2014 Mustang Madness Celebration in LA

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MachIV-Mustang-4A meeting of Mustangs that includes coupes from every decade, as well as a few cars that are so distinctive they are surely one-of-a-kind, is kicking-off in Los Angeles, California at the Petersen Automotive Museum on Wilshire Boulevard on May 3 and 4 and continuing through October, 2014. Mustang Madness is the official name of the two-day extravaganza and celebration of all things Mustang (including its 50th birthday). The Mustang exhibit, called “Mustangs Forever: 50 Years of a Legend” will then continue in the Petersen Automotive Museum until through October. Mustangs from all five decades (good and bad) will be represented during the exhibition, as well as some custom pony-cars from every era. If you love the Mustang automobile, then this is a “can’t miss” event for you.


Here is a short rundown of some of the cars which will highlight Mustang Madness:


2015 Ford Mustang 50th Anniversary Limited Edition

2015 Ford MustangOf course, the new Mustang will be represented. This stunning limited edition car features exclusive features that will just blow you away. Only 1,964-units will be offered when production resumes later this spring, so get yours fast. A few of the features include a special pair of paint colors, unique chrome exterior accents, numerous 50th Anniversary badges, a 420-hp 5.0-liter engine with Performance Pack and an automatic transmission (a first for the ‘Stang), along with specially designed wheels, rear window louvers, fuel cap, and virtually every other piece of the car.


1965 Ford Mustang Convertible

Reagan-Mustang-INLINE-626x382This car was driven by President Ronald Reagan (and what a great president he was –a real man’s man) as he toured the state of California during his successful campaign for governor, in 1966. The pale blue Mustang with white interior, owned by Reagan’s campaign manager Dave Tomshay, racked up 16,000-miles on the campaign trail and will be displayed along side other historical and memorable Mustangs.


1974 Ford Mustang II

1974 Ford MustangThis car celebrates the low-point of the Mustang sports coupe, but Petersen wanted them all — good and bad. It was built on the Ford Pinto platform with a four-cylinder econo-box engine as the only choice until 1975 when the 5.0-liter engine was again offered. The Mustang was actually slated to go under the knife, again. Ford had plans to work a Mazda slant into the legendary muscle car, rendering it a gelded front-wheel drive has-been. Luckily Mustang enthusiasts stepped in and let Ford have their opinion on the matter. Kudos to Ford for listening to the consumer market and avoiding a major catastrophe.


1969 Ford Four-Engine Mustang Mach IV Dragster

1969 Ford Four-Engine Mustang Mach IV DragsterThis one-of-a-kind creation features four engines, producing approximately 3,000-hp, in an all-wheel drive configuration. Ford introduced their Mustang Mach IV performance package, powered by a 351-Windsor V8, and drag racer Gary Weckesser answered back with this monstrosity. The engines sit in the front with no covering and use only stainless-steel induction tubes to draw air into the engine (no air-filters). They point directly at the sky, similar to turkeys in a commercial nurturing environment, daring it to rain. With 32-shiny induction tubes and 64-stainless-steel open exhaust headers, there are pipes everywhere. This car is no trailer queen, either — it can dart through the quarter mile in only 7-seconds at a top-speed of 180 mph.


1965 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 “Barn Find”

1965 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 “Barn Find”Okay, nobody really knows if it was found in a barn, however it was garage kept for over 40-years, when it was rediscovered and brought back into working order. The exterior remains in the state which it was rediscovered while the mechanical components have been overhauled. It retains the original Wimbledon White paint scheme with a faded blue GT stripe, along with the original high-performance 289-cubic inch V8 engine and T10 four-speed manual gearbox. The dash features a unique center mounted tachometer.


2011 Ford Mustang with Retractable Hardtop

2011 Ford Mustang with Retractable Hardtop 1This is another one-of-a-kind creation made possible by Galpin Auto Sports. It features a body colored retractable hardtop — and what a body color it is. The burnt orange color on this car is absolutely amazing and the crowds go wild over it. The car was originally introduced during the 2010 SEMA auto show and consumer interest was high. If not for the excessive cost of modification, this could have been a reality for many Mustang owners. This particular car has no rear seat, a Ford Racing suspension kit and a 412-hp 5.0-liter V8 engine with a MagnaFlow high-performance exhaust system.


