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Trace the Ford Mustang lifespan from concept to Production

There is a lot of intel floating about right now about the forthcoming Ford Mustang 50th Anniversary, and it’s got everyone stepping back to reflect upon just how it is the pony car made it to where it has arrived, to date.  Between artists’ renderings, captivating spy shots, CGI enhancements, and the sort, no one is short-changed when it comes to imaginary speculation about what the next chapter of the Mustang shall bring in the 2014 and 2015 model years.

This time around, we’re happy to pass along a series of design concepts (sketches) which Ford kicked around the sandbox before eventually pinning the right tail on the donkey.  From the Mustang I sports car concept of 1962, to the design of 50 years later, this piece straight from ford definitely gives a solid kick towards what has been and what could be…you just have to sift through the finer details. ;)

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Ford Mustang concepts which failed to make the cut

Between 2-seaters, 4-doors, and wagons galore, let’s just say one thing now–and RIGHT now…let’s be glad the Ford Mustang is where it is, because it is what it wasn’t! There are and were lots of ideas about what the Mustang should have looked liked and what many THINK it should look like tomorrow, but it is always a bit entertaining to step back and looks inside the annals of history and contemplate what could have made it to Production. And maybe have failed.

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2015 Ford Mustang set to lose some weight

But wait, there’s more!  The latest idea everyone’s teasing around about the next Ford Mustang is that it’s going on a diet.  One which involves the pony car shedding an acclaimed 400+ pounds versus today’s model.  With the weight loss, as one might assume, will also come a slightly smaller posture, as Ford’s continuing to appease not just one market place…but the world.

And let’s be honest here; no one is excited to burn more fuel, unless the experience is really cool. ;)

Less overhang.  Less width.  Less trackage.  Less…wait what?  If Ford keeps this up, the ladies might not get too excited about the next round.

Keep reading to see what the folks over at Edmunds had to say about this latest slim & trim 2015 Mustang.  Some of us are excited.  Some are just waiting in the queue to see what the next bomb shell looks like.  Some of us just wish we could get our paws on the keys to a 50th Anniversary Ford product and grin the whole way home…

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Ford Mustang set for an official New Zealand launch

It looks like the global marketing campaign for the upcoming Ford Mustang model is continuing to take shape, with more and more countries around the planet getting the new Mustang, in “official” distribution capacity.  Earlier this week, Ford announced the next generation Mustang is definitely a go for the major Asia Pacific markets of Australia and New Zealand.  Aside from the fact it will definitely be a right-hand drive configuration, Ford didn’t really let much else out of the bag past its already known “One Ford” global marketing mix of vehicle offerings.

Even Mustang enthusiasts down under have loads of speculation about power plant options, with the words EcoBoost and direct-injection turbo passing across the scene.

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US Air Force Ford Mustang Auctioned for nearly $400K

Back in early July we told you about a special USAF edition Ford Mustang and all of its supporting details.  So the “Gathering of Eagles” auction event happened mere days ago, and the 2014 Mustang GT done-up for a fortunate bidder, was auctioned off with a final price of $398,000.  Wow.  The cool part about the high price is that it’s for charitable purposes; so the Experimental Aircraft Association’s Young Eagles program benefits as a result.

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Ford Mustang 50th Anniversary countdown

With the Ford Mustang 50th Anniversary inching its way closer as we creep into August, Ford has started to spark up the interest for the anticipated event with a new video series, aimed at sourcing the vast community of Mustang enthusiasts around the world.

The “Ford Mustang Countdown” campaign is a weekly online series which will feature video clips highlighting moments in the Mustang timeline, starting with the initial launch of the 1962 Ford Mustang 1 concept.

In the clip following, you get to see one such enthusiast, Zach King, put together a short film exhibiting two RC Mustangs in a model city chase scene.  Pretty well done, at that, actually!  Other clips are going to cover a great deal of Mustang legacy, so be sure to keep your eyes open for future video features.

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Next Ford Mustang apparently to be Limited 2014.5 Edition

Ready for another next-gen Ford Mustang rumor? Sure you are!  This month’s biggest morsel we could scavenge for was the notion the upcoming Mustang redux will be a 2014 1/2 model, to be produced in limited fashion for commemorating the car’s 50th Anniversary.  Sounds familiar, right?  That’s because, as so many of us well-know, the original pony car we look at with admiration & awe today was released (technically) as a 1964 1/2 model.

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The Boss Man Donald Farr video feature

The man behind the definitive literature of all things Ford Mustang (and especially the BOSS timeline), Donald Farr (Mustang Monthly editor), has been in the Ford limelight a lot recently, and he’s now featured in this CarsInContextTV video, putting in his two cents on the “state of the Mustang”, so to speak.  The video might seem a little long at first, but if you can stick it out, it’s definitely worth it.  It’s just cool to see spots like this where authors can finally come off the pages and put an audible voice to their opinions.

So, if you’re super bored at work or have a few minutes before shunting off to bed, give the video a view for some good, informal Mustang chatter.

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The Ford Mustang before it actually Was

Ever wondered just how the Ford Mustang came to be? Maybe a few of you know the whole story, but hey, there’s always something to be said about repeating things for emphasis, right? Also, there’s usually something new people are able to pick up on while getting a little history lesson…something obscure not heard of before.

Chew on these tidbits, then… Did you know the early Ford Mustang was inspired by (*gasp*) the Chevrolet Corvair? How about the Ford Thunderbird design nearly bleeding over to make the Mustang a two-seater? What about Studebaker styling cues that almost (thank goodness) made it to the first generation Mustang? We’ve all joked about this one at one point or another–could you imagine the Mustang having been offered with 4 doors? Yikes, right?!

Hit the link below to check out the rest of the slides from Road & Track…there’s some good stuff in there!

Source: Road & Track

Hertz and Penske Racing Ford Mustang GT

Think you are ready for another rent-a-racer Ford Mustang?  Good thing, because the Ford and Hertz & Penske Racing alliance has resulted in one hot thing already this summer–a sporty Mustang GT to take up honors as the latest addition to the Hertz Adrenaline Collection.

The Hertz Penske Mustang GT can be found for rental at select US airport rental locations, and includes a healthy amount upgrades from the base late model Mustang trim.  Let’s start with a quad-tip exhaust system, a tuned ECU, 3.55 gears out back, and Brembo braking at all 4 corners.  Not bad…at all.  And of course, the Coyote 5.0-liter engine is underhood, cranking out an underrated (due to performance enhancements) 420hp.

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