Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Car Of The Day: August 7, 2012
The Yatming 1979 Ford Mustang Turbo visits us from craftymore's collection and is the car for today.
The Ford Mustang is an automobile manufactured by the Ford Motor Company. It was initially based on the second generation North American Ford Falcon, a compact car. Introduced early on April 17, 1964, dubbed as a "1964½" model by Mustang fans, the 1965 Mustang was the automaker's most successful launch since the Model A. The model is Ford's third oldest nameplate in production and has undergone several transformations to its current fifth generation.
The Mustang created the "pony car" class of American automobiles—sports car-like coupes with long hoods and short rear decks—and gave rise to competitors such as GM's Chevrolet Camaro, AMC's Javelin, and Chrysler's revamped Plymouth Barracudas and Dodge Challengers.
Back when Ford introduced its all-new Mustang for 1979 it offered versions powered by Fours, Sixes, V8s and, for the first time, turbocharged Fours. Yes, the old, OHV 5.0-liter V8 would eventually earn a huge, passionate and continuing cult following in that "Fox body" Mustang, but in 1979 what everyone was interested in was that turbo Four.
Based on the rather agricultural 2.3-liter overhead-cam "Lima" Four from the Pinto, the Mustang's turbo version had the compressor heaving through a two-barrel Holley carburetor to produce 140 hp. Since the available 5.0-liter V8 that year was also rated at 140 hp (and also breathed through a two-barrel carb), the turbo Four seemed like a viable alternative at a time when OPEC was diddling with the petroleum supply.
Yatming offered two '79 Mustang castings with the other being the Pace Car version. The separate tail light insert is a cool touch.