Mustangs Forever

Exhibit at Petersen Museum highlights every generation

Eric Kaminsky - May 29, 2014 01:45 PM


Four generations of Mustangs can be seen here, with the 1974 Mustang II in the foreground.

Photo courtesy of the Petersen Museum

A pair of Shelbys, with a King of The Road edition on the left.

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Old and new are grouped together.

Photo courtesy of the Petersen Museum

Racing Mustangs, including the four-engined Mach IV Dragster and the MALCO Gasser, flank one wall.

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The Petersen Museum in Los Angeles has opened a new exhibit celebrating the Mustang.

“Mustangs Forever: 50 Years of a Legend” will run until October 18, 2014. It features examples of every generation of the pony car, Mustang race cars, factory specials and customized vehicles.

The list of Mustangs in the exhibit include:

Generation 1 (1964½ to 1973):

  • 1965 Ford Mustang Convertible, used by Ronald Reagan during his 1968 campaign for governor of California
  • 1965 Shelby Mustang GT350, a barn find
  • 1967 Ford Mustang MALCO Gasser, the first gasser to run the quarter-mile in under nine seconds
  • 1968 Mustang California Special, one of 111 fitted with a 390-cubic inch big block engine
  • 1968 Shelby GT500KR, “King of the Road” featuring a 428 Cobra Jet with Ram Air Induction
  • 1969 Ford “Four Engine” Mustang Mach IV Dragster
  • 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302
  • 1970 Shelby GT500 428 Cobra Jet
  • 1971 Ford Mustang Mach I

Generation 2 (1974 to 1978):

  • 1974 Ford Mustang II (first year the four-cylinder was available, and the only year that there was no V-8)

Generation 3 (1979 to 1993):

  • 1993 Ford Mustang Cobra SVT

Generation 4 (1994 to 2004):

  • 2000 Ford Mustang Cobra R, one of 300 made in 2000 

Generation 5 (2005-2014):

  • 2006 Shelby GT-H, marking the 40th anniversary of the original Hertz “rent-a-racer” program
  • 2007 Saleen Mustang, Parnelli Jones Limited Edition
  • 2008 Ford Mustang FR500-C Bonneville Racer, which went over 252 mph at Bonneville in 2008,
  • giving it the distinction of world’s fastest Mustang
  • 2009 Ford Mustang Iacocca 45th Anniversary Silver Edition, one of 45 built
  • 2011 Ford Mustang GT Retractable Hardtop, customized by Galpin Ford


Additionally, the Petersen is featuring several Mustangs in the Hollywood Gallery:

  • 1965 Ford Zebra Mustang by Barris, driven by Nancy Sinatra in "Marriage on the Rocks" (1965)
  • 1971 Ford Mustang Fastback “Eleanor” driven in the 1974 movie "Gone in 60 Seconds"
  • 1991 Ford Mustang LX 5.0 Convertible own by Francis Ford Coppola
  • 2013 Ford Mustang, featured in "Need for Speed" (2014)


The Museum is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, visit or call (323) 930-2277.