Ever since the Ford Mustang first hit the streets more than 50 years ago, it has remained a living legend. Drivers love this muscle car’s iconic styling and exhilarating performance. Some models will forever hold a special place in our hearts. Let’s check out the most historic Mustangs of all-time.
1965 Shelby GT350
With only around 500 units produced, the 1965 Shelby GT350 is definitely a rare automobile. For good reason, it’s value now approaches $280,000. There are a number of exciting features that separate the Shelby GT350 model from the rest of the lineup. To give the Mustang Shelby GT350 an extra fun factor, Ford tweaked its 289 V8 engine to produce more than 300 horsepower. An upgraded suspension took the car’s handling to the next level. Meanwhile, special racing stripes and a hood-mounted air scoop highlight the GT350 model’s exclusive styling cues.
1969 Boss 429
For good reason, some people consider the 1969 Boss 429 to be the king of all Mustangs. Upon getting behind the wheel of this race-bred Mustang, drivers experienced an immediate adrenaline rush. Under the hood sat a 429 cubic inch engine, which was rated to develop a monstrous 375 horsepower and 450 horsepower. However, some Mustang fanatics claim this engine produces even more power in the real world. Optional upgrades, such as quicker power steering and a beefed-up suspension, gave the 1969 Boss 429 the ability to dominate the competition.
1970 Mach 1
In the land of high-performance driving machines, the 1970 Mach 1 was among the best bargains on the market. It was able to match the performance of cars that boasted a far more expensive price tag. This was a big attraction for the drivers who wanted a true bang for the buck. Motivating the 1970 Mach 1 was a 351 cubic inch engine, which cranked out an enjoyable 290 horsepower. An even larger 6.4-liter engine was available as an option. In regard to styling. A ‘Sportsroof’ body made the 1970 Mach a legitimate head-turner. When equipped with the optional Shaker hood scoop, it became an even more exciting Mustang.
This highly regarded Mustang was a true game changer. Unlike Mustangs of the past, the 1986 SVO came equipped with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine. While some people were skeptical at first, their perception of the Mustang SVO quickly changed after taking a test drive. Despite only developing a total of 200 horsepower, a lightweight design enabled the SVO to easily keep pace with its V8-powered counterparts. A long list of performance goodies were found on the SVO, including specially tuned shocks and ventilated disc brakes. On the exterior, an exclusive grille and hood gave the Mustang SVO a powerful look that demanded attention.
1987 Mustang 5.0
For a few years, the Ford Mustang had somewhat lacked in the performance department. In 1987, a new 5.0-liter V8 helped bring the Mustang back into prominence. This bigger and better engine developed a healthy 225 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque. There was no denying the car’s more forceful acceleration. Because the “5.0-liter” engine can be easily modified, it still remains a favorite among Mustang enthusiasts. Meanwhile, a recalibrated suspension enabled the 1987 Mustang to handle better than ever. While the LX trim looked amazing, some drivers couldn’t resist the GT trim’s muscular body kit.
2000 Cobra R
The 2000 Cobra R is hands-down one of the best Mustangs in history. While this limited-edition model delivered plenty of fun on the street, it was especially thrilling on the track. Ford tuned the Cobra R’s DOHC V8 engine to push out a competitive 385 horsepower and 385 pound-feet of torque. An abundance of power helped the Cobra R to clock a blistering 0-60 time of 4.4 seconds. Although the Cobra R didn’t come equipped with A/C or a stereo, driving purists were willing to make a few sacrifices in exchange for the car’s sensational performance capabilities. A large rear wing and side-exit exhaust pipes gave the Cobra an extra intimidation factor. Unfortunately, red was the only color available.
With the arrival of an independent rear suspension, the 2015 Mustang was finally ready to take on the world’s elite sports cars. It’s arguably the best-handling generation. An ultra-smooth ride sweetened the deal. While the even base V6 engine was fun, a lot of drivers were interested in the new turbocharged four-cylinder. Mustang fans seeking the ultimate thrills turned to the re-tuned Coyote V8 engine, which produced a sensational 435 horsepower. Another aspect of the 2015 Mustang’s charm is its remarkably sleek styling. A fastback roof and wide stance gave the 2015 Mustang a commanding road presence. Some of the captivating paint colors include Race Red, Competition Orange, Shadow Black, and Magnetic.
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