This week we're celebrating 57 years of the Ford Mustang. The Mustang first galloped upon the automotive scene on April 17, 1964, and it's been in continuous production ever since, making it the longest-produced Ford car nameplate. What's your first Mustang memory?
I remember going to the dealer in 1964 with my father, who was a car-nut and family man, and seeing the new Mustang right around April or May that year. I recall my dad being disappointed that the 'stang would not suit us since my sister was 11 and I was just coming up to 7, and both growing quickly. I also remember being mystified as to which "trim level" was higher or lower - the chrome cove or pinstripe. "Neither" did not compute, since all other cars had some sort of delineation between low, middle and high trim levels on their exterior....
My very first Mustang memory is when my parents took me to the mall and I went on one of those automotive-related carousels. The vehicle of choice? Mustang. At the time, I probably chose it because there was a pony logo on the front. Little did I know that I would be obsessed with everything Mustang-related from then on out. 😊
My first Mustang memory? My Dad had a '68 fastback with a straight 6 3 speed manual. Beautiful blue on blue. This would have been around '78 or '79. He put a nice set of mags on it for about 5 minutes. After about the thirtieth guy in a week pulled up beside him and pulled the stoplight Gran Prix, the mags came off. Great looking car that looked much faster than it actually was. My second was my friend's 83 1/2 GT four barrel 5 speed. It was maroon with the black accents. For the time, it was a wicked little machine. Made even more so after we built the engine three years later.
My first mustang memory came just at the end of high school. I was in need of a car due to the frame of my Ford Ranger turning to dust from the salty roads of upstate NY. I somehow convinced my dad to go look at this 1995 Mustang GT convertible found on craigslist. I brought it home a few weeks later. After my dad's first time behind the wheel, he comments "This thing pulls pretty good for a V6". Surprise Dad, its a V8! Fortunately, I managed to keep it straight on the road and I still own it and drive it frequently to this day. Its loud, its slow, but it holds so many great memories!
My favorite mustang moment was when the original 1968 Ford Bullitt Mustang came to Hagerty headquarters immediately after it's "unveiling" at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, MI. The movie car that was thought to be lost forever was in arms reach of me, and I was able to hear the story of it's history and where it's been hiding all these years straight from the owner himself- Sean Kiernan. It was absolutely incredible. I was working when it sold at auction, but Hagerty had the Mecum auction playing on all of the internal office displays. Everyone in the office went silent, but giddy with excitement when we saw it cross the auction block knowing it was going to go for big money. We were right! It sold for $3.74 million which was the record auction price for ANY Mustang at that time. Very cool to watch it all play out.
THAT Mustang was the reason my '68 Cougar ended up in Augusta Green ( Mercury's way if differentiating itself from Ford) which happened to be the factory color. Talk about happy accidents.
Dub6 in your build pics of your car you look like a fair sized lad this memory U speak of must have been awhile back I assume when U were a much younger flexible fella Mustangs were always fairly cramped.Cheers R
My first Mustang memory was my neighbors dad bought a 65.
Two of my favorite memories are. The old lady who used to driver husbands 509 KR Sheby to the grocery store when her car would not start in the winter with the top down and just chambered pipes.
The other was a guy in collage came to me with a newly restored 69 Boss with a Shaker and numbers matching Engine. He offered me the keys to to take the car and make a few passes by shifting the gears at a generous speed. He wanted to hear what it sounded like and had observed my skills in my 4 speed Chevelle.
I was never a Mustang fan but I did enjoy the Boss and later another GT500KR I did get to drive. Was not enough to defect from GM but did gain my approval.
My first Mustang Memory: bang-shifting my buddy’s 5.0 notch that had headers, off—road H-pipe, exhaust, 3.73s, and a set of TFS heads, as a 16 year old with bronze … stones. With a sticky set of meats on the street after a few hits, that car launched like a jet off the carrier deck. It was slow, a low 13 car, but it felt fast!
A low 13 second from a standing start car isn't slow (unless you're comparing it to a 11 second car). The times that factory cars are supposed to be getting nowadays is a tad inflated, AND.......done by a professional driver. I GUARANTEE that low 13 sec. notchback would give a late model Coyote 'Stang a good run with a good driver and traction.
It will give a good run to a bone stock one, just not one with basic mods like drag radials and/or an ECU re-flash that gets the power up to 400 at the wheels. It pains me to say that, as I love pounding thru the gears in a Fox Body, but the small block Ford more of a historical timepiece these days. I wouldn't call it outdated, but its time in the limelight is gone for good reason.
My first memory was in my small hometown the teacher of our grade 2 local school a older woman had a first year Mustang brand new in canary yellow I have no idea what was under the hood a six i would think but it stood out around town since that time I have owned three one 68 one 89 Fox body and a 14 liked each one of them no complaints and will likely be upgrading soon to my 4th and likely my last.Cheers R