Very few cars have survived as long, or as strongly as the Ford Mustang. The original ponycar has had a long, successful history and provided Ford with a few dollars of profit as well. The Mustang has spent most of its life on top of the game, but challenges to the throne abound. The Challenger, Camaro, and a gaggle of imports offer up fine opportunity for some serious competition. Of course we all know that competition improves the breed.
The Mustang is coming up on 50 years young next year. Few new-car launches have gathered as much fanfare as the anticipated 2015 Mustang. Spy photos and rumors about the all-new platform have almost taken over some car websites. Some of those sites feature 3D renderings based on tidbits of the car you can see. There is a You Tube channel dedicated to the April 17,2014 anniversary date. Ford has opted to make the first 1000 2014 Mustangs a limited-edition model - called the 2014 1/2 model, of course.
Sadly, there are rumors that Ford will drop the Shelby name from the lineup and replace it with the SVT badge (the last 2014 662-horsepower Shelby GT500 recently sold at charity auction for $500,000). The styling of the 2015 model has also been hotly debated. Purists want the body and lines to reflect the heritage of the car, as well as its place in history. Others want a decidedly modern, European look reminiscent of the Ford Evos concept car.
However the car turns out - it is currently being track-tested while shrouded in covers and fake body cladding - it will be sure to stir emotions. Musclecars always tend to bring out strong feelings, so look to this as the next chapter in the Mustang-Camaro-Challenger fight. To the winner go the spoils.