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Ford Mustang Timeline: The Good, The Bad, and The Muscly

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The Ford Mustang is one of a handful of cars rightfully called icons. Since its first spin on a car-show turntable at the World's Fair in 1964, it's been the auto industry's standard measure of overnight success. And for at least some of its wild youth, it was the cautionary tale of what happens when a celebrity hits the skids.

This month we're celebrating the arrival of a new Mustang with a look back at the past--before our first test drives of the 2011 pony car.

As we spin back through 46 years and 47 model years of Mustangs, it's easy to pinpoint the highlights--and the low-water marks--that have shaped the Mustang's history as much as a stylist's pen, or an engineer's slide rule. Or their MacBook Pros, for that matter.

That sounds like a timeline to us.

For those of you still writing on paper, reading books and still thinking of the Ford Mustang as a timeworn cliche, it's time for a crash course. (Not that kind.) And for those of you unabashed about your Mustang love, online and elsewhere, we're going to be tweaking the 'Stangs that history hasn't treated too kindly. Bear with us.

Thankfully, there's never been a better Mustang than the 2011 Mustang we're getting ready to drive--and to show you top to bottom, inside and out across the High Gear Media universe. We're marking the arrival of the 2011 Mustang with a month of new stories, and there's one place to find everything we have in store for you today, in two weeks' time, and after.

Right now, you can find a big index of stories over at one of our newest sites, NASCAR AutoGuide--it's built in partnership with NASCAR.com and AutoTrader, specifically to deliver our huge RSS feed of daily auto reviews, news and features to a whole new audience. That page shows you just about everything we've written on the 2011 Mustang from our "Big Three" destinations--TheCarConnection, MotorAuthority and GreenCarReports--as well as posts from other growing sites in our community, from MustangBlog to SportsCarMonitor to AllSmallCars.

Set your Google Alerts now: in two weeks, we'll bring you the first drive of the 2011 Ford Mustang both here at TheCarConnection and at MotorAuthority as well. We'll post our review of the reborn 5.0 Mustang, live from Los Angeles at 12:01 a.m., Monday, March 29th. Then in April, we'll bring it all home with a wrap-up on the day the Mustang was born, April 17.

While you wait, you know the drill--you'll find a comprehensive set of Ford Mustang research and shopping tools right here at TheCarConnection:

So...are you ready to turn back time? Turn to the next page:


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  1. Who would have thought a Mustang would still be so popular in the great age of the Prius.
     
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  2. wow you really missed alot of the recent high points for the mustang. six speed gear boxes standard in the new models for starters, but also the 390hp 2003 cobra as well as the 500hp 2007 Shelby GT500 and the 540hp GT500KR. also worth mentioning the 2009 Iaccoca mustang
     
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  3. The Mustang is the only pony/Musclecar that is still original..Chevy,Dodge just now bringing back the Camaro/Challenger after a few years I don't think that they will be around a lot longer (depends on sales my own opinion of course)Due to GM,and Chrysler in the shape that they are in..Mustang Long live the Legacy....
     
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  4. The Mustang is great but I'm also surpised at how popular at is.
     
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