As the Ford Mustang turns 50, we look back at pony car background
It really is hardly surprising that our readers want to share their memories of the Ford Mustang — 50 many years is a long time for an automotive nameplate to endure, and the model’;s approaching 50th anniversary is as very good excuse as any to look back on the experiences that have created the auto an enthusiast hit.
Take William Drew, who had a close experience with pony automobile background when he saw the Mustang I notion, plus a uncommon Ghia-bodied Shelby Cobra idea, at an car dealer in Dallas in 1970. His slides (taken with a Yashica camera, he notes) display the unusual vehicles in the great, bright colours of Kodachrome.
1st, the Mustang I. The compact concept had tiny in common with the production Mustang, conserve for its 4 wheels and 2 doors. Electrical power came from a midmounted 1.5-liter V4 sourced from Ford Germany. Though couple of of its layout elements — and even fewer of its engineering elements — manufactured the jump to the autos you could purchase, the notion did help develop pleasure behind the “Mustang” identify. It must have been effective, also, considering that Ford was nonetheless displaying the vehicle many years following manufacturing Mustangs hit the streets.
Equally intriguing is the Ghia-bodied XD Cobra, which was also acknowledged as the Bordinat Cobra and was both launched in 1963 or 1965 (there are a lot more than a number of gaps and inconsistencies in the car’;s background). It received a 289 cu.-in. V8 backed up by an automatic transmission Drew’;s interior shots plainly present the T-handled gear selector. The XD Cobra’;s entire body was apparently molded from a plastic referred to as Royalex, which is used to day to make “durable, mid-priced canoes.”
Although we never know a lot far more about the XD Cobra, the concept does, in truth, survive — it is a single of the storied “bubble cars” in the tucked-away assortment of the Detroit Historical Society.
The Mustang I also escaped the crusher, and luckily for fanatics, it really is a bit much more accessible: Interested events can view at the Henry Ford museum in Dearborn, Mich.
The Ford Mustang turns 50 many years previous during 2014 to celebrate the numerous lives of America’;s favorite pony vehicle, we’;ll be posting choices from our archives. Examine out our Mustang mini-site the place you may locate information, street tests, sneak peeks and even traditional Mustang adverts from the pages of Autoweek. We’;ll also have all the latest news and pictures surrounding the redesigned 2015 Ford Mustang as it rolls out, so keep tuned.
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