As you may know, my two favorite Auto manufactures are Porsche and Ford. One of the reasons I like Ford is because they were the first to offer a sporty car that everyone could afford.
So,starting off this list at number 10 are the 1963 Ford Mustang concept cars simply named concept 1 and concept 2.
You can see how the 1963 concept 2 closely resembles what came out in 1964 1/2. Oh to find one of these cars now would be outstanding!
The car taking 9th place on my list of the most desirable Mustangs is the car that started it all. The 1964 1/2 model was introduced early on April 17, 1964 (16 days after the Plymouth Barracuda) and thus dubbed as a 1964 1/2 by Mustang fans.
The Mustang created the “pony car” class of American muscle cars which were affordable sporty coupes with long hoods and short rear decks. The Mustang also gave rise to competitors such as the Chevrolet Camaro, Pontiac Firebird, AMC Javelin, Chrysler’s revamped Plymouth Barracuda, and the second generation Dodge Challenger. The Mustang is also credited for inspiring the designs of coupés such as the Toyota Celica and Ford Capri, which were imported to the United States. This little “Pony Car” has been running strong for over 50 years and will continue to do so for a very long time.
While the title of this post is “The Top 10 Most Desirable Mustangs Thus Far” there are actually 11 different mustangs on this particular list. So, the two Mustangs that tie for the number 8 position are none other than the 1966 Shelby GT350H “Rent-A-Racer” and the 2000 Cobra R.
Can you believe that back in 1966 any driver with a valid license could actually walk into a Hertz Rent-A-Car location and simply drive off the lot with one of these? Well, it is true and the amazing thing is that this car cost $17.00 per day and 17 cents per mile. Try and rent a car for those numbers today as it just won’t happen. I guess that $17.00 a day was big money back then. These cars always catch my eye when ever I see one but the bad thing about these cars is that when Hertz started selling them off from their rental fleet, each and every one of them had the living Hell beat out of them and that is why the GT350H became known as the Rent-A-Racer.
The 2000 Cobra R is another racer but Hertz had nothing to do with this extremely rare Mustang (thank goodness). Ford’s Special Vehicle Engineering Division came up with a very strong track performer and they only produced 300 of these bad boys. The naturally aspirated 329 cubic inch motor in the car banged out 385 horsepower along with 385 foot pounds of torque. While I will admit that I have never been a fan of the 5.4 Liter Ford V8, the one in this Pony could reach a top speed of 175 MPH and scream out a quarter mile on the strip in 12.9 seconds. Now, this Pony could MOVE!
This Mustang is probably one of the most famous cars to light up the “Big Screen” in theaters across the Nation. The car taking the number 7 spot is the 1968 Ford Mustang GT. This car was featured in the movie Bullitt and was painted in Ford Highland Green Metallic with a black interior. The Ford 390 cubic inch motor made the wheels scream and burn when he hit the gas and anyone watching this movie back then wished they were Steve McQueen as he chased the bad guys through the streets of San Frisco in this movie.
Number 6 on my list of the most desirable Mustangs is the 1970 Boss 302 Fastback. The engineers at Ford built the high performance 302 V8 by combining the Ford Windsor 302 cubic inch motor and pairing it with the Ford Cleveland (351 cubic inch) heads. Cleveland heads had larger valves, larger ports, and the same basic bolt pattern as the Windsor – although the passages for coolant did have to be modified slightly. This new engine (upgrade from the K-code 289) could produce 290 hp at 5200 rpm with 290 lbf.ft of torque at 4300 rpm, however it could be revved all the way through to 6250 rpm. The first generation Boss Mustangs would only be in production for 2 years – 1969 and 1970. The Boss 302 is most famous for being the foundation of the cars run by Bud Moore in 1969 and 1970 in the SCCA Trans-Am series. These cars would win the Championship in 1970 against stiff competition and that is why this Boss is KING in my book.
