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Ford Mustang

IN BRIEF

Probably the most catered for American classic in the UK. Think of the Mustang in terms of the MGB; easy to own classic offered in several body styles whose popularity means all parts are available decades after production ended. Such is the Mustang’s following there are several UK companies dedicated purely to providing parts.

Available with a six-cylinder or V8 Mustangs came as manual or automatic convertible, coupé or 2+2 fastback. Massive options list meant buyers could make their Mustang sporty, luxurious – or both. Starring roles in films such as Bullitt (1968) added to the Mustang’s street cred. Today, the Mussy is just as popular, indeed the fifth generation of Mustangs (2005 to 2014) hark back heavily to the original.

TIMELINES

1964 Launched based on Falcon saloon and sold 100,000 examples in four months and a million within two years.

1965 Minor styling changes and the introduction of a 2+2 fastback.

1967 New, longer nose, concave taillight styling and a simulated vent in rear wings.

1969 New larger body with quad headlights and performance models included the Boss and the Mach 1 meant there was now a choice of ten engines across the range.

1971 Another restyle sees Mustangs now two inches longer as well as wider, lower and heavier.

1974 Smaller, economy Mustang II with four six-cylinder and V8 options débuts. Often regarded as a low point in the Mustang’s rich history but sales doubled over that of the ‘73 models and are now incredibly cheap.

DRIVING

Easy to drive and simple to park – being slightly smaller than a Mondeo no less – the Mustang has the American style but a civilised, European manner. The six-cylinder is well suited to the car although lacks the V8’s urgency – both are enhanced by a four-speed manual gearbox but don’t dismiss the three-speed manual or automatic out of hand, they make for effortless cruising in traffic.

Decent brakes and suspension suited to the UK roads mean a classic Mustang isn’t a chore to drive, although we’d recommend you find a car with power steering and disc front brakes if you can.

BEST MODELS

The 1966 and earlier cars are most prized, followed by the 1967 to 1969s. Rag tops are highly desired, as are the fastbacks but coupés don’t appeal to so many, so can be significantly cheaper to buy – ditto a six cylinder model with three-speed ’box.

Performance models are in demand but a decent GT is every bit as good a road car as a Shelby. A 2.3-litre Mustang II would be unusual car to own but won’t make your fortune when you sell it.

VALUES

V8 Mustangs are usually worth more than an equivalent straight-six, £12000-£15,000 gets you a nice mid-1960s example, 1970s cars start at about £8000. Add about £3000-£5000 more for a convertible.

Performance versions such as the GT and Shelby cars can edge into six figure values so count on needing upward of £60,000 for anything with a genuine Shelby VIN.

BUYING ADVICE

Search for rust in the inner wings, radiator panel and around the suspension mounts – installing a bigger engine can weaken them.

Examine around headlights and top of the bulkhead especially around the cowl and behind the dashboard. Neither was painted underneath and water gathers here.

Sills and floorpans rot once window seals get old, rear suspension mounts and chassis outriggers can go soft, boot floors rust prone too. Poke around the front and rear chassis rails and beware convertibles with sagging or ill-fitting doors.

Originality is important so decode the VIN plate online or in specialist books to make sure you’re not buying a six with a later V8 conversion (check wheel studs).

 



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