Three Pinnacles in Mustang Performance

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Editor's Note: This article was originally written by Mustang Pasture's writer Pete Dunton for the Old Car Memories online magazine - oldcarmemories.com in June 2011.

Sometimes when analyzing the current crop of cars it requires a reflection upon the past to see where the new cars fall short, meet, or exceed the pinnacles of the past. Nowhere is this more helpful then in  case of the Ford Mustang. The Mustang needs no introduction, it was first released during the 1964 model year, and has remained in production for the last five decades. The only other car model that has remained in production longer is the Chevrolet Corvette however it has a lapse in its streak - there was not a 1983 Corvette offering. Technically the Mustang has been in production for more consecutive years than the Corvette due to there not being any Mustang production lapses since its 1964 introduction.

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Line Lock - Industry First Factory Option for Performance Drivers

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Ford rejuvenated the fledging pony car market when it released the retro 2005 Mustang back in Fall of 2004. Since then the Chevrolet Camaro and Dodge Challenger have returned to the game. With their return the competition has become fierce but Ford is determined to keep the Mustang one step ahead  with the release of the all-new 2015 Mustang. Ford has moved the Mustang several leaps forward in styling and technology while at the same time keeping the Mustang true to its roots. Good old American rear-wheel drive performance is what the Mustang still offers its loyal buyers.

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Sneak Peek: 2015 Ford Mustang

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This past week Ford has just unveiled its all-new 2015 Mustang. There has never been more speculation and more Internet chatter about a future car model than the new 2015 Ford Mustang. Ford has promised a departure from the popular retro look of the current 5th generation Mustang. And this alone has had everyone wondering if Ford could pull off such an endeavor while keeping Mustang's core buyers happy. With interest in the new Mustang at 9,000 rpm on the curiosity tachometer, Ford decided to take the plunge to reveal the new Mustang to the world early. Ford originally wanted to unveil the new Mustang much closer to the 50th anniversary this Spring of the release of the original 1964 1/2 Mustang. However with just about every test drive of the new Mustang in heavily camouflaged wrappings by Ford employees was captured by the camera's of onlookers and posted on the Internet. This coupled with the fact that just about every artist or gear head with photoshop experience was making his own rendition of what the new Mustang was to look like. To say the speculation was getting out of control, is a gross understatement.

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1964 1/2 Ford Mustang - History Is Written By the Victors

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What if you had a time machine and managed to go back in time just a little before 1964 and prevented the release of the 1964 1/2 Mustang? Sounds like a cheesy movie plot doesn't it? But if one had been successful at such an endeavor, imagine the effect it would have had on the automobile industry. There still would have been muscle cars but unfortunately no pony cars. The Mustang was such a smash success that it spawned competitors from many other American automobile brands. And soon after the Mustang's release the pony car blossomed into a true performance car.

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