As the owner of a 67 mustang, I have learned that there are a large number of people who may not have owned a mustang from 64-73, but might have known someon who had one and they really liked the car. And still do.
I am way too young to have had one in the 60's but I always wanted a 67 and my few years I got to work at a classic mustang parts store studying Ford's master parts book and vast interior/exterior options for every model just added to my appreciation for the completely original mustang.
Just wanted to comment on the mention of the Ford & Studebaker 289's... as a longtime fan of Studebaker's Legacy, and the onetime owner of a 1963 R1 Avanti, I can attest to the fact that, aside from their shared displacement & cylinder complement, the Ford & Stude 289 V8's resembled each other not at all. The Studebaker was a comparatively humongous chunk of iron (comparable in weight to a Cadillac mill of the same vintage) while the Ford was an example of what I'd call a true smallblock with a long lineage since that time. Though their displacement was the same, the Studebaker had a rather long stroke/small bore while the Ford was an "oversquare" design with a larger bore/short stroke. I doubt the Studebaker could have come close to fitting in a Mustang's engine bay, without some major surgery - and the weight distribution whould've been even worse!
300 HP from a 2.3L 4cylinder-? That merits a test drive. However, I suspect it's a turbocharger. By the name, "EcoBoost" (Ford Fusion currently markets this) it sounds as if it's a turbo-charge application of extra power. Personally, I've never driven a turbo that I'd buy, because I don't like the delay between initial power and turbo power.
And to that point, try to find either today. These vehicles literally have disintegrated back into dust. Finding a Pinto, Mustang-II, or the comparable Chevy Vega is a true rarity. Model-T's are more common today.
I tend to agree with you, Cadman-LT, but not everyone was lucky enough (or is old enough!) to have been around when some of the more classic old-school Mustangs were around. Sure there are a lot of them out there that have been preserved but the younger generation just isn't going to get it. But perhaps that's not exactly what you're referring to...this is just my opinion.
Thanks Charles for such an interesting post , i am really fascinated with these Mustangs and according to Forde these Mustangs have the target market of yougsters because these cars are fully equipped with gadgets and this is the only thing they are interested in after looks .
I get upset when people buy these new Mustangs and call themselves Mustang fans. They aren't. They are jokes. Only old school Mustang fans get Mustangs. You can't just go buy a new stang and call yourself a Mustang guy.
I don't care how effiecient it is, if I buy a Mustang I want 8 cylinders screaming power and giving hell! That is what Mustangs are about. Not....can I save a few gallons of gas. I have owned 2 and they were not good on gas. They were good on fun though.
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