Fifty years after debuting one of the world’s most popular cars, Ford is marking the milestone by revealing a Mustang 50 Year Limited Edition. Created to honor five decades of Mustang heritage, only 1,964 examples of the 50 Year Limited Edition will ever be built when it goes on sale this fall.
â€śWhen Mustang was approved for development more than 50 years ago, I donâ€™t think anyone imagined it would spawn such a dedicated base of fans around the world and still be in production today,â€ť said Bill Ford, executive chairman, Ford Motor Company. â€śWe are thrilled to be here in New York â€“ where Mustang was first shown to the public at the 1964 Worldâ€™s Fair â€“ to re-create that historic event for todayâ€™s Mustang enthusiasts.â€ť
Based on the all-new 2015 Mustang GT fastback with performance pack, the 50 Year Limited Edition is designed to provide customers with outstanding performance and a unique appearance that will be instantly recognizable on the road. The only options for the 50 Year Limited Edition are the choice of two exclusive colors and a six-speed manual or automatic transmission.
50 years of inspiration
â€śThe new Mustang blends a muscular, contemporary shape with design cues that define it as quintessentially Mustang,â€ť said Moray Callum, Ford vice president of design. â€śThe 50 Year Limited Edition adds details that set it apart from other Mustangs, while hearkening back to the 1965 original.â€ť
The only two available colors are Wimbledon White, like Mustang serial No. 0001 that was first sold to Capt. Stanley Tucker in April 1964, or Kona Blue. Both are exclusive to this limited-edition car.
â€śChrome trim was much more prevalent on cars in the 1960s than it is today, so we added some discreet highlights for the grille, side glass and tri-bar taillamps,â€ť said Callum. â€śThe darker Kona Blue provides a particularly striking contrast against the chrome.â€ť
Chrome bezels surrounding the base of each of the three taillamp blades take inspiration from the original 1962 design proposal by Gale Halderman that became the basis for the production model that debuted in 1964. The three individual lamps on each side of that design were combined into a single tri-bar lamp cluster for production, but the original concept has returned five decades on. The Mustang 50 Year Limited Edition will be the only 2015 model with the large faux gas cap badge on the rear fascia, with 50 Years added to the GT designation.
Another visual element that wonâ€™t be found on any other Mustang is the louvered rear quarter-windows. Unlike the external louvers on the quarter-windows of the 1965 fastback, the new windows are comprised of layered sheets of glass built with a construction technique uniquely developed for this car.