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Ford Mustang is still cool after all these years
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Posted on 12/16/2009 10:39:01 AM PST by JoeProBono

Now 45 years old and revamped for 2010 with new styling and more powerful V-8, the "pony car" that debuted in 1964 is strikingly muscular, more energetic than before and thoroughly cool for a modern buyer.

You dont even have to pretend to be Steve McQueen, the lead actor in the 1968 film "Bullitt" who famously drove a Mustang in one of Hollywoods best chase scenes, to enjoy the new Mustangs unique persona.

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TOPICS: Miscellaneous; Travel
KEYWORDS: automakers; bullitt; ford; fordmotor; jpb; mustang; mustangs; stevemcqueen
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This photo released by Ford shows the 2010 Mustang GT, (AP Photo /Ford Motor Co.,Sam VarnHagen)


1 posted on 12/16/2009 10:39:01 AM PST by JoeProBono
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To: JoeProBono
I wouldn't want one myself, but I like seeing them tooling around.

1968 all over again.

2 posted on 12/16/2009 10:41:28 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Islam is a religion of peace, and Muslims reserve the right to kill anyone who says otherwise.)
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To: JoeProBono
I'd rather have:
Nice cars. Both.
3 posted on 12/16/2009 10:41:36 AM PST by GeronL (Join the Palin Beer Summit Putsch!!)
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To: JoeProBono

4 posted on 12/16/2009 10:42:36 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: GeronL
Actually I wanted this one:
5 posted on 12/16/2009 10:42:48 AM PST by GeronL (Join the Palin Beer Summit Putsch!!)
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To: JoeProBono

I like Ford, I like the Mustang albeit it’s totally impractical for most people, but it’s funny that the car companies latest hot-rod offerings are made to look like their cars from 45 years ago.

Then again I ‘m done with driving cars - I am an SUV driver and if anything, I’ll be getting bigger and bigger ones in the future.


6 posted on 12/16/2009 10:43:25 AM PST by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: JoeProBono
Nice car for going fast in a straight line.

Don't try cornering in this vehicle.

7 posted on 12/16/2009 10:45:46 AM PST by AreaMan
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To: Secret Agent Man
...it’s funny that the car companies latest hot-rod offerings are made to look like their cars from 45 years ago.

That's because the guys that can afford them were teenagers 45 years ago. ;)

8 posted on 12/16/2009 10:47:11 AM PST by Mr.Unique (Global Emergency!)
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To: JoeProBono

Enjoy the Mustang while it lasts. After Gore gets his way the Mustang will be effectively outlawed.


9 posted on 12/16/2009 10:48:05 AM PST by C19fan
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To: JoeProBono

It is “again” cool, not “still” cool.
Remember the Mustang II and the early 1980s Mustang “revival”?

Not very fond of any of the 1990s designs as well, so I’d say the Mustang is cool AGAIN.


10 posted on 12/16/2009 10:48:37 AM PST by SJSAMPLE
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To: JoeProBono

Is Ford going to screw it up again, like it did in the ‘70s? A Mustang has to have angles!


11 posted on 12/16/2009 10:49:22 AM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: JoeProBono
I love mine:
12 posted on 12/16/2009 10:50:45 AM PST by cranked
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To: C19fan

Actually, Ford has a V6 that gets 305 HP, and 30 MPG Highway. It’s the Eco-Boost V6. It’ll be standard in the 2011 Mustangs, I believe.

http://www.autoblog.com/2009/06/16/report-2011-ford-mustang-to-finally-get-new-3-7-liter-dohc-v6/


13 posted on 12/16/2009 10:51:07 AM PST by Ro_Thunder ("Other than ending SLAVERY, FASCISM, NAZISM and COMMUNISM, war has never solved anything")
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To: All
Love the Mustang... have since I was a little bitty boy... here's my 09, it is my toy! yes...I know, I'm an evil conservative with multiple v8 powered vehicles.... I love it! it's like a Full Size Revell Model Kit. Photobucket It's my first Ford in 20 years, bought it because they are the only US car company not owned by ZERObama (and that is actually worth a damn)!
14 posted on 12/16/2009 10:51:07 AM PST by TV Dinners (Hope is not a Strategy)
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To: JoeProBono

Whenever list the greatest American cars of all time the Mustang has got to be on the list.


15 posted on 12/16/2009 10:51:26 AM PST by dog breath
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To: SJSAMPLE
I was thinking the same thing. Remember this bad boy...
16 posted on 12/16/2009 10:53:21 AM PST by mowowie
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To: cranked

What model is that one - the roofline appears different than others I have seen?


17 posted on 12/16/2009 10:56:20 AM PST by newfreep ("Liberalism is just Communism sold by the drink." - P.J. O'Rourke)
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To: mowowie

Is that a Pinto with a Mustang logo?


