Yes, well, sort of An entry level V8 Mustang in 1965 was under $3000. Corrected for inflation, that would be about $17000 in 2004. With that 1965 Mustang, you got a 200hp (SAE Gross) 2 barrel with a 3spd manual. The 2005 V6 Mustang exceeds that entry level V8 in the following terms. Horsepower Acceleration Handling Reliability Included amenities And that same S197 V6 will cost, oh, just about $20K is what they are saying. Move on to the V8, and you'll find a similar comparison. It costs a little bit more today (corrected for inflation) for a lot more car.