In 1964 the Ford Motor Corporation
introduced a car that would change the American car market and became a
symbol of a revolutionary decade: the Mustang. It was a compact sporty
car offered at an attractive price and aimed at youthful starting car
buyers. The car immediately made a big impression and it sold very well;
the original Mustang still holds the record for first-year new-model
sales (680,989 units between April 1964 and August 1965, when it was
replaced by the 1966 model).
These days the Shelby Mustang is a true blooded classic with a devoted and enthusiastic following. Driving these cars still offers a huge thrill, uncluttered by modern gadgets like traction control and automatic brake assist. The impressive roar of the engine and the demanding, involving drive sets it apart from everyday driving and adds a bit of fear to the excitement: this is no well-groomed means of transport but a pony with a bite and it needs an experienced master. I like that kind of character in a car, and that's why I hope you'll enjoy this tour around six years of Shelby Mustangs.
* [note: officially the Shelby Mustangs were regarded as a separate range and didn't carry the Ford nor the Mustang name; the proper designation was "Shelby (Cobra) GT", followed by a model number (and letters). However to clarify the car in its context I've used the more common "Shelby Mustang" or "Ford Shelby Mustang" names to identify these cars in order to avoid confusion with other Shelby sports cars]