2009 Lee Iacocca 45th Anniversary Edition Ford Mustang (1 of 45)

LI mustangMany people do not know that Lee Iacocca played an instrumental role in the design and introduction of the original Mustang. He continued to hold sway over the car line until the mid-1970s, when he left Ford and went to the Chrysler Corporation. This Mustang was designed by Michael Leone and constructed by the Gaffoglio Family Coach Works to honor the man (Lee Iacocca) and the car. It has a unique front clip with recessed headlights and an aluminum fastback that extends from the rear windshield to the rear tail lights. It has an exclusive diamond tufted leather interior with “I” badging integrated, custom chrome wheels with the “I” center caps, and “I” badges attached to the dash and steering wheel, too. Ford performance parts abound, as well. There is a cold-air intake, free-flowing cat-back exhaust, various engine controller reprogrammer options, and even a supercharger upgrade available.


1968 Ford Shelby Mustang GT500KR

1968-Shelby-GT500-KR_01When you place the initials “KR” representing King of the Road, then you had better make sure that it it fit to wear the crown. The 428-cubic inch Cobra Jet engine with Ram Air induction and a positive traction rear differential with a 3.5:1 gear ratio goes a long way toward that goal. The Cobra Jet engine was a beefed up version of the 428-Police interceptor. It powered the Super Stock Eliminator Champ during the 1968 NHRA Winternationals. Among its many other charms, this Shelby Mustang bears the autograph of Carrol Shelby in a very prominent place across the passenger side dash board.


2007 Ford Saleen Mustang Parnelli Jones Edition

2007 Parnelli Jones MustangParnelli Jones was a successful race driver who won the Indy 500, numerous stock car, sprint car, and Baja truck races, in addition to winning the 1970 SCCA Trans Am title in a Boss 302 Mustang. I guess that that would make his name an adequate substitution on what is realistically a recreation of the 1970 Boss Mustang. Only 500 of the Parnelli Jones Edition Mustangs were ever created. Each one shipped to the Shelby facility in Irvine, California for a complete makeover. Black hood and side stripes, 19-inch alloy wheels, louvered rear window covers, a functional shaker hood, and a rear spoiler are among the exterior indulgences. An upgraded 5.0-liter engine, specially designed sport tuned suspension, differential, transmission, and brake enhancements including 14-inch front rotors with four-piston calipers make this Mustang truly special where it counts — between the starting line and the checkered flag.


2000 Ford Mustang SVT Cobra Coupe

2000 SVT Mustang SVT CobraThis pony-car, which is not particularly impressive by today’s horsepower standards, was considered a top of the line performance car (just below the level of the Camaro and Firebird models) of its day. It featured a handcrafted 4.6-liter engine that was built under close scrutiny from the Ford Special Vehicle Team (SVT) on a totally separate assembly line from the everyday Mustang engines. Despite the fact that they were only rated at 302-horsepower and 317 lb.-ft. of torque, many innovative performance parts were used in construction (including a stainless-steel dual exhaust system). All SVT Cobra V8 engines also have a signature plate affixed to the right valve cover, which bears the engine team’s names. In addition to other sport tuned suspension items, the SVT Cobra featured a specially designed independent rear-suspension system that was much lighter (125-pounds) than the standard Mustang rear suspension and provided improved road feel and handling, particularly on uneven or bumpy pavement. The SVT Cobra also featured a more luxurious interior than the GT models with power adjustable sport leather seating, a leather shift knob, and leather wrapped steering wheel. Four-wheel antilock disc brakes, remote keyless entry, electronic traction control, and a premium Mach 460 audio system were also standard features.


1968 Ford Mustang GT/CS (Limited Edition)

1968 Mustang GTCSIn 1967 California accounted for nearly 20-percent of total Mustang sales. This made California very special to the Ford Mustang. Regional Ford Dealers wanted to give the state back something special from the Mustang, so they convinced Lee Iacocca to market a limited edition called the California Special. This limited edition was pretty vanilla, with most of the same available options as the standard Mustang. However, the exterior featured fog lamps, chrome hood-pins, side scoops, side stripes with the GT/CS logo cut out, and a California Special badge on each rear quarter-panel made it easily distinguishable from other Mustang models and a prized collector model today. Only about 4,120 of these cars were produced. Some of these limited edition cars were equipped with the conventional Mustang GT trim package but the GT/CS had nothing whatsoever to do with the normal GT package.

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.