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greatest rigor by us during our travels in America. We had inspected the vehicles on site very accurately.
With the help of our local agent we are exporting these beautiful cars to our old continent.

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Repairs and / or replacement of defective parts are carried out in our workshop before delivery of your vehicle.

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The whole history of the Ford Mustang, its models and evolutions

The Ford Mustang has been built by the Ford Motor Company since April 17, 1964. It is on this day that Ford presents its new jewelry at the New York World’s Fair. Its construction is initially based on the platform of the Ford Falcon. She is nicknamed the “1964.5 model” (1964 and a half) by her fans.

Since Model A , it’s the most successful launch in the history of the automobile. Also, the Ford Mustang has undergone many transformations to its current model, the fifth of its generation.

The Mustang has created the class “Pony car” (besides the sign on the car is not that of “Ford” but that of a horse, a galloping Mustang) American cars, sports cars like coupes with long, short rear-end covers and competing models such as the GM Chevrolet Camaro , AMC Javelin (javelin), Chrysler’s Plymouth Barracuda and the first generation of the Dodge Challenger . The Mustang is also credited with having inspired coupe designs such as the Toyota Celica and Ford Capri , which were later imported to the United States.

Context

Executive stylist John Najjar, who was a fan of the World War II P-51 Mustang fighter , is officially credited by Ford for suggesting the name. John Najjar co-designs the first prototype of the Ford Mustang known as the Ford Mustang I in 1961, in collaboration with his compatriot Philip T. Clark. The Mustang I makes its official debut at the US Grand Prix in Watkins Glen, NY, on October 7, 1962, where Formula 1 driver Dan Gurney tries out the second “racing” prototype. . His lap times were only slightly below the pace of F1 cars.

Another opinion claims that it was Robert J. Eggert, then head of market research Ford, who first suggested the name Mustang. Eggert, a breeder of “Quarter Horses”, received for his birthday the book The Mustangs by J. Frank Dobie in 1960. Later, the title of the book gave him the idea to add the name of “Mustang” to the new concept car. The designer initially preferred the name “Cougar” or “Torino” (an advertising campaign using the name “Torino” was actually prepared), while Henry Ford II wanted the name of T-Bird II .

The name can not be used in Germany because it is owned by Krupp, who manufactured trucks between 1951 and 1964 with the name “Mustang”. Ford refused to buy the name for about $ 10,000 at the time. Thus, Mustang was sold in Germany under the name “T-5” until December 1978.

First generation (1964-1973)

As deputy general manager of Lee Iacocca and chief engineer, Donald N. Frey was chief engineer for the T-5 project, overseeing the overall development of the car in record time of 18 months, while Iacocca – even defended the project as general manager of the Ford division. The T-5 was a two-seater prototype, with a mid-mounted roadster engine. This vehicle used the V4 engine of the Ford Taunus (German model) and was very similar in appearance to the future Pontiac Fiero .

The Mustang I then became a four-seater model under the direction of project designer Joe Oros and his team of L. David Ash, Gale Halderman, and John Foster.

Favorable advertising articles appeared in 2,600 newspapers the next morning, the day the car was “officially” revealed. A Mustang also appeared in the James Bond ” Goldfinger ” in September 1964.

To reduce the cost of development and achieve a retail price of US $ 2,368, the Mustang was heavily based on familiar and simple components, many of which were already in production for other Ford models like the Falcon and the Fairlane . Sales forecasts projected less than 100,000 units for the first year, but this mark was exceeded within three months of deployment. Another 318,000 models were sold in the year of launch (a record), and in the first eighteen months, more than one million Mustangs were built.

The overall length of the Mustang and Falcon was equal, but the wheelbase was slightly lower on the Mustang. With a total width of 68.2 inches (1732 mm), it was 2.4 inches (61 mm) narrower. The approximate weight of 2,570 pounds (1,170 kg) with the V6 engine was also the same as the Falcon. The fully equipped V8 model weighed approximately 3,000 pounds (1,400 kg). Although the mechanical parts came from the Falcon, the body of the Mustang was completely different with a lower seating position and a lower total height.

