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Edison Ford celebrates 50 years of Ford Mustang (Photos)

2015 Ford Mustang
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On April 19, 2014, the Edison & Ford Winter Estates stated that their staff has been making plans for a huge 50 year celebration of Ford Mustang. One of those plans is to alert everyone of the party so that they can join in on the fun. Their celebration party will be held today (Saturday, April 19) at the Estates in Fort Myers, Fla.

More than 80 Ford Mustangs will be at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates property over part of Easter weekend from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Car owners will be on hand to visit with guests and answer questions. Admission details can be seen at their website, and the fun day includes an audio tour as well as admission to the homes, gardens, lab and museum.

In addition to the Mustang celebration, other special programs during the day will include "Henry and Clara Ford" leading informal tours throughout the event, food will be available for purchase by Texas Tony’s BBQ, (served on the Ford Cottage Terrace), a live DJ will help make the event more festive, plus additional Mustangs will be provided by Sam Galloway Ford.

Background on the celebrated automobile as told by Edison Ford:

"The Ford Mustang debuted in 1964 and immediately became a success during a time that Henry Ford’s grandson, Henry Ford II, was Chairman/CEO of the Ford Motor Company. In just two years, over one million Mustangs were sold helping to create the “pony car” class of American automobiles. When introduced, the unusual styling of the Mustang, similar to cutting edge European vehicles, appealed to car enthusiasts. Multiple body styles and various price points broadened the appeal.

An appearance in the 1964 Bond film Goldfinger further popularized the vehicle. During the last 50 years over nine million Mustangs have been sold. A portion of the proceeds from the Mustang celebration will benefit the restoration of the antique car collection of the Edison & Ford Winter Estates."

During "normal" days, the Edison Ford is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and it is the winner of the 2009 National Stewardship Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation. In addition, thanks goes to three of the men responsible for all this - Henry Ford, Harvey Firestone and Thomas Edison!


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Henry Ford in 1919
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Henry Ford in 1919

Henry Ford was an American industrialist, the founder of the Ford Motor Company, and sponsor of the development of the assembly line technique of mass production.

Although Ford did not invent the automobile or the assembly line, he developed and manufactured the first automobile that many middle class Americans could afford. - Wiki

Harvey Firestone in 1915
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Harvey Firestone in 1915

was an American businessman, and the founder of the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company, one of the first global makers of automobile tires.

Firestone, Henry Ford, and Thomas Edison were generally considered the three leaders in American industry at the time, and often worked and vacationed together.

All three were part of a very exclusive group titled "The Millionaires' Club." - Wiki

Thomas Edison as he appeared in "Harper's Monthly" in 1932
Thomas Edison as he appeared in "Harper's Monthly" in 1932 Photo: Wiki

Thomas Edison as he appeared in "Harper's Monthly" in 1932

Thomas Alva Edison was an American inventor and businessman. He developed many devices that greatly influenced life around the world, including the phonograph, the motion picture camera, and a long-lasting, practical electric light bulb.

Dubbed "The Wizard of Menlo Park", he was one of the first inventors to apply the principles of mass production and large-scale teamwork to the process of invention, and because of that, he is often credited with the creation of the first industrial research laboratory. - Wiki

1964 Ford Mustang
1964 Ford Mustang Photo: Wiki

1964 Ford Mustang

It was claimed that the decision to abandon the two-seat design was in part due to the low sales experienced with the two-seat 1955 Thunderbird.

To broaden market appeal it was later remodeled as a four-seat car (with full space for the front bucket seats, as originally planned, and a rear bench seat with significantly less space than was common at the time).

A "Fastback 2+2" model traded the conventional trunk space for increased interior volume as well as giving exterior lines similar to those of the second series of the Corvette Sting Ray and European sports cars such as the Jaguar E-Type.

The "Fastback 2+2" was not available as a 1964½ model, but was first manufactured on August 17, 1964. - Wiki

1967 Ford Mustang
1967 Ford Mustang Photo: Wiki

1967 Ford Mustang

Concerning the Ford Mustang, Lee Iacocca's assistant general manager and chief engineer Donald N. Frey was the head engineer for the T-5 project. He supervised the overall development of the car in a record 18 months.

Iacocca, himself, championed the project as Ford Division general manager. The T-5 prototype was a two-seat, mid-mounted engine roadster. This vehicle employed the German Ford Taunus V4 engine and was very similar in appearance to the much later Pontiac Fiero. - Wiki

1971-1972 Ford Mustang Coupe
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1971-1972 Ford Mustang Coupe

Developed under the watch of "Bunkie" Knudsen, the Mustang evolved "from speed and power" to the growing consumer demand for bigger and heavier "luxury" type designs. "The result were the styling misadventures of 1971–73 ... The Mustang grew fat and lazy," "Ford was out of the go-fast business almost entirely by 1971."

"This was the last major restyling of the first-generation Mustang." "The cars grew in every dimension except height, and they gained about 800 pounds (363 kg)."

"The restyling also sought to create the illusion that the cars were even larger."[36] The 1971 Mustang was nearly 3 inches (76 mm) wider than the 1970, its front and rear track was also widened by 3 inches (76 mm), and its size was most evident in the SportsRoof models with its nearly flat rear roofline and cramped interior with poor visibility for the driver.

Performance decreased with sales continuing to decrease as consumers switched to the smaller Pintos and Mavericks. A displeased Iacocca summed up later: "The Mustang market never left us, we left it." - Wiki

1974-1975 Ford Mustang II
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1974-1975 Ford Mustang II

The Ford Mustang was available in coupé and hatchback versions, including a "luxury" Ghia model designed by Ford's recently acquired Ghia of Italy.

The coupe was marketed as the "Hardtop" but in fact had a thin "B" pillar and rear quarter windows that did not roll down. All Mustangs in this generation did feature frameless door glass, however.

