto Show.

The GT-spec ‘Stang features several retro styling cues to mark the occasion, including a unique grille with a horizontal chrome bar and corral around the Mustang logo, what appear to be rear quarter window louvers hidden under a black panel, and forked-spoke wheels reminiscent of the ones seen on Edsel Ford II’s custom 1965 Mustang.
Dad G. had a 1964½ Mustang convertible, "Chinese Poppy Red" with a white top. And the 289 ci V8 engine. That car would be worth a small fortune today; alas, New England winters were not kind to it, and it rotted out before I was born (yes, the winters are that bad).

The 50th anniversary 'Stang looks more like the '67 Fastback IMHO:

(picture from link, with attribution to Chris Doane automotive)

Still a good looking car, don't get me wrong. If I were in the market for a midlife crisis car, it'd be one hell of a tossup between the Mustang and the Dodge Challenger. Both are pretty decent updates to the original model, although with the redesign of the 'Stang, I'd have to say the Challenger is closer to the original. Which may or may not be a good thing. The Challenger, however, has a 392 cubic inch plant under the hood putting out some 470 horsepower.

As Tim Allen would say, R-r-r-r-r-r-r-r-r-r-r-r! MOAR POWER!

That is all.


libertyman said...

I remember seeing the Mustang at a local trade show when it came out. At a list price of $2195.00 as I recall. It was a remarkable move by the dull American car companies, and created the category of "Pony Car".
I would say they kept the essence of the original, but the cars today are better in about every way than they were 50 years ago.
Get a Mustang or a Challenger, and enjoy it!

Anonymous said...

That Mustang would look a lot better if it was in dark "Bullitt" green. Just sayin'.

As for the Challenger, I'd recommend waiting a year, when the new "Hellcat" mill becomes available:

A 6.2l supercharged hemi V-8 with 700 street-legal horsepower? Shut up and take my money!

(And I'll take it in Kowalski Vanishing Point white, thank you very much...)

--Wes S.

Ken O said...

You have a Harley and a new career; if you get any more midlife crisis, it's going to involve interns.

Jay G said...

Hey, I've had the Harley since I was in my early 30s!