In 1966, Ford designers began to produce larger versions than the original, while the latter was completing good sales. A little later, Iacocca complained about the growth of the Mustang, and had the overhaul supervised in 1967. From 1967 to 1973, the Mustang became longer, but not necessarily more powerful. The new Mustang retains the original structure, but the style is refreshed, giving the Mustang a more massive look. The front and rear are more pronounced, and the interior “twin cove” offers a thicker dashboard, and larger gears. The finishes are more refined for a more assertive style. For the 1968 models, the 1967 body style continues, but details are retouched as the side scoops, the steering wheel and the fuel cap. Side marker lamps were also added this year, and cars built after January 1, 1968 include shoulder straps for both front seats. The 1968 models also introduced a new V8 engine, the 302.

The year 1969 is also that of a new style, but may be more assertive than the previous ones. All this in order to please a larger audience. This model has a more aggressive style and more sport. Until 1973, many versions will make their appearances always in order to answer the expectations of the broad public fan of this automobile of legend. His style being timeless, only minor alterations in the cabin and a few details of the body will be made. Also, the engine will be more and more powerful. For the anecdote, in the movie The Great Casse of 1974, (in English  Gone in 60 Seconds ), the movie that inspired the remake ” 60 Seconds Chrono “, the star character “Eleanor” (1973 model of Mustang FastbackYellow) is the only Ford Mustang in history to receive a celebrity credit in one film, with the other main character Maindrian Pace , played by actor, director and producer Henry Blight Halicki.

Second generation (1974-1978)

Lee Iacocca, who had been one of the key pieces of the original Mustang, became president of the Ford Motor Company in 1970, and ordered a smaller and more fuel-efficient Mustang for 1974. The model was to be based on that of the Ford Maverick , but was ultimately based on that of the Ford Pinto .

The new model, called “Mustang II”, was launched two months before the first oil crisis in 1973, and its small size allows it to compete with imported sports coupes such as the Japanese Toyota Celica or Ford Capri,  European model. Sales for the first year reached 385,993 units (sales of the original Mustang were 418,812 units over twelve months).

Lee Iacocca wanted a model based on the “Mustang I” with higher quality. He wanted to make a little gem. However, to meet the new US rules on CO2 emissions and safety, the new model wants to be smaller but above all heavier than the previous one. Thus the performance of the vehicle is weakened and “the Mustang seems less muscular than is the galloping horse on the emblem”.

The car was available in the coupe and cabriolet versions, plus a Ghia “luxury” model designed by Ghia Ford  recently acquired from Italy. The coupe has been marketed under the name ” Hardtop “. The “Ghia” had a vinyl roof with thick cushions and small rear quarter windows, which gave a more formal look. The amendments made in 1975 included the reinstatement of option V8 302 CID (after having no option V8 in the year 1974) and the availability of an economic option called “MPG Stallion”. Other changes in appearance and performance came with the ” Cobra II ” version in 1976 and 1977, and the ” King Cobra ” version in 1978.

Third generation (1979-1993)

The 1979 Mustang was based on the longest “Fox” platform (originally developed for the 1978 Ford Fairmont and the Mercury Zephyr ). The interior has been redesigned to accommodate the comfort of four people. Available finishes were: L, GL, GLX, LX, GT, GT Turbo (1983-84), SVO (1984-86), Cobra (1979-81, 1989-1993), Cobra R (1993), and Ghia.

The third generation of the Mustang had two different body styles. From 1979 to 1986, the car had a triangle shape at the front with four lighthouses, known by fans as “4 eyes”. Then, the models of the years 1987-1993, with the front more rounded and known under the style “aero”. Also in 1986, the engines held the EFI (electronic injection) instead of carburetors. The 1986 models included an improved 8.8-inch rear, and four dampers.

In response to soaring fuel prices and declining sales during the 1980s, a new Mustang was in development. It was supposed to be a variant of the Mazda MX-6 assembled at the AutoAlliance International plant in Flat Rock, Michigan. Fans have written to Ford to oppose the Japan Mustang project designed without a V8 option. The result was a major rejuvenation of the 1987 Mustang, while the MX-6 variant became the Ford Probe model in 1989 .

