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1963 Mustang II concept - 45 Years Of Mustang Magic
The Mustang Celebrates More Than Four Decades Of Continuous Production
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At the beginning of our trek, the car had a total of 51 miles on the clock (making the aforementioned mishap with the errant glob of rubber gave even greater umbrage). Ford kindly asked that we take it easy the first few hundred miles to allow for a proper break-in period. Abiding by its wishes was not difficult, as, even though the great state of Ohio has many smooth, flat roads on which to allow a spirited run, the law enforcement end is a bit stringent on not allowing performance-intended cars like Mustangs to stretch their proverbial legs. Therefore, we lumbered along. Neither FoMoCo nor Buckeye's finest needed to worry.
As if to be a favorable omen, we encountered three test Mustangs making their way south toward I-94 only a couple miles from our starting point at the grounds of Ford WHQ. The two GTs and Shelby GT 500 had larger tailpipes and other additions that made them certainly differ from normal production. No matter how many times we see things like this in the Detroit area, it's always a cool sight, as you begin wondering just what else is different that you're not seeing.
Our '10 featured the step up packaging in the Premium format. Lighted sills, part of the ambient lighting group, greeted all at dusk and the Sirius satellite radio always kept any boredom at bay. A five-speed, seldom seen in these parts of the country mounted to six-banger Mustangs, peeked through the console and was certainly a welcome sight.
Mountainous terrain and a factory-fresh vehicle undoubtedly muddied the overall mileage variable here; we gleaned just under 28 mpg overall for each main leg. We're confident those numbers could be bettered on the flatlands of America with a carefully seasoned motor. We also encountered eight hours worth of rain on the return run, further hampering better numbers.
With 12 hours and almost 750 miles one way from Dearborn, we were not fatigued one bit. Seating is firm yet comfortable. A center dash power port easily held an iPod, if the need was felt, and in-console plugs provided inputs for any other technological appendages (yes, GPS units are wonderful things).
Power could be notched up a bit here, something Ford seems headed for with the EcoBoost powertrains set to appear in the near future in many vehicles. A minimum of 250 hp would surely be received with open arms of the standard-guise, non-GT Mustang buyer.
Overall, Ford's designers had a tough act to follow with the wild success of the current generation. The '10 is a well-balanced statement that proves that, while there might now be competition in the Pony car field, Mustang defined the segment and remains the car to which everyone can relate. Want more proof? We talked to people at the 45th Anniversary who hailed from Belgium, France, Aruba, Brazil, Mexico, Germany, and Slovakia. The car for everyone is as true today as it was four-and-a-half decades ago.Chris Richardson