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. â€śWhen Mustang was approved for development more than 50 years ago, I donâ€™t think anyone imagined it would spawn such a dedicated base of fans around the world and still be in production today,â€ť said Bill Ford, executive chairman, Ford Motor Company. â€śWe are thrilled to be here in New York â€“ where Mustang was first shown to the public at the 1964 Worldâ€™s Fair â€“ to re-create that historic event for todayâ€™s Mustang enthusiasts.â€ť
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. â€śThe new Mustang blends a muscular, contemporary shape with design cues that define it as quintessentially Mustang,â€ť said Moray Callum, Ford vice president of design. â€śThe 50 Year Limited Edition adds details that set it apart from other Mustangs, while hearkening back to the 1965 original.â€ť
â€śChrome 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,â€ť said Callum. â€śThe darker Kona Blue provides a particularly striking contrast against the chrome.â€ť
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.
â€śMustang 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 â€“ the GT fastback with the performance pack,â€ť said Dave Pericak, Mustang chief engineer. â€śWhile 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.â€ť
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 ownerâ€™s guide in a leather portfolio with the 50 Year badge on the outside.
â€śWe wanted to provide our most dedicated fans with the emotion of the original Mustang in a 21st century car,â€ť said Ford. â€śWith this 50 Year Limited Edition, I believe we have accomplished our goal.â€ť