One of the most iconic of American pony cars, the Ford Mustang began production in 1964 as a 1965 model and became the automaker's most successful new product launch since the Model A. Since then, it has undergone six generations of change. In recent years, Ford has updated the design to keep it contemporary, while managing to keep a high degree of homage to the the iconic original series.
The Ford Mustang created the "pony car" class of muscle cars in the American market, defined as small coupes with long hoods and short rear decks. Other pony cars would follow, but few would be as popular or long-lived as the Mustang. The first-generation builds of the Ford Mustang are now considered collectible classics and appear in car shows and parades around the world. With some fits and starts, notably the 1971-1973 designs, the Ford Mustang was not only the most-produced sports car of the period, but also the most coveted, through to today.
The second-generation Mustang did not prove as popular, being a sort of "Ford Pinto knockoff" in order to comply with federal emissions and fuel efficiency standards and compete in a far more fuel-conscious buyers' market. The 1974 Mustang was very small in comparison to its previous-generation and was called the Mustang II. Ford showed premonition for the changes coming to the market as the company introduced the 1974 model two months before the 1973 oil crisis and proceeded to sell the Mustang II with some success through to 1978, when a new generation took over.
The 1979 Ford Mustang introduced the third-generation of the car as a slightly longer, four-seat car that kept the two-door coupe body style and basic design of a pony car intact. Many Mustang aficionados consider the third-generation to actually have two parts, the first being the 1979-1986 models with a four-headlight front clip and the other being the 1987-1993 models with a rounded front clip and introducing fuel injection to replace carbureted engines.
The fourth-generation Ford Mustang entered the market as a 1994 model, this time re-introducing the classic design language of the Mustang with a retro look that returned to the first-generation Mustang's appeal. Many car buyers looking for used Mustangs for sale start their search here. Ford dropped the hatchback coupe model in favor of a standard two-door coupe in classic pony car build. Several engine options and paint schemes ensured the Ford Mustang returned to prominence as a favorite American pony car.
The fifth-generation started in 2005 with a further return to retro styling and more powerful engine and styling options. Used Ford Mustangs from 2005 onward are popular with used car buyers because they balance hot design with modern features. The sixth-generation, introduced for 2015, ensured that the fifth-gen would become an icon for buyers to collect and enjoy going forward.
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