Friday, August 29, 2014

Friday Car Pr0n #45

Had a real conundrum trying to figure out what to post for today, numerically. The first thing that came to mind was a Ferrari 308, in honor of Magnum, PI (who carried, naturally, a .45 ACP Colt 1911). Unfortunately, that came up a short while ago in the "seen around town" segment, so it was back to the drawing board.

Then it hit me.


Yeah, it's a stretch, I know. Colt = horse = pony = Mustang. They're both uniquely American. They're both icons. They both feature equines as their symbols. They both... well, that's about all the mileage I can get out of the comparison, but you get the idea.

This particular Mustang is the '88 GT, which in retrospect was a pretty lackluster variant, but for me remains the single image of what the "Mustang" is. Not that it's the best example, far from it. It's simply what was current production as I came of age. Just like the third generation C/K series of trucks defines what sticks out in my mind as a Chevy pickup, or Roger Moore as James Bond, it's simply what was in production as I was coming of age.


Now, don't get me wrong - I would gladly take a 1964½ Mustang over an '88 any day...

That is all.


11 comments:

libertyman said...

The Mustang was an inspired move by Ford. I remember when it came out at a base price of $2195.

Rob said...

The only mustangs I recognize are those made from 1964-1970 and those made after 2005. Those made in between may wear the Mustang badge, but they aren't Mustangs.

Angus McThag said...

Look carefully in the credits scenes of Magnum PI, that's not a .45 magazine.

Dave H said...

Friday Gun Pr0n? Looks more like a car to me.

I know what you mean about age & icons. To me a Mustang is a '69, Sean Connery is James Bond, and music is Chicago & Heart.

Anonymous said...

One of my first cars was a 1976 Mustang II with the Cobra II package. Blue with white stripes.

3300 anemic 6. Automatic with a real functioning 8-Trak player.

The 1976 Monte Carlo (350) was faster (and significantly heavier) than the car my brother called "Bernadette".

My family is the kind that usually only pays for the privledge of being a first owner once. The gild falls off that lilly pretty fast when you can go back 2 model years and get a good car with some sort of track record for a reasonable price.

Joseph in IL

Knucklehead said...

Roger Moore as you vision of James Bond is no way to go through life, young man.

Bradley said...

that 88 you show is a great car for building one damn fast street machine, light(as cars go with out going exotic) factory 4 link, more parts and upgrades you can throw at it then you can shake a stick. room under the hood for a 460(or bigger).


I so need to find one with a v6 and an auto(so i know the frame is not tweaked) where the seller is not on crack.

Evyl Robot Michael said...

Hey look! Jay's Gun Porn of the day is a Colt Mustang!

Kevin said...

I had an '88LX 5.0. Same engine, 215Hp fuel-injected 302, but it made 300 ft.lbs of torque at 3200RPM and pulled pretty hard up to about 5000RPM where it ran out of breath. (The LX was a bit lighter than the GT - less aero crap on it.)

LOVED that thing.

Like my 2011 GT 5.0 MUCH more!

Jay G said...

Dave, Evyl...

Fixed, thanks. Six+ years of habits die hard, apparently...

Knucklehead,

Please note I did *NOT* say that I preferred Mr. Moore as Mr. Bond...

Just that when I hear "James Bond", Roger Moore is the picture in my head. Simply because when I was in my formative years, he was the actor playing 007...

Larry said...

The 88 actually represented a great victory for Mustangers. Ford had intended the Mustang to be built offshore, front wheel drive and 4 cylinder. They released it as the Probe. Mustangers everywhere said "Neigh!" so Ford stuck a new nose on the Fox body and the rest, as they say, is history.

And seriously? You don't recognize the Fox bodies as Mustangs? If it hadn't been for the 79 Fox body redesign it is very likely there would be no more Mustang at all...or Camaro...or Challenger. They would all be as dead as Firebird.

Long live the ponycar!