Skip to comments.My Little Pony, 50 Years Later
Posted on 04/08/2014 4:27:41 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
When the Ford Mustang was introduced 50 years ago this month, it was first to break from the gate in a market class that would come to be known as pony cars.
With a long hood and a short rear deck proportions carried forward by the Chevrolet Camaro, Plymouth Barracuda and many others the Mustang looked ready to bolt. And bolt it did, as 22,000 wowed Americans placed orders for the car on April 17, according to Ford, the official first day of sales.
Naming the car for a horse proved to be a stroke of marketing genius. Not just any horse, mind you (a car named Clydesdale might never have been so popular) but one that conjured images of rugged wild horses roaming the American West: The drama that imagery invoked was supported by the cars fresh style and a galloping steed front and center in the grille.
Underneath, the Mustang was essentially Fords Falcon, a solid compact that was available with V8 power and a 4-speed manual transmission. Those underpinnings were enough to get the pony car sales competition off to a fast start.
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never a pony guy....mostly a muscle car guy. Mopar. I had a 67 Plymouth Satellite I bought new in fall off 66. It was my Richard Petty car. I should never have sold it.
for any interested I have a VERY rough 67 Mustang under a tarp in my back yard, with title. $1000 takes her.(did I mention it was ROUGH)
my latest project car is a 71 cutlass supreme 350cuin. it has less than 6000 original miles.(this is the wifes grandfathers car...it is NOT for sale but a trade for a cherry 67 satellite is possible)
and my oldest boy just bought a 77 Dodge aspen 318 that is being seen this year in the show ‘The Americans’. the guy who rents them to the studio decided to sell this one....
My dad bought one in ‘66. My mother was embarrassed. He claimed he bought it after the ‘67’s came out and they gave him a truly great deal. It was white with red interior
I had a colleague that bought a Mustang convertible ‘65 I think....... with A/C that cost extra. It was white with red interior.
I always wondered why would you buy a convertible and air conditioning?
I bought a VW and a used TR 4
I went for the sleeper, 69 Scrambler painted plain white.
My very first car was a VW bug. I didn’t know how to drive a stick but bought it anyway. My brother taught me to drive it. He had to drive it home for me. I was 19. I then bought a brand new Camaro. It was the coolest car ever. Silver with a black vinyl top. I eventually bought two more Camaros.
Can’t remember the engine size but it was fast. Never got a speeding ticket, though. My brother got it up to 112. We were crazy. LOL
“Mr. Glazier traded in his 54 Corvette...
Mr. Glaziers Mustang is a Rangoon Red coupe with a 260-cubic-inch V8 and 3-speed manual transmission. He drove it for 15 years, stored it for 26 years and did a complete restoration in 2006.
So was this a smart decision? Given that both had been maintained, which would probably bring a higher price at auction?
I would have loved to have a Corvette. IMHO, they are the coolest cars ever. I rode in one once. It was awesome. I still stare at them when I see them on the road. Mostly old guys driving them. LOL A dream come true, I guess.
Funny, I was not impressed with my ride in a ‘vette. But my 5th grade teacher drove a candy-apple blue mustang, and we all thought she was the coolest thing ever.
I’ve had 26 cars over the course of my life (53 now) ranging from absolute junk to some very nice wheels.
My favorite of all of them is a tie between two:
1967 Mustang GT 390 (OMG!) and 1971 Mustang Mach One (351 Cleveland, worked)
The 390 was a beast. That motor was unbelievably powerful for that light car. Miss it.
The Mach One was heavier, and very fast as well, but the 390 was a killer.
Also had a 1968 Mustang GT which I never got on the road, and parted out when the kids were born.
My FIRST car (after I wrecked the family Plymouth Valiant) was a 1969 Chevelle SS convertible, with 396 in it.
Miss the muscle car days.
But - that being said - I love what Dodge did with the Challenger and Charger, and the new retro Mustangs are beautiful.
Wide trackin’, Pontiacin’, FIREbirdin’, here.
Oh! I thought this was a thread about John Edwards.
Funny how we can get so attached to cars. And how we change after we have kids. I remember after mine were born sitting at a red light and admiring a station wagon. LOL I remember thinking “what is wrong with me???”
My best friend had a Firebird and I had the Camaro. The good old days when gas mileage was the last thing on our minds.
I didn't know about that trick until a 'maro beat me off the line.
I’m just happy that this isn’t another “Brony” thread.
My boyfriend at the time actually raced my car a couple of times. I think he liked my car more than he liked me.
Mustangs are very cool! I had an old 69 once and currently own an 02 with a 3.8 V6. I love the Stang, a classic American car!
Thanks, very nice article to read with my morning coffee!
thought this might be a middle-aged Bronies ping...
I do remember the 1964 1/2 Mustang though. A friend bought one of the base models. $2500.00 out the door. In-line 6, three speed transmission with a floor shift, AM push-button radio, no power steering or brakes, no air conditioning, damn little chrome and single stage paint that oxidized badly before he traded in on a Chevelle, if memory serves. That said, I wonder what that little bird disguised as a horse would be worth today.
Had just about everything over the years except a truck.
4 cyl to 8 cyl, autos and sticks. Several cycles.
