Calling the Mustang a pony car makes as much sense as dubbing a nuke a ‘firecracker’. ‘Cos with 8 cylinders of American muscle rumbling away fiercely, the Mustang GT isn’t a cuddly pony, it’s a veritable fire-breathing wolf. A big, brash, and bold wolf that’ll blow your socks off the instant you step on the gas. But it’s also the ultimate icon of Americana, with a glorious lineage and a rich heritage that’s wrapped in red, white, and blue. So quickly gobble down that apple pie and join us as we pay homage to the ultimate muscle car.
Six Generations of Cool
Now in its sixth generation, the Mustang remains the epitome of cool. And how could it not? In the five decades that have passed since the first Mustang rolled out onto the streets, it’s always managed to capture the essence of the era. From the 60s, when songs were written about it, to its modern avatar as a tech-laden muscle car, nothing else has managed to compare to the cult of the Mustang. There were some lean years too, but the Mustang survived them all, coming back stronger – and more alluring – than ever before. After all, true legends never die, they just get better with age!
The Pony Arrives
Born in 1964 (the ‘65 model, often referred to as 1964½), the Mustang was an instant hit. It kept on gaining more power and by the ‘70s, what started out as a light ‘pony car’ became bonafide ‘American Muscle’.
The Mustang II debuted in 1974 – smaller, less powerful and without a V8 option. Blame it on the oil crisis years! The V8 did come back a year later, but the ‘70s, on the whole, proved to be less than kind to the ‘Stang.
The Magic is Back
A near-perfect blend of modern and retro design cues, the all-new 2005 Mustang was, for want of a better word, best described as ‘lustworthy’. Yes, the pony car was finally back as a bedroom pinup favourite.
Excerpt taken from the Feb 2017 issue of Stuff India