Friday, March 25, 2011

Car Of The Day: March 25, 2011

Today's car of the day is Golden Wheel's 1967 Ford Mustang GT.

The first-generation Ford Mustang is the original pony car, manufactured by Ford Motor Company from 1964 until 1973.

Initially introduced as a hardtop and convertible, with fastback version put on sale following year. At the time of introduction Mustang, sharing its underpinnings with Falcon, was slotted into a compact car segment.
With every next revision Mustang saw increase in overall dimensions and in engine power, thus as a result, by the 1971 Mustang has entered a muscle car market. After initial surge, sales were at steady decline and Ford began working on new generation. When oil crisis hit in 1973, Ford was prepared having already designed smaller Mustang II, which had nothing in common with first generation cars.

For more information and pictures of the real car please visit: Ford Mustang

This is a recent RAOK from Pegers (thanks Dan!) and dates to the 1993 Valvoline promo ten car set.  At the time that set was a very hot commodity (up until then, no one had done any of the vintage muscle cars in 1/64 since they were new cars), and it was not unheard of to see examples trading for $25-30.  And then Johnny Lightning, Hot Wheels, and Matchbox brought out some classic muscle cars of their own and this set's value dropped like a rock as most of the cars were quickly covered (better) by other manufacturers.  This is one of the better cars from the set.  I think it's a safe guess to say this one is green to cash in on the "Bullitt" chase scene.  Note both the color and the lack of a grill ornament.

The 1967 model year Mustang was the first model to feature a major redesign with the installation of a big-block V8 engine. The overall size, interior and cargo space were increased. Exterior trim changes included concave taillights, side scoop (1967) and chrome (1968) side ornamentation, square rear-view mirrors, and usual yearly wheel and gas cap changes. The high-performance 289 option was placed behind the newer 320 hp (239 kW) 390 cu in (6.4 L) FE engine from the Ford Thunderbird, which was equipped with a four-barrel carburetor. A 390 GT engine, and a 4-speed manual transmission recorded quarter mile times of approximately 13 seconds and trap speeds of over 105 mph (169 km/h). During the mid-1968 model year, a drag racer for the street could be ordered with the optional 428 cu in (7 L) Cobra Jet engine which was officially rated at 335 hp (250 kW) all of these Mustangs were issued R codes on their VIN#'s.

The 1967 and 1968 models discontinued the "Pony Interior" in favor of a new deluxe interior package, which included special color options, brushed stainless steel (1967) or woodgrain (1968) trim, seat buttons, a tilt steering wheel, and special interior paneling. The 1968 models that were produced during 1968 were also the first year to incorporate 3 point lap belts as opposed to the standard lapbelts The air-conditioning option was fully integrated into the dash, the speakers and stereo were upgraded, and unique center and overhead consoles were options. The fastback model offered the option of a rear fold-down seat, and the convertible was available with folding glass windows. Gone too was the Rally-Pac, since the new instrument cluster had provisions for an optional tachometer and clock. Its size and shape also precluded the installation of the accessory atop the steering column.

The California Special Mustang, or GT/CS, was visually based on the Shelby model and was only sold in Western states. Its sister, the 'High Country Special', was sold in Denver, Colorado. While the GT/CS was only available as a coupe, the 'High Country Special' model was available in fastback and convertible configurations in 1966 and 1967 and only as a coupe in 1968.

The Mustang fastback gained popular culture status when used in the crime thriller Bullitt (1968). Lt. Frank Bullitt, played by actor Steve McQueen, drove a modified Highland Green 1968 Mustang GT fastback with 390 cu in (6.4 L) 4V engine, chasing two hitmen in a black 1968 Dodge Charger in the film's car chase through the streets of San Francisco.

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