The most liked
1970 Chevelle SS 350
2008 Honda 1300 VTX Tourer.
Growing up my dad went through three Mustangs; a’66, a ‘67 (both light yellow in color), and a dark blue metallic ‘68 with a white interior. He went through a phase I guess where he always needed/wanted the newest Mustang. Fun and great looking cars. Great memories.
When I was in my 20’s I managed to buy my first new car. It was a white ‘93 LX Mustang, 5.0 5-sp. Bitchin car. I put BBK lowering springs on it, bought wider Goodyears for the rear, added BBK headers and a Magnaflow cat-back exhaust. It was fun as hell and sounded bitchin.
Always been a car guy. For the most part I’ve liked the Mustangs over the years and with the recent retro theme cars (Mustangs, Challengers, Camaros) I do like the new Mustangs. However, the Challenger just does it for me!
In 2005 I switched to Dodge. Bought the wife a black RT Magnum Hemi. She now drives a Jazz Blue ‘13 RT Charger. Bitchin car (376 hp that gets 27 mpg!) Me, I have a Plum Crazy ‘10 Challenger RT 6-speed. Love muscle cars - old and new!
I always wanted a ‘67 fastback - like Steve McQueen drove in “Bullitt”. I came close once but couldn’t swing the financing. I did have a ‘67 coupe....for three days before it was stolen and stripped.
After that I figured it was some kinda karma thing and stuck to Chevy’s ;’)
I thought it would bring back a lot of memories for us old folks.
Thats an awful slow pony...more like 4 seconds ;)
I was a truck guy. Big ford F trucks in the mud and the desert alike...with lots of cubic inches. I miss those days.
Ah my misspent youth...
My first car was a 68 Mustang coupe, 289four speed. I now have a 2001SVT Cobra. I love the Mustang.
You wrote that article?
Yup. Several years worth of’em ;)
love the new challenger....
the charger should have been 2 door and be a retro, so I am not crazy about it...but I did like the magnum station wagon.
my wife has one of the first years of the retro mustangs(06)with v6, it has balls for a 6. the 2015 mustang concepts are real nice looking....
there is talk of a new Barracuda from Chrysler. there are some concept cars suppose to be the new barracuda...what I would do is retro the 67-70 cuda body style....
I still ride my 2003 VTX1800C every day.
Bought it used from a guy in 2008--with only 6500 miles on it.
He still married me.
About the time my High School class members and I were getting our drivers licenses, all of the ‘60’s muscle cars were 4 or 5 years old, and affordable! I never had a muscle car (my ‘61 Chevy Belair only had a 6 cylinder), but many of my friends did.
My brother-in-law still has a 1967 Camaro that was a father-son restoration project. Love that car, always liked the ‘60’s Camaros the best.
I still remember “The Easter Egg Mustangs”. I thought the Mach 1 looked futuristic.
My son and I are working on the 66 coupe that he bought for $250.00 in 1980 while he was in H.S. We have put a 4.6 four cam 32 valve aluminum engine from an 03 Mach 1 in the car. We also put in the 5 speed trans from the 03 and the black leather seats. We also designed a fiberglass hood that has the shaker set up. The car is the original gold color and will have a black stripe when completed. All that stops it from being finished is money.
I now drive an 03 Mach 1. Great car except in winter. It hates snow.
Why celebrate the Mustang, the first actual “Pony car” was the 1962 Studebaker Avanti, long hood, short deck, bucket seats, 289 V-8 like the Mustang, but could be ordered with a supercharger. Studebaker was far ahead of its time! A far more beautiful design IMHO.
what’s this my little pony crap, i’m 77 and never heard of it!
When people ask me, “What was your first car?” I tell them it was a white 1983 ‘vette. It’s true.....but it was a Chevette, not Corvette.
I agree. But I can’t afford an Avanti. I knew a guy with a supercharged R3 Avanti that consistently beat Vettes on the street. He never put it on the drag strip so I don’t know how it would have matched up in legal races.
“...the charger should have been 2 door and be a retro,...”
Agree... but if you look close enough, you can “sort of” see the retro lines coming back. I’ll go out on a limb and say in three or four years, it will look more like the old 1968-1970 body series... Maybe...
“...v6, it has balls for a 6...”
Yeah, we’re a LONG way from the old 230 cu in 6 cyls... they can out some decent horsepower now.
“...talk of a new Barracuda from Chrysler...”
Well, they already have the Challenger body style, which Plymouth used for the Hemi Cuda back in the day. But yeah, the 67-70 series Cudas were a sweet body style.
I like the old AMC Javelins too.
“Miss the muscle car days.”
Why? They can’t hold a candle to today’s muscle cars.
Even a stock Mustang GT will blow the doors off of most of them and the handling is NO comparison.
“...Why? They cant hold a candle to todays muscle cars....”
Because back in the day:
I paid 350 bucks for a 69 SS Chevelle; (in 1977)
325 bucks for my 1967 Mustang GT 390; (in 1979)
700 for my 1971 Mach One (in 1980)
250 bucks for my 1968 Fairlane (in 1984)
Today’s cars can’t hold a candle to those prices; and I could work on anyone of them, with aftermarket OR OEM parts that were cheap and easy to install.
Now? Not so much
The years you mentioned were NOT the muscle car days.
They were for me, because that’s when I was able to afford them.