pony car

A scene from the Manawa Mustang Round Up.

Mustang Magic

By John Gunnell The debate has always been whether the first Mustang was a 1964-1/2 or a 1965 model. We all know the “pony car” was introduced at the New York World’s Fair on April 1, 1964, but the cars all had 1965 VINs. So, if all the first run Mustangs were ’65 models,...


Ten Mustangs sure to make any pony car lover salivate

Photos by Al Rogers; story by John Gunnell   A racer’s race car: Shelby GT-350 Racer Bobby Rahal won Indy championships in 1986, 1987 and 1992. In 1986, he took the Indy 500. He won there again as a team owner in 2004. After he quit racing, Rahal ran a chain of car dealerships...

Pre-production 1965 Mustang (Courtesy Ford Motor Co.)

Mustang ‘pilot cars’ paved way for the pony

Models, pre-production cars and a lot of trial and error were all part of Ford’s development plan By Bob Fria The two-seat 1962 Mustang concept car and the four-seat 1963 Mustang II concept car were the first Fords to use a “Mustang” name plate. Both were designed to measure public perception for a new...