Ford actually previewed the showroom model Mustang to a continuous flow of automotive reporters and buff book writers beginning in January 1964. Product information and photos provided by Ford were put under an embargo, meaning reporters agreed not to reveal full details until the official public introduction.
All of these were VIN-identified as 1965 models, but several changes were made at the traditional opening of the new model year (beginning August 1964), including the addition of back-up lights on some models, the introduction of alternators to replace generators, and an upgrade of the V8 engine from 260 cu in to 289 cu in. In the case of at least some six-cylinder Mustangs fitted with the 101 hp 170 cu in Falcon engine, the rush into production included some unusual quirks, such as a horn ring bearing the Ford Falcon logo beneath a trim ring emblazoned with Ford Mustang. These characteristics made enough difference to warrant designation of the 121,538 earlier ones as "1964½" model-year Mustangs, a distinction that has endured with purists.
In 1979 the Mustang was redesigned a third time. This time it was based on the larger Fox platform and the interior was really large enough for four people. The trunk was larger and so was the engine bay. The body styles available included a coupe, hatchback and in 1983 a convertible. In 1979 the Third generation Mustang served as an Indianapolis 500 pace car and Ford built 10,478 commemorative replicas. The third generation Mustangs were produced from 1979 to 1982.
Iacocca joined the Ford organization in 1946. Although trained as an engineer, he soon realized his personal passion and future was in sales. Iacocca spent years as a field manager helping dealers promote and sell some of Fords most undesirable products.
At the 2004 North American International Auto Show, Ford introduced a completely redesigned Mustang for the 2005 year model. This one was based on an all new platform and the styling was described by Fords senior vice president of design, J Mays, as "retro-futurism". The base model is powered by a 210 hp cast-iron block 4.0 L SOHC V6. The Mustang GT features an aluminum block 4.6 L SOHC 3-valve Modular V8 with variable camshaft timing (VCT) that produces 300 hp. All 2008 Mustangs have seats containing material derived from soybeans and a new option for the 2009 was the glass roof, which is basically a full sunroof.
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