Monday, September 8, 2014

Ford Mustang Turns 50-- Part 1

From the April 20, 2014, Chicago Tribune by Paul Ingrassia.

No Hint of Midlife Crisis Evident As Iconic Car Hits Milestone.

The Ford Mustang turned 50 the previous week evoking " a long-ago day when new cars could generate as much excitement, at least in America, as new iPads" even though it wasn't a technological marvel.

What it was "was a smartly styled body mounted atop the underpinnings of a pedestrian compact car, the Ford falcon.  One Ford executive termed it "like turning a librarian into a sexpot."

And, it could seat four and was practical.  And, its "styling captured the exuberant youth culture of America in the 1960s.  Even better, its $2,368 price tag made it affordable for the twenty-somethings and baby boomers.

That price gave you a six-cylinder engine, but you could pay extra for options like automatic transmission, air conditioning, convertible top and a 289-cubic-inch V-8 engine.

I liked the look of them, but didn't really want one, but was only 13 at the time.  Now, when GM came out with the Firebirds and Camaros in 1967, that was something majorly different, even if I was having trouble learning how to drive.

Where's Sally?  --RoadDog

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