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Thread: Evolution of the Mustang (1964 1/2 to 2018)

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    Evolution of the Mustang (1964 1/2 to 2018)


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    Which one if your favourite Mustang and why?

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    That’s a great video. Watching the power numbers was very interesting.

    They lost the plot there in the 70s so for me it’s easier to say what I don’t like.

    I do like the 69 shape and engine, but my favourite has to be the 17 GT350.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HSE2 View Post
    Thatís a great video. Watching the power numbers was very interesting.

    They lost the plot there in the 70s so for me itís easier to say what I donít like.

    I do like the 69 shape and engine, but my favourite has to be the 17 GT350.
    Ford Mustang definitely lost its way during the 70's.

    Cant beat the 17 GT350. Would of liked to see an overlap of power/performance/weight on one graph.

    Would love to see a similar evolution for our falcons.

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    69/70 shape my Favorite.
    My Falcon family heritage: XY V8 Falcon 500, XYGT, XBGT, XC 351 GS, XD 4.1 Spack, EF wagon, AU Wagon, AU2 Wagon, AU2 XR8, BA XR8, BF XR8, FG XR6, Lucky last: Sprint 8. Oh wait, AU3 XLS Marlin Ute!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Futura View Post
    Ford Mustang definitely lost its way during the 70's.

    Cant beat the 17 GT350. Would of liked to see an overlap of power/performance/weight on one graph.

    Would love to see a similar evolution for our falcons.
    CAFE, the oil shocks of the 1970's, the push for more efficient cars, stodgy styling trends all conspired to influence Ford's thinking of the time.

    With my first car, a bunky XW sedan, I built a 302W for it using a bulk-imported 1980 Mustang engine from a US wrecker. Its factory rating was a stately 140hp at 8.5:1 compression and came with every conceivable pollution control device you could cram onto a carburetted engine. Hence was the story of engine development in America squeezed by legislation.

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    No prizes for guessing my favourite year/model. Outside of the 69-70 era I'm also in the 2016 Shelby GT350 camp, but I also want to give an honorable mention to my two other favouite Mustangs

    2000 SVT- Cobra R
    2013 Shelby GT (5.8 ) 662hp
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    The sheer purity of the 65 GT Fastback pulls me in bigtime.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FTe217 View Post
    The sheer purity of the 65 GT Fastback pulls me in bigtime.
    After spending a bit of time around older Mustang enthusiasts the 64 to 66 model seem to be viewed as the purest of Mustang models. The fastbacks of that era are particularly beautiful and highly regarded. I have had people (nonenthuistsis ) claim mine wasn't a 'pony' as they recalled one to be due to this. I tend to view the 69-70 model as more of a muscle car in the true sense rather than a pony car.
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    I pretty much agree Colville.
    Look, I obviously love the later Fastback, Mack1's etc and what Morm quotes But in the true sense of Pony the first ones just can't be beat due to the "freshness" they posses.
    I love the brute of the later ones as you say, muscle in another way but I was quite surprised of myself seeing the early ones as perfection as they were.
    Normally I'd be as Futura pretty much jumping towards the 17 GT350 or similar but the first ones just stand up next to these by sheer class.
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