Ford Mustang 50 Year Limited Edition at 2014 NYIAS, 1,964 units to be sold
Ford Mustang 50 Year Limited Edition celebrates 5 decades of Mustang heritage with only 1,964 units to go on sale this fall. “When Mustang was approved for development more than 50 years ago, I don’t think anyone imagined it would spawn such a dedicated base of fans around the world and still be in production today,” said Bill Ford, executive chairman, Ford Motor Company. “We are thrilled to be here in New York – where Mustang was first shown to the public at the 1964 World’s Fair – to re-create that historic event for today’s Mustang enthusiasts.”
Based on the all-new 2015 Mustang GT fastback with performance pack, the 50 Year Limited Edition is available in 2 exclusive colours, Wimbledon White (Mustang serial No. 0001 first sold to Capt. Stanley Tucker in April 1964) and Kona Blue. The limited edition is available as a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. “The new Mustang blends a muscular, contemporary shape with design cues that define it as quintessentially Mustang,” said Moray Callum, Ford vice president of design. “The 50 Year Limited Edition adds details that set it apart from other Mustangs, while hearkening back to the 1965 original.”
“Chrome trim was much more prevalent on cars in the 1960s than it is today, so we added some discreet highlights for the grille, side glass and tri-bar taillamps,” said Callum. “The darker Kona Blue provides a particularly striking contrast against the chrome.”
Chrome bezels around the base of of the 3 taillamp blades take inspiration from the original 1962 design proposal by Gale Halderman. All 3 individual lamps on each side of the design were combined as a single tri-bar lamp cluster for production in 1964. Mustang 50 Year Limited Edition will wear a large faux gas cap badge on the rear fascia, with 50 Years added to the GT badge, and the original concept lamps are in use alongwith louvered rear quarter-windows.The new windows comprise of layered sheets of glass via a construction technique developed for this car.
The aluminum trim panel across double-brow instrument panel gets an axel spin finish alongwith a special serialized 50 Year Limited Edition badge on the passenger side. Each badge will be etched at the Flat Rock Assembly Plant where Mustang is built. Fitted with a cashmere-stitched, leather-wrapped steering wheel, the stitching is a recurrence on the instrument panel, shifter boot, centre armrest, door inserts and seats. Seats feature exclusive two-tone cashmere and black leather upholstery with a Mustang 50 Year logo on seatbacks. The special cars will have loop-carpet floor mats with cashmere stitching and suede binding.
“Mustang fans love to drive their cars, even the rarer examples of the breed, so we built this limited-edition from the best-performing 2015 Mustang available – the GT fastback with the performance pack,” said Dave Pericak, Mustang chief engineer. “While some collectors will undoubtedly stash this car away in a museum, those who choose to hit the open road will get a world-class sports car that can run with the best.”
Power comes from a 5.0-litre V8 engine that delivers more than 420 horsepower max power and max torque of 390 lb.-ft. 50 Year Limited Edition vehicles will be equipped with Mustang GT performance pack, which includes 6 piston Brembo front brakes and 19-inch alloy wheels with high-performance Y-speed-rated Pirelli P-Zero summer tires. The Y-spoke design is inspired by chromed steel wheels the original Mustang wire 50 years ago. Front wheels are 9.0 inches wide with 255/40R tires, while rear wheels are 9.5 inches wide with 275/40R tires.
Ford Mustang 50 Year Limited Edition is the only 2015 Mustang available with a combination of AT and the performance pack. Equipped with six-speed automatic transmission, it gets a limited-slip rear differential with a 3.55:1 final-drive. Those who buy the 6 speed manual will get a Torsen differential with a 3.73:1 final-drive ratio. The 1,964 50 Year Limited Edition Mustangs will get a unique owner’s guide in a leather portfolio with the 50 Year badge on the outside.
“We wanted to provide our most dedicated fans with the emotion of the original Mustang in a 21st century car,” said Ford. “With this 50 Year Limited Edition, I believe we have accomplished our goal.”