Tell that to Porsche afficando's. Think of the longest produced cars you can by any manufacturer. You'll quickly come up with the Stang obviously, since it's been in production continually about Forty years now. But guess what? The 911 came out 2 years earlier and hasn't missed a beat. It might just look like a status symbol to you, but Porsche was building race cars almost since before the designers of the Mustang were born. Try to deny that heritage and you might as well try to tell the British that their Navy in the age of sail was just a bunch of sail boats and yachts. And as for 'most' Mustangs being sold on heritage think again. To me that ranks up there with the thought that 75% of people who buy a GT mod it. The people who post on these boards represent a tiny portion of Mustang buyers. How many hundreds of thousands of these cars does Ford produce every year? I'm willing to bet that your 'typical' Mustang buyer couldn't tell you their first year of production, has probably never even heard of the Mustang II and probably couldn't even tell you how much torque their own car has. If there isn't an SVT dealership nearby, many don't even know that the Cobra exists. Some couldn't even tell you where to find the dipstick to check their own oil. Trust me, I used to pump gas, I know. Some people buy the Mustang for looks, some for sound. Ok. Some people buy it because it's one of the cheapest cars around that's convertible. Some people buy it because it has the most HP/dollar. Yes, some people buy it because they're having a midlife crisis and always wanted one as a teenager and some buy it because they had one as a teenager and have wanted it back ever since. But the majority of people? Come on.