The Ford Mustang, in many ways, is the car that defines the muscle car genre. It was the first ever pony car, which was a small affordable car that had an extremely powerful engine and was stylized. The design of the car was built on a Ford Falcon base. The car has been made as a two-seater, a four-seater, a convertible, a coupe, and a four-door sedan. In fact, it was once even produced as a wagon. Though the car has gone through many different iterations and versions, they have all stayed true to the cars focus on performance.
Today the Mustang remains as one of the least expensive options in the muscle and sports car category. Entry level models sell for as low as $25,000. Still featuring a highly stylized design that adds pizzazz to its already impressive engine. Mustang fans have a long history to be proud of. The car first hit the market in 1964 and has been in production ever since. Through the years, the car has changed and adapted to the market. The car has been used in TV and movies and has left an imprint on culture. Today we pick our favorite versions of the Mustang to figure out which one everyone should get!
1964 Ford Mustang Convertible
This car comes from the Mustangs first model year. It was designed to be an affordable performance car that focused on a powerful engine. Due to the cars relative lack of weight, the powerful engine could get it going quite fast. It this a car to drive, or leave on the dealership floor?
1965 Ford Mustang Shelby GT
This car was a high-performance variant of the regular Ford Mustang which was built by Shelby. Often referred to as a Cobra, because the Cobra emblems that were used on it. Fast and stylish, this car has been used in many movies and tv shows when a fast and attractive vehicle is needed. Would you drive it, or pass it?
1965 Ford Mustang Fastback
1965 was the first year that Ford made a Fastback version of the Mustang. Adding a little more style to the design, made this car more memorable. This was the first car of Edsel Ford II, the great-grandson of Henry Ford who received it on his 16th birthday. It was good enough for the Ford family, but is it good enough to drive, or will it be a pass?
Playboy Pink 1967 Mustang Hardtop
Only 86 of these Pink Mustangs were produced in 1967, and they were part of Ford's attempt to give the 3rd year of production a little flair with some non-standard color cars. Still sporting the powerful motor that the car is known for, these muscle cars can produce 325 horsepower. It's an odd color for a Mustang, but would it be a drive or a pass?
1969 Mustang Boss 429
For the time it was made, this car had one of the most powerful engines on the road. Ford made two different Boss models in the 1969 model year. The other one was the Boss 302. The 429 was named from its 429 cubic inch, 7.0-liter V8 engine that produced 376 horsepower. Would this be a drive or a pass?
1967 Ford Mustang
In 1967 the Mustang went through its first big redesign. The main things that changed were the ability to install a larger big-block V8 engine, and the overall size of the car was increased. Being able to add a bigger engine in the standard model allowed the cars of this year to get stronger and faster. Would this more spacious car be a drive or a pass?
This was the last redesign of the generation 1 Mustang. The company increased the size again, this time to allow for an even bigger engine, Ford's big block 7.0 L V8. The car gained more interior space as well, adding another 3 inches to the car's length. Would this version of the Mustang be a drive or a pass?
1974 Ford Mustang
1974 marked the rollout of the second generation of the Mustang. The car returned to its smaller roots. Many Mustang fans had thought the car had grown too big, and they were seeking out more sporty and compact alternatives. The 74 Mustang was based on the size of the Ford Pinto, and the change worked. The car saw a resurgence in popularity with the smaller design. Would the gen 2 Mustang be a drive, or a pass?
1977 Mustang Cobra II
This was the first Mustang to feature the T-Top option that had become popular in the market. The engines in the late '70s started to get a little smaller, and more economic due in large part to the oil crisis that was effecting gas prices at the time. What the car gave up in power, it replaced with style, The hood scoop was turned around and the graphics were revised. Would this be a drive or a pass?
1978 Mustang King Cobra
In 1978, the Mustang felt the need to go back to its muscle car roots. The car had been falling behind in the public view of performance so the King Cobra was only available in the V8 engine option. It also featured Pontiac Trans-Am style decals and trim. There was also a cobra snake decal on the hood. Though the car did well, and at the time was reviewed well, modern fans tend to be less accepting of this model. Is it a drive or a pass?
1979 Ford Mustang
1979 saw the introduction of the third generation of Mustang. The change was an attempt to build a one size fits all car that could be both a two-door sports model, and a four duo family sedan. To do so, the car was increased in size again to be able to accommodate a wider range of customers for the changing market. Is the first gen 3 Mustang a drive or a pass?
