Ford Mustang——Feel the Muscle(Part 2)


1979 marked the first year of the Fox chassis for Mustang. Originally designed for the 1978 Fairmont, the Fox platform proved to be a good fit for Mustang, as every ponycar for the next 30years used Fox chassis. The sales number of 1979 Mustang was more than 150,000.Also this year, for the second time since its introduction, the Mustang was named the official pace car of the Indianapolis 500.

1984 was the 20th birthday of Mustang. Two new models were available in 1984–the SVO and 1984 1/2 20th Anniversary G.T. 350.  All were painted Oxford White with a Canyon Red interior, and sported original pony and stripes side emblems and two special 20th anniversary badges on the dashboard. Also in 1984, Ford introduced the first Saleen Mustang. The 1984 model would feature aerodynamic body panels and racing suspension components, then Saleen began adding engine modifications in following years.


1979 Mustang with Fox chassis


Indy 500 official pace car


Mustang 20th anniversary badge



20th anniversary Mustang GT350 and 1964 Mustang


Mustang got an update for 1987. Taking cues from the SVO, all Mustangs got aerodynamic headlights, which was such a stupid design. This generation I think could be the most ugly Mustang. It even can’t be called a Mustang. No muscle, no Mustang sprits, nothing at all.


1987 Mustang


The called “cheese graters” taillights covers


1994 was the 4th redesign of Mustang which was a comfort. The new pony car had plenty of power and more panache than ever, with styling cues picked up from 1964. The grille pony returned in 1994 which it last appeared was 16 years ago. Designers said it was one of the best decisions they’d ever made. Like its first-generation cousin, the 1994 Cobra convertible was selected as the pace car for the Indy 500 again. All 1994 Cobra convertibles were Indy 500 Pace Car editions. In 1994 Ford sold a total of 123,198 Mustangs, almost 10,000 units more than the previous year. This also proved that the new design was a great success.


1994 Mustang GT


President Bill Clinton inspects job in Ford


Back to the pace car position


1999 marked Mustang’s 35th anniversary, and Mustang got a fresh new look. Though still based on the Fox platform, the smooth lines from last generation were replaced with an edgier design. The grille corral reappeared for the first time since 1973. Both V-6 and GT Mustangs has “35th Anniversary” fender badges.


Mustang 35th anniversary badge


1999 Mustang convertible


35th Anniversary GT & Cobra R Prototype Unveiling

GT3 (1)

1999 Mustang front view


The 2005 Ford Mustang is pure American muscle. The signature long hood and short rear deck , the three-element taillamp and a galloping horse badge in the center of the grille marked that the Mustang is back! The menacing shark-like nose imparts an attitude not seen since the 1967 model, while jeweled, round headlamps in trapezoidal housings are part of its striking new modern architecture.

The 2005 Ford Mustang has an aggressive rake that puts the car in motion even when it’s standing still. The wheels were pushed to the corners of the body, better anchoring it visually and physically to the road. Design influences of the 2003 Ford Mustang GT coupe concept are clearly visible. The most beautiful and most powerful Mustang is here now!



2005 Ford Mustang GT





Clay model and sketches


All-new shape, yet unmistakably Mustang! Ford revealed the brand new Mustang recently–loaded with innovative technologies and delivering world-class levels of performance – is simultaneously revealed around the globe in six cities on four continents. The clean-sheet design of both Mustang fastback and convertible evokes the essential character of the brand, retaining key design elements – including the long sculpted hood and short rear deck – with contemporary execution.

“Ford Mustang inspires passion like no other car,” said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president, global product development. “The visceral look, sound and performance of Mustang resonates with people, even if they’ve never driven one. Mustang is definitely more than just a car – it is the heart and soul of Ford.”

This new Mustang would start a new chapter of his own.



2014 Mustang GT





Design sketches and inspirations


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One comment

  1. I agree the 87-94 models lack the mustang spirit

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