The 2012 Luguna Sega is 5th on my list of the most desirable Mustangs to own. The front splitter and war paint on this car are not just for show as this Boss has 444 horse-power and dances with Porsches (my other favorite automobile maker). The Boss 302 is a track car but on the open road, it’s best to leave the TracKey at home. So what is the TracKey, you ask? It’s an additional ignition key, distinguished by a special red logo, that activates the control module software that’s installed by the dealer after taking delivery of your car. When starting the engine, this key adjusts variable cam timing, spark maps, engine braking, fuel control and about 400 other performance parameters to provide a complete race car calibration. Turn the ignition on with the standard key, and the Boss 302 comes to life in “normal” mode. In this setting, ride quality is relatively smooth, and the cabin doesn’t rumble with the vibration of the engine but who wants that as I like to hear and feel everything when I let those 444 ponies under the hood loose.
Coming in at the number 4 position is the 2013 Shelby GT500. I always get a kick out of the Dodge fans that tell me about the Hellcat’s 707 horsepower and how it is the fastest production car available. Well Dodge fans, it is not and why is that do you ask? Well, you always have to remember the basics of speed and those basics are the curb weight of the car versus the actual horsepower (and torque) available. So, let these numbers speak for themselves. 2013 Shelby GT500 offers 662 horsepower (600 foot pounds of torque) with a curb weight of 3,850 pounds and the Dodge Hellcat comes in at 707 horsepower (650 foot pounds of torque) and weights in at 4,493 pounds. Both cars can break 200 MPH but the Shelby does it faster as it’s quarter mile time is 11.4 seconds while the Hellcat’s quarter mile time is 11.8 seconds. This is one of the many reasons why the Mustang is one of my favorite cars to own.
Taking 3rd place on my list of top 10 Mustangs is not a particular model but rather it is the current generation of Mustang. The sixth generation began production in Flat Rock, Michigan on July 14, 2014. There are many options to choose from but you can start with the V6 Fastback which starts around $25,185 USD and go all the way up to the GT350R which is currently selling for $25,000 over sticker price (around $95,000 USD) because the car is just that good. In the end, there are many different automobile manufactures in which to choose a sporty car from but I will leave you with this………A Jaguar F Type is the same thing as the Mustang so why not own the original version of this great fastback.
I guess rules can be broken as I am going to break one of my own. I do not like to write about an automobile until it had at least a five year history in order to validate it’s overall performance. Well, the car taking second place on my list of The Most Desirable Mustangs is the 2017 Shelby GT350R. I have written about this particular Mustang before and I will probably write about it again as this car is AMAZING! The Voodoo 5.2 Liter engine has 526 hp and 429 lb-ft of torque and churns out all this power without the use of turbos or superchargers. Yes, that is correct, no turbo or supercharger at all! All of that power is mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox which drives the rear wheels. In addition, the gearbox features Ford’s unique 3.73:1 Torsen limited slip differential and lastly, the engine is also equipped with dedicated engine oil coolers (nice touch for a street/race car). Due to its less curb weight and more performance features, the GT350R will be quicker than the standard GT350. You can expect the GT350R to complete a 0 to 60 MPH run in under 3.5 seconds making it the FASTEST naturally aspirated vehicle on earth. The automaker has further paired the vehicle’s exhaust system with 4 tips which produce a new sound different from what we are used to. The exhaust sound is close to the sound that Ferrari models produce (probably due to the fact that both Ford and Ferrari use a flat-plane crankshaft) and that engine note always makes me smile every time I hear it and feel it when behind the wheel.
It can be difficult to pick the “Best of the Best” when it comes to all the Mustangs or any other car available, but in my mind the number 1 choice for the most desirable Mustang to own is the 1967 Shelby GT350. The 1967 Shelby Mustang was available in two basic models: the GT350 (which is my top pick) carrying the high performance 289 V-8 and the GT500 hauling the larger 428ci V-8 which made this model extremely nose heavy. The new 1967 Shelby model was drastically restyled to give off looks of performance, while also being able to deliver plenty of performance. The GT350 model was the car of choice for rally or track racing because the Ford small block was specifically designed for utilizing higher RPMs through the turns (remember when entering a turn at high speed you want your nose to go down and into the turn and when exiting the turn you want your nose to come up. The only way to do this is to utilize an engine that can give you higher RPMs through every turn). This car had everything going for it as it had the looks, the performance and it was extremely loud which is what I always liked about this car. Today, one of these cars can fetch around $150,000 USD but if it has a racing pedigree it will break $225,000 USD.
Well, that wraps up my top 10 list of the most desirable Mustangs thus far and I am sure that I will be adding to this list very soon. Check back for more postings as well as updates to all of my automotive lists.
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