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History of the Ford Mustang in Eureka, Illinois

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History of the Ford Mustang

The Ford Mustang is one of the most iconic cars on the road. This model single-handedly created the “pony car” class of American automobiles, and has been in production since 1964. Not only did the Mustang redefine the automotive industry, but it still remains one of the most popular sports cars on the road. If you are in the Eureka, Illinois area and you want to check out the latest Mustang, stop by Mangold Ford!

Beginning with the iconic  1964½ Ford Mustang, the classic muscle cars went into production. The “1/2” is added to the title because the Mustang was released late in the year; however, when it did hit the market, it was the most successful Ford since the Model A.   The Mustang itself actually appeared as early as 1962, but Ford only showed it as a concept car.

The first commercially available Mustangs were designed to be affordable, which meant they had to share components with the smallest Ford at the time – the Falcon. Hence, the somewhat-sad 101 horsepower engine often came standard. By the second and third generation, Ford had competition from Chevy, Plymouth, and Mercury imitators. This forced Ford engineers  to up horsepower and redesign the exterior in 1969. The fourth- and fifth-generation models were considerably less popular (called the Mustang II), probably due to gas-sipping engines and very little interior room.

However, in this time Ford also developed the GT trim, offering added equipment and styling. Carol Shelby, now synonymous with the Cobra design, got ahold of the Mustang and added features like disc brakes, fiberglass, a tuned suspension, and a powerful engine. First offered in 1965, the GT is still around today.

Over the years, the Mustang has had several changes; nevertheless, Ford strives to make this pony car affordable. The Mustang currently comes with great performance and the latest technologies. The Shelby GT350 is a must for adrenaline junkies, while the standard trims still offer spine-tingling speed. The 2016 Mustang was the recipient of the Consumer Digest “Best Buy” award and the KBB “5-Year Cost to Own” award, proving just how great this iconic model still is and will always be!
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