Ford Mustang 50 Years Old & Better than Ever

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Mustang Header.jpg&MaxW=630With the introduction of the 2015 Ford Mustang 50th Anniversary Edition, Ford has kicked-off a nationwide celebration with Mustang lovers gathering at multiple locations in humble adoration of the original “Pony” car. As Ford executives unveiled the official commemorative car, at the 2014 New York International Auto Show in Manhattan, New York, USA, and visitors to the Empire State Building were treated to a 2015 Mustang parked on the 86th floor of this historic landmark, members from the Mustang Club of America (MCA) communed together from every continent forming at least two independent motorized wagon trains in a celebration of their own. It is a celebration that marks the past, embraces the present, and looks forward to the future of the Mustang. With all pomp and circumstance laid aside, this could very well be the best Mustang yet.

In 1964, when the Mustang was first introduced to consumers atop the Empire State Building during the World’s Fair, no one could have imagined that it would spawn such a dedicated and loyal group of enthusiasts or that it would have remained in production consistently for 50-years. Nevertheless, the Mustang made it through some tough times to arrive in style with a worldwide debut of the 50th Anniversary Edition Mustang.

Mustang Rr2The 2015 Mustang 50th Anniversary Edition will be based on the “fastback’ platform but it will incorporate the best features from the Mustang GT Fastback package combined with the best features from the Performance Package, to yield a truly special and unique collectible car. This will be a Mustang that is just capable of taking on the challenges of the open-road as sitting idle in a collector’s museum.

Mustang LFThis Mustang has been created with an appearance that can be easily distinguished by its exterior features. The choice of two exclusive colors (Wimbledon White and Kona Blue) is one of only two decisions left for the consumer to make on this commemorative car, with the choice of either an automatic (the first ever offered with the Mustang Performance Package) or manual transmission as the other. The newly redesigned 2015 Ford Mustang already features a more muscular and athletic shape with an aggressive stance; the 50th Anniversary Edition package adds details that take you back to another era in automobiles and the original 1965 Mustang. Carefully arranged chrome accents adorn the front grille area, as well as the Mustang fr 2side glasses, and tri-bar tail lamps. The Kona Blue, in particular stands out in contrast to the nostalgic chrome trim elements. Conspicuous chrome bezels surround the tail lights in silent tribute to a design submitted for the Mustang in 1962 by Gale Halderman. The design gives the impression that the tail lights are of a three-piece configuration but they are constructed with a single-piece, sealed design that is over five-decades old. A counterfeit fuel cap will also be placed on the rear fascia embellished with a “50-Year Limited Edition” signification in tribute to the original. The 50th Anniversary Edition will also be equipped with louvered rear-quarter glasses, which are designed exclusively for this car.

Mustang interiorInside the car, the tribute continues with exclusive seating elements and stitching that includes two-tone black leather and cashmere upholstery with the 50th Anniversary insignia sewn into the seat backs. Unique stitching is also standard on the shifter boot, dash, door panels, center armrest, and seats. Expressly designed floor mats comprised of loop-pile carpeting with cashmere stitching and suede insert panels with the 50th Anniversary Edition insignia sewn-in will also be used. The dash features an aluminum double-brow trim panel with an axel-spin finish that is unique to this car, in addition to another 50th Anniversary badge placed on the passenger side of the dash. Each dash badge is to be serialized and produced at the Flat Rock Assembly Plant, where Mustangs are manufactured. Owners will be issued a leather portfolio containing pertinent paper work on their car. It too will be decorated with the 50th Anniversary badge. Note to Ford: We have got the message — this is a special car (and a special accomplishment) and you would like for it to be recognized as such. You guys have earned it.

Mustang fuel capThe powers that be at FoMoCo know that ardent Mustang fans who have remained steadfast in the ways of performance (for 50-years) don’t just want to sit in and look at their hot-rods — they want to drive them — and fast! This is one Limited Edition Mustang that will be able to run with the pack. For the first time in 50-years, the much heralded Mustang Performance Package will be available with an automatic transmission (although why you would want one — barring some type of physical limitation — is beyond me) only in this 50th Anniversary Edition car. The six-speed automatic will feature steering wheel mounted paddle shifters and will be mated with a 3.55:1 final drive gear, limited slip rear differential. The six-speed manual will get a short throw shifter and a Torsen rear differential with a final drive gear ratio of 3.73:1. Under the hood the potent pony gets a specially tuned 420-horsepower and 390 lb.-ft. of torque 5.0-liter V8 engine (that’s old skool).

Mustang wheelsAdditionally, the 50th Anniversary Limited edition car will roll on specially designed exclusive 19-inch “Y” spoke chrome-steel wheels that are inspired by the ones offered on the 1965 Mustang, 50-years ago. Front wheels are 9-inches wide and outfitted with Pirelli P-Zero summer tires in 255/40ZR19 and the rears are 9.5-inches wide and skinned with 275/40ZR19 rubber. The Mustang Performance Package offers a sport tuned suspension and massive six-piston Brembo brakes with drilled and vented rotors.

The 50th Anniversary Limited Edition 2015 Ford Mustangs will be among the first cars produced when manufacturing resumes in Flat Rock, Michigan, USA, later this year. Only 1,964 Ford Mustangs will be offered in the 50th Anniversary Limited Edition package which is scheduled to go on sale in the fall of 2014.

S.M. Darby

S.M. Darby

I am a freelance author with over 25 years of experience as a professional, ASE certified automotive technician and shop owner, muscle car enthusiast, avid street racer, and classic car restoration specialist.