At CJ Pony Parts, we have been busy getting ready to celebrate with thousands of other Mustang owners at MCA's big celebrations in Las Vegas and Charlotte this week. Despite that, we took a few moments to reflect upon the last 50 years of the Mustang and what that's meant to us and Mustang owners alike.
Our conclusion: There's really nothing like the Ford Mustang. We've loved the last 50 years of the Mustang and can't wait to see what's in store for the next 50.
One of the things we were looking forward to - the Limited Edition 50th Anniversary Mustang - was announced yesterday, and a few members of the CJ Pony Parts team were in New York City to get all the details!
The Limited Edition 50th Anniversary Mustang is based on the design of the recently revealed 2015 Mustang and is only available with the GT Performance Package. That promises outstanding performance from the estimated 420 horsepower and 390 ft./lb. of torque available with the Coyote 5.0L V8 that's standard in that trim. Beyond that, Ford has crafted a unique design that sets the Limited Edition 50th Anniversary Mustang apart from any other Mustang on the road, yet hearkening back to the original 1964.5 version.
To start, only two colors are available on the Limited Edition 50th Anniversary Mustang, Kona Blue and Wimbledon White, which is just like the original serial number 0001 that was first sold in April 1964. Both colors are exclusive to the Limited Edition 50th Anniversary Mustang.
Back in the 1960s, chrome was much more common than it is today, so Ford added some chrome accents to the Limited Edition 50th Anniversary Mustang to give it that retro feel. These include some highlights around the grille, side glass and taillights. The Limited Edition 50th Anniversary Mustang is also the only one with rear quarter panel louvers installed from the factory, featuring a production process unique to this model. Ford also resurrected the faux gas cap for the 50th anniversary edition, and it shows the GT logo with '50 Years' beneath it. The wheels are also inspired by the original chrome wheels on the Mustang, and feature a unique Y-spoke design.
On the inside, Ford has continued the theme and made the Limited Edition 50th Anniversary Mustang something totally different than any other Mustang ever built. This begins with the axel spin finish on the aluminum trim and special 50 Year Limited Edition badging and continues with the cashmere-stitched, leather wrapped steering wheel. This unique stitching is used throughout the cabin, including the two-tone cashmere and black leather upholstery with the 50 Year logo on the seat backs.
Besides the color, the only other choice buyers have is manual or automatic. It's worth noting that this is the only GT Performance Package Mustang that's available with an auto, as all other 2015 models are required to have the manual.
They'll be available in the fall, right before production commences on the official 2015 model year Mustangs. If you're interested, though, don't mess around - only 1,964 are going to be produced!
Back in 1964, when the Mustang was first launched, Ford cut up a 1964.5 model and took it to the roof of the Empire State Building for display. To commemorate the 50th birthday and the launch of the new 2015 model, Ford did it again and put a Triple Yellow convertible up there. The display is available on the roof of the Empire State Building on April 16 & 17.
On our visit to New York City for the unveiling of the Limited Edition 50th Anniversary Mustang, our team took a trip over to the Empire State Building to check it out and take a few photos. While it was cold and windy, it was definitely a sight to see!