Yesterday and Today

2015 Mustang shares with its past

Story Jim Smart / Images Jim Smart and Ford Motor Company - February 11, 2014 12:45 PM


Slippery styling, a wide track, and an ant-hole hugging down low demeanor make it the best handling Mustang ever.



Ford continues to give Mustang cool surroundings that yield a nostalgia message yet thrust this pony into the future.


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Ford CEO Alan Mulally was on hand in the heart of New York for the 2015 Mustang rollout on “Good Morning America”.  One enthusiast managed to get Mulally’s autograph. Check out the tattoo.


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It was on a Friday evening in the spring of 1964 in a modest three-bedroom apartment just outside of Washington, D.C. where I got my first look at Ford’s sporty new Mustang.

We had one of those pencil-leg mid-century contemporary Philco black and white television sets. It’s ironic that it was a Philco considering this time-proven name was a division of Ford at the time. Across the fuzzy black and white screen, a notchy white hardtop and a herd of galloping horses appeared, stirring up a ton of dust. The voiceover barked “MUSTANG!” and the stampede was on and has been for nearly 50 years.

At the tender age of eight, lying on the living room floor, lost in the world of childhood imagination, I couldn’t have been less interested in an exciting new nameplate from Ford. What was a Mustang and what was with all those horses?

How we thought about automobiles was about to change forever that spring evening. Ford Motor Company was there to make sure with a new kind of automobile we would soon come to know as the pony car.

When Mustang was introduced the next day, Saturday, April 17, 1964, the buying public wasn’t emotionally ready for it with a lot of people losing self-control. People ordered and bought Mustangs for reasons they couldn’t fathom. They didn’t need a second or third car. They only knew they wanted a Mustang.  

Through the years, Mustang has been an integral part of the Americana. Nearly everyone has owned one or knew someone who owned one. Drive down any street in America and you’re bound to see one. The ever constant in a changing modern society has always been Mustang. It has remained with the times and changed with the times. Even in Mustang’s leanest times, it fit the times.

The same can be said for Mustang for 2015. It fits the times. People either love it or they hate it. Traditionalists — the purists — who think Ford should build classic ’65 Mustangs again don’t care for the all-new 2015 Mustang, but would probably buy one. Those who are open-minded think Ford did a pretty good job. And Ford did a darned good job conceiving the slipperiest, most technologically advanced Mustang ever. It is an all new sophisticated Mustang inspired by a half-century of evolution plus the extra added twist of being molded into a truly global nameplate.


For more details, read the complete story in the April issue of Cars & Parts, on sale Feb. 25.