The "Ghia" featured a thickly padded vinyl roof and smaller rear quarter windows, giving a more formal look.

Changes introduced in 1975 included reinstatement of the 302 CID V8 option (after being without a V8 option for the 1974 model year) and availability of an economy option called the "MPG Stallion". Other changes in appearance and performance came with a "Cobra II" version in 1976 and 1977 and a "King Cobra" in 1978. - Wiki

1985-1986 Ford Mustang Liftback
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1985-1986 Ford Mustang Liftback

The third generation mustang had two different body styles.

From 1979 to 1986 the car had a triangle shaped front clip and four headlights, known by enthusiasts as "4 Eyes." Then in the 1987 to 1993 model years, the front clip had a more round shaping known as the "aero" style.

Also in 1986, engines featured EFI (electronic fuel injection) instead of carburetors. Other changes for the 1986 models included an upgraded 8.8-inch (224 mm) rear-end with four shock absorbers. - Wiki

2002 Ford Mustang Convertible
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2002 Ford Mustang Convertible

For 1999, the Mustang received Ford's New Edge styling theme with sharper contours, larger wheel arches, and creases in its bodywork, but its basic proportions, interior design, and chassis remained the same as the previous model.

The Mustang's powertrains were carried over for 1999, but benefited from new improvements. The standard 3.8 L V6 had a new split-port induction system, and was rated at 190 bhp (140 kW) 1999–2004.

In 2001 the bhp was increased to 193 while the Mustang GT's 4.6 L V8 saw an increase in output to 260 bhp (190 kW) (1999–2004), due to a new head design and other enhancements.

There were also three alternate models offered in this generation: the 2001 Bullitt, the 2003 and 2004 Mach 1, as well as the 320 bhp (240 kW) 1999 and 2001, and 390 bhp (290 kW) 2003 and 2004 Cobra. - Wiki

2005 Mustang Car of the Year
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2005 Mustang Car of the Year

The 1965 Mustang won the Tiffany Gold Medal for excellence in American design, the first automobile ever to do so.

The Mustang was on the Car and Driver Ten Best list in 1983, 1987, 1988, 2005, 2006, and 2011. It won the Motor Trend Car of the Year award in 1974 and 1994.

In 2005 it was runner-up to the Chrysler 300 for the North American Car of the Year award and was named Canadian Car of the Year. - Wiki

2007 Ford Mustang GT/CS Convertible
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2007 Ford Mustang GT/CS Convertible

For the 2005 to 2010 production years, the base model was powered by a 210 hp (157 kW; 213 PS) cast-iron block 4.0 L SOHC V6, while the GT used an aluminum block 4.6 L SOHC 3-valve Modular V8 with variable camshaft timing (VCT) that produced 300 hp (224 kW; 304 PS).

Base models had a Tremec 3650 5-speed manual transmission with Ford's 5R55S 5-speed automatic being optional. Automatic GTs also featured this, but manual GTs had the Tremec TR-3650 5-speed. - Wiki

2010 Ford Mustang GT
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2010 Ford Mustang GT

The 2010 model year Mustang was released in the spring of 2009 with a redesigned exterior and a reduced drag coefficient of 4% on base models and 7% on GT models.

The engine for base Mustangs remained unchanged, while GTs 4.6 L V8 was revised resulting in 315 hp (235 kW; 319 PS) at 6000 rpm and 325 lb·ft (441 N·m) of torque at 4255 rpm.

Other mechanical features included new spring rates and dampers, traction and stability control system standard on all models, and new wheel sizes. - Wiki

2013 Mustang V6
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2013 Mustang V6

The automobile was manufactured by the Ford Motor Company. It was initially based on the platform of the second generation North American Ford Falcon, a compact car.

Introduced early on April 17, 1964, and thus dubbed as a "1964½" model by Mustang fans, the 1965 Mustang was the automaker's most successful launch since the Model A. The Mustang has undergone several transformations to its current fifth generation.

The Mustang created the "pony car" class of American automobiles—sports car-like coupes with long hoods and short rear decks, and it gave rise to competitors such as the Chevrolet Camaro, and Pontiac Firebird, AMC Javelin, as well as Chrysler's revamped Plymouth Barracuda and the first generation Dodge Challenger.

The Mustang is also credited for inspiring the designs of coupés such as the Toyota Celica and Ford Capri, which were imported to the United States. - Wiki

2014 Mustang Convertible
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2014 Mustang Convertible

For 2012, a new Mustang Boss 302 version was introduced. The engine had 444 hp (331 kW; 450 PS) and 380 lb·ft (520 N·m) of torque. A "Laguna Seca" edition was also available.

In spring 2012, Ford launched an update to the Mustang line as an early 2013 model.

The Shelby GT500 has a new 5.8 L supercharged V8 producing 662 hp (494 kW; 671 PS). Shelby and Boss engines came with a six-speed manual transmission.

The GT and V6 models revised styling incorporated the grille and air intakes from the 2010–2011 GT500. The GT's 5.0 liter V8 gained eight horsepower from 412 hp (307 kW; 418 PS) to 420 hp (313 kW; 426 PS). - Wiki

2015 Ford Mustang
2015 Ford Mustang Photo: Wiki

2015 Ford Mustang

From the beginning to 2015, Ford Mustang has offered a variety of classy vehicles, all thanks to Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone - let's not forget Thomas Edison as well!

The Mustang made its first public appearance on a racetrack little more than a month after its April 17 introduction, as pace car for the 1964 Indianapolis 500.

The 2015 Mustang will feature a new independent rear suspension (IRS) system, developed specifically for the new model.

The 2015 model year Mustang is scheduled to be in showrooms by November 2014. - Wiki