1983 Mustang Convertible
In 1983, Mustang went back to its sporty roots and came out with the first convertible option in ten years. This was also the first year that the Ford blue oval was put on a Mustang. This was the second phase of the 3rd generation Mustang, and so there were some minor modifications made to the Fox body that served as the base of the car. Would this be a drive or a pass?
1986 Mustang GT
This major update to the third generation Mustang changed a lot of trim features including the headlight and tail light look of the car. Part of this was due to design changes, and part of it was due to federal law changes about car lights. The car came with a standard luggage rack, but many were removed by fans of this version. Would this be a drive or a pass?
Another update to the third generation of Mustangs, The front end was restyled which gave the car more of an Aero look that was popular in the Ford line at the time. The interior got an update as well, helping give the car a more modern and tech-forward look that was very popular in the late '80s. The 87 also did away with the V6 engine option leaving only the V8s. Would this be a drive or a pass?
1990 Ford Mustang LX Convertible.
In 1990 the big changes to the Mustang occurred to add safety features. This included the addition of airbags to the steering wheel. Other than that, the line stayed the same because work had already begun on the fourth generation that was still 4 years away. A limited run of 5.0L equipped LX convertibles all painted emerald green metallic with white convertible tops were part of a canceled 7-UP promotion. However, some of these green convertibles are still around. Is this a drive or a pass?
1993 Ford Mustang SVT Cobra
This car was the last edition of the third generation of Mustangs. The car sported a 302 cu in (4.9 L) V8 that produced 235 hp which offered a nice boost in power compared to the last few models of the Mustang. The company was already looking to its gen 4 rollout but this car was the first Mustang to come with a CD player standard. Would this be a drive or a pass?
1994 Mustang Cobra
1994 introduced the first models in the fourth generation of Mustangs. The company put a lot of time and effort into this redesign, having started it nearly 5 years earlier. The new cars focused on a return to performance. They improved on the Fox base of the third generation and added a whole lot of features like keyless entry and powered windows that would eventually become standard. Would this be a drive or a pass?
2000 Mustang Cobra R
The Mustang Cobra R was released as a super high-performance version of the Mustang. Jumping up the horsepower of the standard Mustang by almost a 100 this car produced 345 horsepower from a 32-valve 4.6 L V8 engine. The car was popular for its increase in power, and overall sleek and modern look. Would this high powered option be a drive or a pass?
2005 Ford Mustang
In 2005 Mustang introduced its fifth generation of cars. This version came with a 4.0 L Cologne SOHC V6, which produced 210 hp. The car was designed to push out other performance pony cars made by Fords competitors, and they did prove to be more powerful than other cars in their category during their release. Would this update be a drive or a pass?
2008 Ford Mustang Bulitt
This car was designed and released to be reminiscent of the dark green GT-390 fastback Mustang driven by Steve McQueen in the 1968 film Bullitt. The car was attempting to tap into the fan base of the film by offering customers a chance to drive Steve McQueen's Bullitt. The car featured a 4.6 L SOHC V8 engine that could produce 315 Horsepower. Would this movie car be a drive or a pass?
2007 Ford Mustang GT/CS
This Mustang was the California Special. It was a tribute to the 1968 original but it added design features such as side stripes, side scoops, and a lowered front bumper. This car featured a 4.6 L V8 that could produce 300 horsepower. The interior of this Mustang has seats that are made from a soybean derivative, which was a return to Henry Ford's ideals of innovative sustainable designs. Would this be a drive or a pass?
2008 Shelby GT500KR
This King of the Road pays homage to the original 1968 Shelby Mustang KR. Production limited to 1011 units and that includes the prototypes. Designed for performance the King of the Roads engine was tuned to produce 540 hp from a 5.4 L SC V8. It was made as a tribute to the power that was produced in the early muscle cars. Would this look back on a classic be a drive or a pass?
2014 Ford Mustang GT
This is the last of the fifth generation of Mustangs. The car featured a 5.0 L V8 that could produce 420 hp. This model had blacked out tail lights and a front similar to the styling of the Shelby GT500 models. With the added power in this model, the Mustang really called back to its muscle car origins, which customers always enjoy. Would this be a drive or a pass?
