Ford has started manufacturing of its seventh-generation Mustang which is due to be released within a year the popular model will celebrate its 60th year. Fans of the gearhead model appreciate the fact that Ford keeps its internal combustion engine in the near future, even as everyone else is rushing to switch to electric. It’s Coyote V8 helps continue the Ford Mustang’s history of the legendary performance that has been proven since the time that the Blue Oval brand introduced this iconic muscle car back in the ’60s.
The Ford Mustang is arguably the most popular car to ever be offered on the market. It offers everything people are looking for in a muscle car. There are a variety of variations, leaving those who love classic cars with many options in the market for used cars. There were, of course, some really bad Mustangs that we would like to erase. But, the majority of them were great and were a major factor in the nameplate’s famous popularity. Here are 10 amazing classic Ford Mustangs we’d want to drive.
1964.5 Ford Mustang
1964.5 Ford Mustang is the one that set the tone for everything else. It was a prototype model, which was manufactured five months prior to when normal production of the first generation started. 1964.5 was 1964.5 model was the very first pony car to be released and Ford’s most popular release since the legendary Model A in 1928.
It became a huge success with over 22,000 cars on its first day of release which set the tone for what would come in the coming decades. Every gearhead would love to own this 1964.5 Mustang primarily for its historic significance.
1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302
The Mustang Boss 302 is one of the most well-known muscle cars ever and continued the impressive heritage that was the Boss name. Ford created the smaller-engined Boss 302 to compete directly with the Chevy Camaro Z/28 during the battle of the pony cars which spanned from car showrooms all the way to Trans-Am racing circuits.
Under the cover, The 1970 Boss 302 packed Ford’s 302ci Windsor V8 engine with fluid Cleveland heads that could produce the power of 290 horsepower. It’s also a scarce Mustang that only 1,934 units were built in 1969, and 6,318 units were built in 1970.
1968 Ford Shelby Mustang GT500KR
Its 1968 Ford Shelby Mustang GT500KR has been a shadow of its predecessor which was its 1967 Shelby GT500. This isn’t due to its shortcomings, but rather due to its older brother. It is everything you need to make it among the most sought-after Mustangs ever.
The GT500KR had the 7.0-liter V8 Cobra Jet under the lightweight fiberglass hood. It could produce up to 435 horsepower which is more than 100 horsepower than the official numbers. Some of them have sold for over $250,000 and we’d like to drive one of them.
1971 Ford Mustang Boss 351
The 351 was part of the Mustang Boss trio. It replaced the 302 as well as the 429, was in production only in 1971, and was limited by 1,806 units. It is much rarer that the 302 but is almost as scarce as it is the Boss 429.
Its 351ci engine is extremely revved up and produced more horsepower than the 302 engine with an engine that is rated 330 HP and is definitely one of the most efficient small block engines ever built. The engine also got styling upgrades with bigger dimensions throughout and performed better than its predecessor due to its staggered shock system.
1968 Ford Shelby Mustang EXP-500 “Green Hornet”
In his time in partnership with Ford, Shelby was always trying new things. The 1968 Ford Shelby Mustang EXP-500 known as the Green Hornet, is perhaps the most recognizable concept car that he built for Ford. This Green Hornet was a test place for new technologies as well as performance enhancements that they might use for the future Shelby Mustangs.
Shelby created his Green Hornet on the underpinnings of the 1968 Mustang Fastback but with several modifications like the 428 Cobra Jet engine, a custom-built rear suspension that was built by Shelby, and a distinctive green and gold color scheme.
1971 Ford Mustang Mach 1
Ford Mustang Mach 1 Ford was an aggressive and more sporty variant of the Mustang designed with an emphasis on handling and performance. Ford made available Mach 1 with a range of options for engines, including the 351 Cleveland V8 as well as the 429 Super Cobra Jet V8, and the 428 Cobra Jet V8, with the latter two having the option of a manual four-speed transmission.
The model of 1971 received an update with new design enhancements and is among the most affordable restorations of muscle cars of the 1970s.
1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429
Its Mustang Boss 429 is one of the most amazing muscle automobiles Ford has produced and is considered to be among the most desired muscle automobiles. It’s in addition the strongest of the siblings to the Boss trio. Ford initially designed Boss 429 as a Boss 429 for NASCAR competition to counter Mopar’s HEMI monsters.
Ford required a redesign of the body of the Mustang to accommodate the huge 429ci engine which transformed it into a car that ran 14 seconds for the quarter-mile in its stock version. Additionally, it featured more fenders, a longer front end and a modified suspension, and an exclusive interior, making it an absolute pleasure to drive.
1967 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500
The most recent Shelby Mustang GT500 is the most powerful Mustang ever built, with high-performance performance and the appearance of a muscle car. It’s a conclusion of what began with that 1967 Shelby GT500, now a famously sought-after and iconic muscle car that we’d love to own.
Notable GT500 cars made from 1967 are one of them, the GT Coupe “Little Red” and the only Shelby GT500 convertible. The highest on the list was the 1967 Fastback upgrade to the GT500 Super Snake with a 427 GTGT40 engine that could push 650 horsepower.
1965 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350
It is possible to describe the Shelby GT350 as the best product of passion and engineering excellence. Carroll Shelby had already produced the AC Cobra before he got to construct his 1966 Shelby GT350 for Ford to take on the B-Production division of SCCA.
Equipped with the 289ci Windsor K-Code V8, Shelby built his GT350 to become one of the more famous muscle cars of all time. It was superior to the regular Mustang by every aspect. Due to its rareness and racing heritage, It is likely to come across one of these muscle automobiles for sale at around $300,000-$7 figures depending on its condition.