18 posted on 12/16/2009 10:59:26 AM PST by The Louiswu (||||| | | |||||| |||| |||||||||| | | | | ||||||||||||| | |||||||||||||| - really? - no kidding!)
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To: JoeProBono
You remind me of Steve McQueen ...sans le aeroplane. A 'tang would suit you.


19 posted on 12/16/2009 11:00:24 AM PST by Daffynition (What's all this about hellfire and Dalmatians?)
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To: AreaMan
Don't try cornering in this vehicle.

Nonsense. My '09 slalums up winding mountain canyons nicely and sticks to the road well.

20 posted on 12/16/2009 11:00:24 AM PST by MileHi ( "It's coming down to patriots vs the politicians." - ovrtaxt)
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To: newfreep

2003-2004 Ford Mustang SVT Cobra aka: “Terminator”


21 posted on 12/16/2009 11:00:37 AM PST by cranked
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To: AreaMan

“Nice car for going fast in a straight line. Don’t try cornering in this vehicle.”

I didn’t know Jeremy Clarkson was a Freeper?


22 posted on 12/16/2009 11:01:26 AM PST by Hacklehead (Liberalism is the art of taking what works, breaking it, and then blaming conservatives.)
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To: TV Dinners

Competition Orange?
If so, those are quite rare. Nice.


23 posted on 12/16/2009 11:02:23 AM PST by cranked
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To: cranked

ford calls it ‘grabber orange’
and yes.. It’s not your everyday color. That’s for sure!


24 posted on 12/16/2009 11:04:13 AM PST by TV Dinners (Hope is not a Strategy)
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To: JoeProBono

My dad had a ‘67 Candy apple red fast back....ohhhhh yeahhhh.


25 posted on 12/16/2009 11:05:58 AM PST by Catholic Canadian ( I love Stephen Harper!)
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To: JoeProBono

The retros are really neat but the original is still a fabulous looking car. There is a restored 1964 1/2 Mustang which drives around town when the weather is nice and I can’t take my eyes off it when I see it. After all these years, the original ponycar look has aged very well.


26 posted on 12/16/2009 11:09:57 AM PST by CommerceComet
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To: AreaMan

whatever...
I autoX mine every chance I get
Love watching the jaws drop on the pretentious bimmer owners when I best their times...
Mustangs are not all about going straight.

http://www.caranddriver.com/reviews/car/09q2/2010_ford_mustang_gt-short_take_road_test

http://www.fordracing.com/mustangchallenge/


27 posted on 12/16/2009 11:13:44 AM PST by TV Dinners (Hope is not a Strategy)
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To: JoeProBono

That looks an awful lot like the 1967.

We have a 1964 1/2 convertible that my husband is restoring. It’s actually the second one. The first one was when we were young with a houseful of little kids, and really couldn’t afford it, so he sold it.

But he’s having a ton of fun with this one. Our grown kids and friends love to borrow it and drive it around when the weather is good.


28 posted on 12/16/2009 11:13:44 AM PST by lady lawyer
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To: The Louiswu

I’m pretty sure the Mustang was built on the Pinto platform for a while.

Don’t know the answer to your question though.


29 posted on 12/16/2009 11:15:51 AM PST by mowowie
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To: cranked

I have one too and love it!


30 posted on 12/16/2009 11:18:32 AM PST by DarthVader (Liberalism is the politics of EVIL whose time of judgment has come.)
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To: mowowie

That picture is the automotive equivalent of Helen Thomas.


31 posted on 12/16/2009 11:23:31 AM PST by Disambiguator
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To: DarthVader; cranked

Love my red mustang as well!


32 posted on 12/16/2009 11:30:15 AM PST by KC_Conspirator
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To: KC_Conspirator

Is yours a Cobra too?


33 posted on 12/16/2009 11:39:49 AM PST by DarthVader (Liberalism is the politics of EVIL whose time of judgment has come.)
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To: JoeProBono
Why don't car companies put out a line of "classics". They would look just like the cars we all love - but would have a new engines, better paint ( same original colors ) and modern on board computers...

I'd buy one...

34 posted on 12/16/2009 11:45:43 AM PST by GOPJ (Journalists as BaghdadBobLite - Global Warming Scientists as ElmerGantry - what's happening?)
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To: JoeProBono
I love my Pony.



It is a 1989 5.0 with only 82K miles.

I have done suspension work, intake, heads, headers, gears, transmission upgrades, custom interior and more.

It is like driving a V8 Go Kart!

Cheers,

knewshound

http://www.knewshound.blogspot.com/
35 posted on 12/16/2009 11:50:29 AM PST by knews_hound (Credo Quia Absurdium--take nothing seriously unless it is absurd. E. Clampus Vitus)
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To: mowowie
just remember 20 years ago, this was almost the next Mustang


36 posted on 12/16/2009 11:55:00 AM PST by 09Patriot (You can take your change on down the road and leave me here with mine)
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To: The Louiswu; mowowie
That is the fastback/hatchback Mustang II and it has a longer wheelbase than the Pinto. The front suspension is isolated from the chassis which also gives it a smoother ride. The notchback version really was ugly.

