The Ford Mustang was indeed a well thought out concept that completely opened up the car market, giving Ford the upper hand in the US. With its never ending range of options and variations, the Mustang simply appealed to everyone.
Fords success was based on providing an economical vehicle with good looks and practicality, effectively presenting the buying public with no need to compromise. This new style compact was the first of the ‘Pony Car’ era and with major competitors seemingly slow to react, the Ford Mustang paved the way forward.
This new class of automobile known as the Pony Car had to have certain characteristics to qualify. Firstly they had to be stylish and sporty although not quite as powerful as the American muscle car, they also had to have a degree of practicality with two doors and four seats. As a mass production car they had to be affordable and Ford’s answer to this was to use already developed and engineered parts from other Ford variants which were readily available – genius!
Today the Ford Mustang is a motoring legend recognised worldwide, spawning a new concept imitated by many but never bettered.
|Years Produced||1964 - 1968|
|Performance||0 - 60mph 9.7sec / Top Speed - 111mph|
|Power & Torque||164bhp / 258Ib ft|
|Engine||4267cc / V8 / 16 valves|
|Drive-train||Front engine RWD|
|Transmission||Three speed manual / automatic|
VALUATION SINCE LAUNCH
As one of the major icons of American motoring, enthusiasm for the original pony car is as strong as ever, and so the Mustangs value continues to rise ensuring not only an amazing driving experience but also a sound investment financially.
A BUYERS GUIDE
The Ford Mustang is one of the all time great classic cars, and with a wide choice of examples even in the UK there will be options available. However, remember you’re potentially buying a 50 year old car and so it may not be all plain sailing.
The dreaded rust is prone to raise its ugly ahead so a thorough investigation is usual. Check under the floor carpet as floors are a common problem as are sills inside and out, this can be expensive on the convertible as they form part of the body’s structure. Also check for poor repairs as nearly every car has had a bump or two especially at this age.
Under the bonnet
Mechanically the Mustang has a good reputation for being robust, and providing the documented history is in order there shouldn’t be any need for concern. The Windsor V8 is a fine engine and is pretty tough, but expect it to have worn bores, rings, and bearings. That is, if it hasn’t been rebuilt in its life time.
Transmission options are a three and four speed manual as well as an automatic version. All three are again robust and should prove reliable, subject to good maintenance. Brakes are simple and effective but do check these on the test drive along with steering and suspension.
The electrical system of the Mustang isn’t the most reliable so check everything is in good working order. But, check the repairs and replacement documentation, which should be good for a Mustang.
INSURING A Ford Mustang (1964 – 1968)
The classic American car is more popular in the UK than ever. This means many insurers now offer specific policies with this in mind. At Heritage Insurance with 50 years experience behind us, we offer a tailor made package for one or more cars. We include both our in-house agreed value service and salvage retentionshould the worst happen at no extra cost, and with limited mileage and club members discounts our annual fully Comprehensive policy proves excellent value for money. Here are some typical examples of how little your insurance could be.
- Quotes based on fully comprehensive cover, insured only to drive age 60.
Annual premium – £125.78 with a £150 accidental damage excess.
- Quotes based on fully comprehensive cover, insured only to drive age 45.
Annual premium – £144.32 with a £150 accidental damage excess.
- Quotes based on fully comprehensive cover, insured only to drive age 30.
Annual premium – £174.87 with a £150 accidental damage excess.
*NB: All insurance quotes based on the same criteria: The vehicle being garaged overnight. Accident, claim and conviction free and a limited mileage of 3000 per annum with full use of a main car daily. All quotations based on an Agreed Value of £30,000. But, prices may alter depending on individual criteria. Quote carried out February 2016.
The car that created the Pony class was almost named after a cat. But, early sketches show the Mustang model named as a Cougar, and there were a number of badges and emblems designed with the name as late as 1963. In fact, the cougar silhouette looks similar to the mustang horse emblem that Mustangs have. Other names that were considered include the Torino, Bronco, Puma, Colt, Thunderbird II, and Panther. But thanks to intense market research, Ford settled on the Mustang, and the rest is history.
Mark Wilkinson (Managing Partner of Heritage Classic Car Insurance) says
“The iconic Ford Mustang has today earned its rightful place in motoring history. Through its illustrious life time the Mustang has gone through numerous incarnations, but it has always remained true to its brand, offering an affordable, performance-focused, rear-drive coupe and convertible capable of everyday use and high speed cruising.”