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Ford Mustang legacy

As the first-ever Ford Mustang debuted on April 17, 1964 as a 1965 model year, Ford’s ambitions were mostly tempered, as was the demand among American consumers for sporty coupes, with lumbering land barges still working their way through the landscape. The Blue Oval brand estimated 100,000 units would be sold across the initial model year, but when 22,000 Mustangs were ordered in the first seven days, a veritable legend was born. That rich tradition endures 55 years later with the arrival of the 2020 Ford Mustang at Pittsville Ford. Though the Ford Mustang’s roots reflect a time of profound social, cultural, and political upheaval in the United States, there was one thing almost everyone in that time period could meet in the middle upon: the “1964½” Ford Mustang was a spark that ignited a firestorm of style and substance in American coupes.

By the end of the original Mustang’s rookie year on the market, a shocking 417,000 units were sold, the iconic coupe was starring in some of Hollywood’s top films, and had become a national phenomenon. Your local Ford dealer near Salisbury MD invites you to come and bask in the moment during the Ford Mustang’s 55th birthday, and find out more about the most historic Ford Mustang of them all: The Ford Shelby Mustang.

Ford Mustang legacy

Following the wildly successful launch of the Ford Mustang, attention was immediately shifted to the future, particularly the performance potentials. Ford Mustang visionary Lee Iacocca turned to the famed racer and entrepreneur Carroll Shelby with the notion to turn the Ford Mustang into a mass-produced vehicle born ready to run on the racetracks. The Sports Car Club of America designated the 1965 Ford Shelby Mustang GT350 a qualified vehicle and granted entry into a B Production race. The 289-cubic inch, 306-horsepower engine catapulted this relatively lightweight and revolutionary coupe to consistent success across its racing class across the next three years.

Briskly advancing through the year-by-year history of the Ford Mustang, revised models followed close behind, including the 1967 Ford Shelby Mustang GT500, touting a 427 cubic inch V8. Approximately 2,000 of these highly sought after Ford Shelby Mustang models were rolled off the assembly lines and one was even featured in the 2000 heist film Gone In 60 Seconds as the near-mythical and elusive “Eleanor”, keeping the legacy alive and well three-plus decades after the official release. Other iterations of high-performance Ford Mustang models faded in and out of the mainstream headed toward the modern era, including the re-introduction of V8 models following the gasoline crisis in the 1970s, the 1993 SVT Mustang Cobra developed by Ford’s own Special Vehicle Team, to the stripped-down and track-ready 2000 Mustang Cobra R. It wasn’t until 2007 that the Carroll Shelby-branded Ford Mustang made a triumphant return after decades of acrimony between Ford Motor Company and the household name. Dubbed the 2007 Ford Shelby GT500, this high-powered Mustang was fitted with a supercharged 5.4L V8 motor that churned out an even 500 horsepower. Begining in 2015 was the sixth and current generation of the Ford Mustang, and with it came a brand-new look, the four-cylinder, turbocharged EcoBoost engine, and all the modern goodies. A year into the current cycle, the 2016 Shelby GT350 and GT350R debuted, featuring a 5.2L Flat Plane Crank V8 engine that produced 526 horsepower and 429 lb.-ft. of torque. The GT350R was particularly adept on the racetrack while shedding many of the daily-driver proclivities. In 2018, a mid-generation revamp took place, and the buzz began building toward a brand-new Ford Mustang Shelby.

Ford Mustang legacy

That buzz is now a palpable crescendo and overtaking your Pittsville MD Ford destination, as the 2020 Ford Mustang lineup will feature the monstrous 2020 Ford Shelby Mustang GT500, set to launch this fall at your local Ford dealer in Delaware. The latest Mustang GT500 deploys a 5.2L Supercharged Cross Plane Crank V8 powerplant winding up to an astounding 760 horsepower at a meteoric 7,500 RPM, along with 625 lb.-ft. of torque that will launch this supercar to 60 MPH in under 3 seconds. This is no bare-bones, race-ready car masquerading as something different. The 2020 Ford Shelby Mustang GT500 can loaded up with numerous modern amenities such as a 12-inch LCD Instrument Cluster, Leather-trimmed Miko® Suede Sport Seats with the option to upgrade to Recaro® racing seats, and even an available B&O Sound System by Bang and Olufsen with 12 speakers and a subwoofer in the trunk. If the GT500 is a little too much horse for you to break in, maybe the altogether “sedate” (by comparison) 2020 Ford Shelby Mustang GT350 will hit all the right notes. Similar to the 2016 model, the 2020 Ford Shelby Mustang GT350 boasts an identical 5.2L Flat Plane Crank V8 fitted into the previous version GT350. The Ford Shelby Mustang GT350R is also there for those more interested in showing off on the track than the turnpike.

After 55 years, the Ford Mustang story is still developing, and it’s also time for you to add a new chapter to your own. Visit us at Pittsville Ford today and learn more about the full lineup of 2020 Ford Mustang models for sale and also the magnificent 2020 Ford Shelby Mustang GT500 lurking just around the corner!

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