Friday, November 16, 2012

Finding the Right Mustang...

In 1965, I thought the coolest ride you could be seen in was a Shelby Mustang GT350...never got one. But those of you that may be looking for a Mustang, not a GT350, read on. It's a guest post by Brian Hale on the different generations of Ford's iconic model.

Finding the Right Mustang for you...
By Brian Hale 

Finding the right Mustang for you is more than simply a process of choosing a vehicle off the lot. Mustang buyers have the option of choosing from each of the 5 generations of Mustang vehicles manufactured through the years. Identifying your driving personality will help you choose the best version for your lifestyle.

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Generation 1: 1965 through 1973

The first generation of Mustang was the version that started a huge fan base that has lasted through several generations. The focus of the first generation vehicles was on size and power. The original design for the Mustang had a long hood, blunt nose, short rear deck, and scalloped sides. Although the Mustang was conceptually a two seater, Ford decided to abandon that design in favor of the larger model. Today, this generation of Mustang is still wildly popular among vintage car lovers.

The power and size of the original Mustang is perfect for the car enthusiast who wants their car to be their hobby. There are a few original Mustangs in good condition, but most require a large amount of work to function properly. Be aware that buying, for example, a 1966 vintage mustang will also require purchasing loads of  1966 mustang parts  to upkeep your car.  By purchasing an older generation Mustang, you are purchasing more than just a car, you are purchasing a hobby.  People who love old cars and vehicle maintenance will love the first generation Mustang.

Generation 2: 1974 through 1978

In the 1970s, Ford changed the look of the Mustang to fit what new drivers wanted from the vehicle. The 1970s version of the Mustang is a much smaller version than the original. Most people were not fans of the lighter, less powerful Mustang. The engine options were only V4 and V6, which was in response to the oil crisis during that time. Ford also removed the convertible option in the 1970s, which many people disliked.

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If you like the look of a classic 1970s vehicle without the gas-guzzling that most older vehicles have, then the second generation of Mustangs may be for you. The driver of a 1970s Mustang is a fun person who loves classic cars by also still enjoys spending less on fuel costs.

Generation 3: 1979 through 1993

The third generation of Mustang was so successful, that it was produced for nearly 30 years before another major design change. Generation three is really where Mustang hit its stride and started to become an iconic part of American history. This Mustang was built to invoke the old styling of the original model, and was built for looks more than power or speed. The engine inside this model was still smaller than the original, but the vehicle is larger than the second generation version. This generation also brought back the much-beloved convertible top.

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 The person who drives a third generation Mustang is a true fan of the brand. Although these versions of the Mustang are not as powerful as the original, they are also sleeker and more fun to drive. The third generation Mustang is maneuverable, long-lasting, and can withstand the rigors of modern driving.

Generation 4: 1994 through 2004

For 10 years, generation 4 Mustangs ruled the road. The main focus of the forth generation was on power and style. The boxy look of the older Mustangs gave way to a smooth shape and design that evoked a modern look in the classic vehicle. Ford brought back the V8 option for the Mustang, which increased the power of the car. The forth generation was designed as the ultimate inexpensive sporty ride, perfect for drivers who wanted style and speed in their everyday drivers.

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The fourth generation is the perfect vehicle for the driver that want a little more edge. The sleek design is much more modern, yet the power and performance of the original Mustang is still there.
Generation 5: 2005 through present
Today's Mustangs are the generation 5 Mustang. The focus of the 2005 Mustang is on the styling and shape of the original Mustang.

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The driver that is perfect for this generation, is someone who is nostalgic for the original designs, but does not want to deal with the problems associated with older vehicles.The new Mustang looks like an older vehicle, but has all of the modern conveniences.

There is a Mustang for every driver with choices that appeal to a wide range of fans and driving styles. What kind of Mustang you chose is determined by your driving personality and what kind of work you want to put into the experience.

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1 comment:

  1. interesting... being a mustang racer I always thought the mustang generations were every two years as the wheel base / bodies and engines changed every two years. Compared to the '53-'62 straight axle Corvettes are all considered first gen. and the Camareo/Firebirds were '67-'79 and '70-'81 and '82-'92 etc.