The hatchbacks made nice drag cars.


37 posted on 12/16/2009 12:07:27 PM PST by BubbaBasher ("Liberty will not long survive the total extinction of morals" - Sam Adams)
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To: mowowie

The “Mustang 2” was a slightly restyled Pinto with the really crappy 2.3l 4 or the 2.8l v6 (the 302 came later and made about 130 hp) , many people within Ford wanted to do the 1974 mustang on the Maverick platform , very similar in dimensions to a 68ish Mustang, and a low cost car..


38 posted on 12/16/2009 12:34:26 PM PST by Neidermeyer
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

I’m a Chevy man, but Mustangs are cool


39 posted on 12/16/2009 12:41:15 PM PST by rightbrained
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To: TV Dinners; Hacklehead
Tech: Does The Mustang Need An Independent Rear Suspension?

Hey, I don't pretend to be an expert but at least there is a debate on this topic. I think Ford, if possible, should offer it as an option.

But kudos for smoking the euro-trash Bimmers.

40 posted on 12/16/2009 12:44:54 PM PST by AreaMan
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To: Hacklehead
I didn’t know Jeremy Clarkson was a Freeper?

I resent being compared to that pretentious tea-drinking inbred.

But, since those guys seem obsessed with going around corners really fast....it isn't a surprise they didn't like the Mustang.
Usually in the eyes of the Euro-Trash if it's American it must be crap.

41 posted on 12/16/2009 12:51:22 PM PST by AreaMan
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To: AreaMan

“I resent being compared to that pretentious tea-drinking inbred.”

LOL. No offense intended. You have to admit that your comment was the same as what Clarkson has been saying about every American car for the last 20 years. Despite Clarkson’s anti american attitude, Top Gear is one of my favorite shows.


42 posted on 12/16/2009 1:39:07 PM PST by Hacklehead (Liberalism is the art of taking what works, breaking it, and then blaming conservatives.)
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To: SJSAMPLE
Remember the Mustang II and the early 1980s Mustang “revival”?

Unfortunately... it gave me a new appreciation of the Sunbeam Alpine GT.

43 posted on 12/16/2009 1:43:10 PM PST by Tijeras_Slim (Live jubtabulously!)
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To: Hacklehead

Actually I agree, Top Gear is fun to watch.


44 posted on 12/16/2009 1:44:22 PM PST by AreaMan
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To: Hacklehead

I loved it when they put the 500 on the dyno, and the little guy took a black sharpie and crossed out 500 and marked 489 over the white lettering.

Clarkson did pick the ZR1 as his car of the year, despite loathing Corvettes in general.

And their trip to the Salt Flats with the ZR1, CTS-V and the Dodge SR8 was amazing. They loved ALL the cars, which was quite amazing.

Great show and some of the most entertaining stuff on TV.


45 posted on 12/16/2009 1:47:15 PM PST by SJSAMPLE
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To: JoeProBono

The 2010 looks like a Camaro IMHO. Or visa versa.


46 posted on 12/16/2009 1:51:31 PM PST by goseminoles
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To: dog breath

“Whenever list the greatest American cars of all time the Mustang has got to be on the list.”

Indeed. When my husband came back from Viet Nam, he bought a 64 1/2 fastback...baby blue with black pin stripes and spinner wheels.(Though there is controversy over the fastback being produced in 65 not 64) Mercy, it was hot! We decided to sell it for a station wagon and have another baby....shoulda kept the car!! lol


47 posted on 12/16/2009 1:55:46 PM PST by AuntB (If Al Qaeda grew drugs & burned our forests instead of armed Mexican Cartels would anyone notice?)
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To: Daffynition

48 posted on 12/16/2009 2:05:09 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: JoeProBono; devolve; ntnychik; PhilDragoo; MeekOneGOP; bitt; Daffynition; All

Some beautiful restored Classics to enjoy;

http://www.59ford.com/carfriends/themountaintop.html


49 posted on 12/16/2009 2:11:26 PM PST by potlatch (ACTIONS - Speak Louder Than Words)
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To: SJSAMPLE
And their trip to the Salt Flats with the ZR1, CTS-V and the Dodge SR8 was amazing. They loved ALL the cars, which was quite amazing.

At the end of the show he said America had made three great (or words to that effect) cars.

I suspect these words were uttered under duress. Maybe the State Dept wouldn't give them back their passports until they saw a final cut of the program.

They really don't like American cars.

50 posted on 12/16/2009 2:45:03 PM PST by AreaMan
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