2015 50 Year Limited Edition
This was the first entry into the Mustangs most recent generation. Released in 2015 to celebrate the Mustang's 50th birthday, only 1,964 were made. They were rear-wheel coupes in two colors, Wimbledon White or Kona Blue. The front bucket seats are leather and have the 50th logo on the back of the seats. Is this collector's item a drive or a pass?
2016 Saleen S302 Models
This car was produced to include a naturally aspirated 450 hp 302ci 5.0 L V8 engine. The car was designed with advanced aerodynamics giving it a sleek and futuristic look and feel. It is available as either a coupe or a convertible and comes in 32 different colors over 2 different wheelbase options. There is a supercharger option that raises the horsepower to 730. Is this a drive or a pass?
2018 Ford Mustang GT
The most current model of the Mustang is still in the 5th generation of the car. It has a 300-horsepower 3.7L Cyclone V6 engine, giving it a nice amount of power in the standard option. Though there are many different add-ons for this car, even the base model is powerful enough to get people excited about it. This model features a new ten-speed transmission. Is this a drive, or a pass?
1968 Ford Mustang Fastback
This car would become iconic when it was used in the 1968 Steve McQueen movie Bullitt. This car was just a dark green 1968 Mustang Fastback with a 390 engine. The movie helped propel this version of the Mustang into a new level of fame, and the car would be reproduced 4 different model year productions. Is the first Bullitt a drive, or a pass?
1971 Mach 1 Mustang
The 1971 Mach 1 Mustang was the second generation of the Mach 1 design. The Mach 1 first came out in 1969. It had a high powered V8 engine that helped make it unique. The Mach 1 trim would run through the entire run of the Mustang II which included a V6 engine in 1975. That was ironically its best year for sales. Would the Mach 1 be a drive or a pass?
2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca
This car was designed as a nod back to the original boss line of Mustangs. When the first Boss Mustangs came out they were some of the most powerful cars on the road, and the 2012 tribute would not disappoint there. Providing 444 horsepower from a 5.0 L 32-valve V-8. The car outperformed its namesake in every way, but still, keep the look and feel of the original. Is this a drive or a pass?
Iacocca Silver 45th Anniversary Edition (2009)
Named for Lee Iaccoca who helped develop and introduce the Mustang only 45 of these cars were made. California-based Gaffoglio Family Metalcrafters made this car and gave one of the 45 to Lee Iacocca. The car came with the 4.6 L Ford V8 rated at 320 hp or a supercharged version rated 400 hp. This car is extremely rare, and one went at auction for 352,000 dollars. Is this a drive or a pass?
McLaren M81 Mustang
This car is sometimes called the rarest Mustang, and that label is pretty accurate. The car was designed to help Mustang as interest in V8 engines was on a decline with increases in gas price. Only 10 of these were produced and all were made by hand. This car was created with McLaren and it was used in the Dayton 24 hour race. Is this a drive or a pass?
2007 Warriors in Pink Mustang
In 2007, Ford and ESSENCE partnered with Susan G. Komen for the Cure to create the Circle of Promise campaign, whose goal is to increase breast cancer awareness in African-American women. 2,500 cars with Warriors in Pink Package were made with the V6 Premium package. They have a pink ribbon and Pony fender badge as well as a pink Mustang rocker tape striping. Is this car a drive or a pass?
2014 Warrior Mustang
The 2014 Warrior Mustang were sold exclusively to military personnel serving overseas. Only 50 of the car were produced. The car is unique in that most who purchased it did not see it until they returned home from duty, in some cases as long as a year and a half after purchasing it. The cars came in both the V6 and GT trim package and were individually numbered on the door sill. Is this a drive or a pass?
AV-X10 "Dearborn Doll"
The Dearborn Doll was a specialty Mustang used to raise money for the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh charity. The car got its name from the city that was home to Henry Ford, and the current headquarters of Ford Motor Company. It used the GT version of the 2010 Mustang as its foundation and was equipped with a 4.6L V8 engine modified with a 550 hp supercharger kit. The interior was built with a fighter jet style instrument panel. The AV-X10, inspired by WWII-era fighter planes, fetched $250,000 at auction in 2009. Is this a drive or a pass?
1962 Ford Mustang I concept
The Ford Mustang I was a small, mid-engined 4-cylinder open two-seater. Though it shared few design elements with the final production Mustang, it did lend its name to the line. The concept car was far too complex at the time for the normal production line, and the car that would eventually become the Mustang would add a more powerful engine on a Ford Falcon base. However, this was the first car ever made with the Mustang name.