Monday, May 12, 2014

Ultimate Pony Car?

Fifty years after debuting one of the world's most popular cars,
Ford is marking the milestone by revealing a Mustang
50 Year Limited Edition. (Photo: Business Wire)
Now this is the 50th anniversary swag all Ford fans would like to get their hands on—the 50 Year Limited Edition Mustang. Most of us will be out of luck, though, because they’re only making 1964 of them. And I’m betting Ford hangs on to at least one of them, and so they should.

They’re scheduled to hit the dealers this fall and will be based on the 2015 Mustang GT fastback with performance pack. They’ll come with pretty much everything, including lots of 50 year badging and other touches unique to the limited edition. Ford says the only choice customers will have to make is which exclusive colour to go for--Wimbledon White (the same colour as the very first Mustang sold back in 1964) or Kona Blue—and whether they want an automatic or manual transmission.

While the car is very modern, there are design touches to show its heritage. According to Moray Callum, Ford’s vice president of design, “Chrome trim was much more prevalent on cars in the 1960s than it is today, so we added some discreet highlights for the grille, side glass and tri-bar tail lamps.” The tail lamps are apparently based on an original 1962 design, a variant of which did go into production on the first Mustangs. Another nod to the past is the louvered rear quarter-windows, though the technology is totally different.

The interior will have the best of everything, too, from an aluminum trim panel, to leather upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and limited edition floor mats. Oh, and a badged leather portfolio for the owner’s guide.

“Mustang fans love to drive their cars, even the rarer examples of the breed, so we built this limited-edition from the best-performing 2015 Mustang available – the GT fastback with the performance pack,” said Dave Pericak, Mustang chief engineer. “While some collectors will undoubtedly stash this car away in a museum, those who choose to hit the open road will get a world-class sports car that can run with the best.”

Under the hood? The performance pack includes a 5.0-liter V8 that puts out over 420 hp, six-piston Brembo front brakes and, of course, 19-inch alloy wheels with Pirelli tires.

I’ll be keeping my eyes open but I expect my chances of seeing one aren’t very good.


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