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Check in with Europe’s true Ford Mustang Man

This next (video) chapter in the Ford Mustang 50th Anniversary story is definitely a cool one…and it’s from a true enthusiast from across the pond, as well as the Rhine.  Take a moment to breeze through this video feature, and you’ll quickly see that Ralf Wurm is likely one of the biggest fans of the Mustang in Europe; and maybe the world.  With over 30 years of exposure and daily 12-14 hour immersion with our favorite pony car, he’s definitely got a leg up on pretty much the 95th percentile when it comes to true fanaticism about the Mustang.

The video following shows just how deeply genuine Ralf’s passion truly is, how he helps others come to the hobby, and provides us with a peek at his favorite Mustang–a 1969 Shelby GT500 he’s personally restored in entirety.

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The first Ford Mustang owner was…a Woman?

Guess what, it’s another Ford Mustang throwback story.  This one’s pretty good, too, you’ll think.  As you better well know by now, April 2014 will mark the 50th Anniversary of the Mustang, and it is not any particular secret Ford is planning to make this one BIG.  Seriously–why else all the hoopla for nearly a year in advance of the actual event?

Because they can.

This tidbit Ford has drug from the archives is about the first owner of a Ford Mustang.  Likely one of Shelby’s buddies, or some executive’s preferred in-the-know clientele, right?  Wrong.  The first-ever Mustang owner was a 22 year old schoolteacher from Chicago, who put down $400 (a used Chevrolet) and took out a loan to cover the balance of the then-whopping MSRP of $3419 for her eggshell blue convertible.  She states she “…was the coolest teacher in the school that year.”

And rightly so.  Check out the rest of Gail Brown’s story below, and how she was smitten with the Mustang then…and now.

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How Carroll Shelby shaped the original Ford Mustang

In another documentary video release from Ford, in preparation for the 50th Anniversary of the Ford Mustang, we get another glimpse into the brain trust behind the sporting-up of the original pony car.  The senior leadership (Lee Iacocca, et al) of Ford Motor Company put up the task to make something meager into a serious performance monster.  And as you had better know already, it was Carroll Shelby and his team who were tapped to get the job done.

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Ford Mustang Video series countdown – the Mustang II

“Like one, you’d best like ‘em all…”, my uncle used to always tell me when referring to the Ford Mustang attraction.  Others will tend to disagree, but quite frankly, if you really are a fanatic about a car, guess what–you’re going to have to own up and take the (perceived) bad along with the good.  And that’s just it; the Ford Mustang II is most commonly referred to as the bastard child of the Mustang’s long-standing good record…but if one steps back and examines the actual facts, it quickly becomes evident this little red-haired kid pretty much carried the Mustang moniker throughout some of the toughest times in American automobile history.

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How a Ford Mustang topped the Empire State Building

So just who and why would Ford Motor Company put a Ford Mustang on top of the (then) tallest building?  Why not, right?  At the least it’d make for a very cool photo opp…and that’s just what happened back in October of 1965.  A Mustang convertible was sliced into four sections small enough to make the trip up the building’s elevators for the presentation, only to be bracketed back together once into place.

So that’s the how.  Now for the why?  And as you well enough know, social media took on a different form back then.  OK, so let’s just call it “newsprint” and be done with that.  Generating buzz is the name of the game in any PR event, both now and then.

Keep reading to get the official account of the story straight from Ford; because it’s a good one.

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See just how much the Shelby GT500 can do

We’ve all seen the crazy horsepower figures the Ford Mustang a la Shelby GT500 has put onto paper and also the pavement in the past couple of model years.  What we haven’t seen too much of is just what that sort of horsepower looks like when it’s unleashed by a driver with a serious lead foot.  In the feature we have in store for you, one of the Motor Trend editors takes a 2013 Shelby GT500 Super Snake out through the paces to see just how well a (measured for parasitic loss) 747hp / 611 lb-ft empowered Ford Mustang handles the paces of cruising, some pressured driving, and of course what the 1/4 mile has in store…after a few nodding passes.

Keep going to see video and check out the hard-to-refute results, and judge for yourself how manageable such power really is in a Ford Mustang…

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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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Upcoming Ford Mustang rendered from latest spy shots

Remember those spy shots of the 2014 Ford Mustang that floated around the web last week?  Yeah, they didn’t really show too much more than we had already expected, but what’s cool about what we’ve scooped up this week, is that the team over at CarBuzz has taken those same images and refactored them in a totally slick “what if” rendering.

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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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