Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

The cult of the Mustang

main.jpg
main2.jpg
white.jpg
goldfinger.jpg
2014.jpg

With the new 2015 Ford Mustang taking centre stage at the Detroit Auto Show, ShortList provides a visual history of the ultimate muscle car.

1964

The first Ford Mustang (below) is unleashed upon the world in April, and pops up five months later in Goldfinger. Displaying an alarming lack of respect for a nascent vehicular icon, Bond runs the car off the road, ripping its bodywork to shreds with a knife, before telling the driver, “Here, let me help you. You know, you’re lucky to be alive.”

1968

Boasting a wider, longer body and a louder, burlier engine, the Mustang 390 GT makes a more memorable big screen appearance, being piloted by Steve McQueen in Bullitt. The film’s legendary chase scene instantly prompts a spike in Mustang sales. And, presumably, speeding fines.

1978

The 1973 fuel crisis saw Mustang engines shrink, but by the late-Seventies models were back boasting V8s again, and none was more testosterone-choked than the limited-edition King Cobra of ’78, featuring a snake mural on the hood, in case you forgot its name.

1998

The Eighties were a subdued period for the ’Stang. Happily, the Nineties saw a resurgence, culminating with the 1998 SVT Mustang Cobra which had improved tuning, a beefed-up chassis and, most importantly, looked the real deal.

2014

In addition to a forthcoming appearance with Aaron Paul in Need For Speed, the ’Stang is finally available in Europe. Boasting a 305bhp engine and retaining original design elements, it will be available (for around £30k) in November.

Ford.com

Images: Newspress; Kobal

Related

mustang.jpg

First look at Need For Speed's Ford Mustang

tron.jpg

The best futuristic cars in film

lego1.jpg

Life-sized Lego car runs on air

Comments

More

NASA tests supersonic jet which could go from London to NYC in 3 hours

The 'X-Plane' could change travel forever

by Emily Badiozzaman
27 Feb 2017

Brian Cox says the Large Hadron Collider has proved ghosts don't exist

So you can all stop being spooked

by Dave Fawbert
27 Feb 2017

'Game of Thrones' star and 'UK's tallest man' dies aged 36

RIP, Mag the Mighty

by Emily Badiozzaman
27 Feb 2017

Jackie Chan brought two teddy bears as his dates to the Oscars

They were a bit stuffy

by Emily Badiozzaman
27 Feb 2017

Jimmy Kimmel jokes about Mahershala Ali's name, Twitter calls racism

#OscarsStillQuiteWhite

by Emily Badiozzaman
27 Feb 2017

Donald Trump's mate "Jim" says we can't go to Paris anymore

Sounds like a reliable source

by Alex Finnis
24 Feb 2017

Bradley Lowery is going to be England mascot

Fantastic news for the young Sunderland fan

by Matt Tate
24 Feb 2017

Straight men are officially the worst people in the world at sex

But don't worry, apparently there's a way to fix it

by Alex Finnis
24 Feb 2017

A trampoline park with laser tag and a mega slide is coming to London

For those who want to OD on activities

by Emily Badiozzaman
24 Feb 2017

Walking Dead actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan has his say on Primark t-shirt

Shirt happens

by Emily Badiozzaman
24 Feb 2017