How many of our modern modern cars have a brass nameplate between the exhaust pipe and the tailpipe? A lot, right? It’s not like it’s rare.
Think of the 1965 Mustang, or any of those car models before that. It could have a brass nameplate, a button that covered the side mirror. No, that’s not the 1960s. No, not the 1970s either. That’s the ’80s. Right?
Well, not if you’re cool. That’s the age of vintage Ford Mustangs, and all those internal-combustion engines with springy, rumbling pistons, no matter which vintage Mustang you’re talking about. And if they’re from that era, they could be an obscure model now, or they could be yours. There are these $1,049 Mustang Mustangs that a dealer in Ypsilanti, Mich., apparently just sent out to prospective buyers, and the same dealer appears to be selling virtually every other Mustang model in perpetuity. Anybody! You have to check them out!
No word if they’ve had to strap them into their aerial safety harnesses, or use actual epoxy to adhere the names to their tailpipes.
The usual hubbub about the imminent March 31 end of production of the last six trim levels of the most popular Mustang, which Ford first unveiled in 1964, in the parking lot at the factory in Dearborn, Mich., was still being rumbled about as I left work on Friday.
Some $60,000 Mustangs built for the Canadian and European markets still have the factory ignition key — a traditional Ford feature that has made a comeback, of late, amid the suspicions that you’re likely to die that way. The 1965 Mustang production line was so crowded that it didn’t have room for a pilot light, until the 1966 introduction of the original key-free key fob, which was almost entirely eliminated in 1967.
The 2016 GT, the latest Shelby model, has been sold in just two colors: red and black, one of the company’s rarest finishes, and seems to be back in Ford’s sales plans for the U.S. market. It’s not uncommon to find GTs, like the letter evidence that still remains on the hood, for sale for $12,000, and many appear to be headed to foreign collector markets.
And they’re older still. Many of the cars from the early 1980s, the popular bodied successors to the 1966 Cobra, can’t be restored to original 2015 vehicles, because their engines were for the most part similar to the Ford 351-degree-C9 V-8s, and therefore are almost impossible to replace. But some of them still make the trip north to Canada. Buy one before March 31!
And if you miss your prime Mustang buying window, Ford could make sure you buy a Mustang of some description. And a special edition — a simple, mean-looking crossover that’s the advertising equivalent of a tank — is on the way.
In many ways, the final batch of Mustangs — as well as the sleek line of even-older Mustangs headed north to Canada — marks a revolution in the Mustangs that Ford built for ’60s enthusiasts. When I asked several ’80s Ford executives who had been part of that era whether they remembered the concept of the basic rear-wheel-drive pony car, they looked me straight in the eye and shrugged. “What a concept!” they said. So the gas nozzles are pushed to the exterior, and it’s called a “Camaro on four wheels,” the classic Mustang-suffering me said. Yes, I said, but that’s the name for the whole product.
You’d be forgiven for thinking that the current question about the existence of the last six cars of the Mustang’s original trim level, all of which are iconic, have as much to do with the financial status of the owner as with popular taste.
When somebody asks, What’s the best Mustang ever? they could just as easily mean, what is the youngest Mustang?