Fourth generation (1994-2004)

In autumn 1993, the Mustang underwent its first major overhaul for fifteen years. Named ” SN-95 ” by the automaker, this model is based on an upgraded version of the Fox rear-wheel drive platform called ” Fox-4 “. The new style of Patrick Schiavone incorporates several stylistic elements of previous Mustang models. For the first time since 1974, a hatchback model is not available.

The basic model arrived with a 3.8 OHV V6 engine (232 cid) at 145 hp (108 kW) in 1994 and 1995, or 150 hp (110 kW) (1996-1998), and supplied with a 5-speed manual lever or 4 speed automatic option. Although initially used in the 1994 and 1995 Mustang and Cobra GT, Ford removed the 302 cid V8, after nearly 30 years of use, and replaced it with the new Modular 4.6 L (281 cid) SOHC V8 Mustang GT The 4.6 L V8 was initially rated at 215 hp (160 kW), 1996-1997, but was later increased to 225 hp (168 kW) in 1998.

For 1999, the Mustang receives Ford’s “New Edge” style with sharper outlines, wider rims, new body finishes, but in its basic proportions, a new interior design, and a chassis remaining the same as the previous model. The engines of the Mustang have been postponed to the year 1999, but have benefited from further improvements. The standard V6 3.8L model has a new induction system and has been built to 190 hp (140 kW) (1999 and 2004). In 2001, the horsepower was increased to 193, while the V8 engine of the Mustang GT 4.6L was 260 hp (190 kW) (1999-2004). There were also three other models proposed for this generation: the Bullitt  in 2001, the Mach 1 2003 and 2004, and the 320 hp Cobra for 1999 and 2001, and 390 hp for 2003 and 2004.

Fifth generation (2005-)

For the 2005 model, Ford introduces a revamped version of the Mustang at the  2004 North American International Auto Show , coded “S-197”, based on the new D2C platform. Developed under the direction of Chief Engineer Hau Thai-Tang and exterior stylist Sid Ramnarace, the fifth-generation Mustang echoes the Mustang Fastback models   of the late 1960s. The Vice President of Design, J. Mays, called this “retro-futurism”. The fifth-generation Mustang is manufactured at  AutoAlliance International in Flat Rock, Michigan.

For production years from 2005 to 2010, the base model was powered by a 210hp, 4.0L, V6, cast iron engine, while the GT used a modular 3.6L 3-valve V8 aluminum block. 300 ch.

The 2010 Mustangs were produced in spring 2009 with a redesigned exterior and aerodynamic drag coefficient reduced by 4% on base models and 7% on GT models. The base engine of the Mustang remained unchanged, while that of the GT V8 4.6 L was revised to get 315 hp at 6000 rpm and 325 hp at 4255 rpm. Other mechanical features include new shock absorbers, a new stability control system, new colors, and wheel sizes on all models.

With a more powerful six-cylinder engine, the 2011 Mustang is positioned much more as a performance vehicle than the previous V6 Mustangs. To maximize this potential, the 2011 Mustang will offer the all-new “V6 Performance Pack”, which will be available by the end of summer 2010. It can be compared to the “Mustang GT 2010 Racing Pack”. pack will feature a standard 3.31: 1 rear axle, a stiffer suspension, 19 “wheels with” performance “tires, a strut bar and electronic stability control will be calibrated for performance. In addition, the modifications made (other than on the engine) to the 2011 Mustang include an electric power steering (APES), aerodynamic improvements, but also on noise, vibration and damping,

For 2012, a new version of the Mustang Boss 302 has been launched. The engine has 444 hp. A Laguna Seca  edition is also available.

In the spring of 2012, Ford wanted a refresh of the Mustang line for the future model in early 2013. The Shelby GT500 features a new supercharged 5.8L V8 engine producing 662 hp. Shelby and Boss engines come with a six-speed manual transmission. The GT and V6 models have a revisited style with an added air intake on the 2010-2011 GT500. The 5.0L V8 GT has gained 8 horsepower and now peaks between 412 hp and 420 hp, while the V6 has remained at 305 hp.