Since 1964, the Ford Mustang has been the epitome of an American sports car. The Ford Mustang is the original two door coupe, with its long, masculine hood and its compact rear deck. The styling of the Ford Mustang has changed over the years, but the general concept and feel of the muscle car remains consistent. Searching for used Mustangs for sale can provide a great value and let owners feel the strength and raw power of the Ford Mustang at a reasonable price.
Ford Mustangs have been an ever evolving car, but without losing its edge and power. There are five generations of used Ford Mustangs that buyers can consider. Each has their own unique design aspects and engine specs.
The first generation of Ford Mustangs, from 1964 to 1973, was the original and most popular. Based off of the Italian designs from Maserati and Ferrari, the Ford Mustang was America’s version of an authoritative sports car. As the years went on, each version of the car became bigger, bulkier and less like the original 1964 model. Ford then stopped this practice of enlarging the car in part because of the urging of fans of the original version to go back to its roots. Perhaps the peak year for Ford Mustangs was 1968. This is widely accepted as the most classic Ford Mustang. It gained even more popularity due to the Steve McQueen movie Bullitt, in which he raced his dark highland green 1968 Ford Mustang GT 390 CID Fastback through the streets of San Francisco in pursuit of criminals.
The second generation of Ford Mustangs was a much shorter period, 1974 to 1978, and this version of the car came about due to the strict emissions standards of the 1970s. While the car looked similar to the original Ford Mustang, it was smaller and heavier and the performance suffered.
From 1979 to 1993, the Ford Mustang began to make major design changes. There were now rear seats that could comfortably fit adults. The trunk was enlarged in order to carry more cargo. Even the engine bay was made bigger for easier service access.
The most available generation of used Ford Mustangs is the fourth. From 1994 to 2004 the Ford Mustang went through a number of changes, in terms of both design and performance. For the first time since 1973, the Ford Mustang was available in a hatchback as well as the standard two door coupe. While still complete with rear wheel drive, a new system known as Fox-4 became its new platform. The fourth generation of Ford Mustangs also introduced three new iterations of the car. In 2001, the Bullitt, named after the aforementioned car from the Steve McQueen movie was made and had a lower base and better shocks for increased handling. Also released was the Mach 1 in 2003 and 2004, as well as the Cobra in 2003 and 2004 also.
The fifth and current generation of Ford was completely redesigned in 2005 and takes on a modern yet classic look. The fifth generation Mustang went back to the traditional, intimidating grill but with a sleeker and more German side panel design. It also has more futuristic and quirky design features like the seats consisting of a material made from soy beans and an optional full glass roof.
Ford Mustangs are as American as baseball and apple pie. The classic muscle car has gone through many changes in its lifetime but the great part about it is that these pieces of history can still be found driving the streets and sitting on used car lots at this very moment.