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Ford is practically synonymous with automobiles, which should not be a surprise since Henry Ford is one of the pioneers of the auto industry. But if Ford is synonymous with the automobile, then the Mustang is synonymous with Ford. Ford has created many impressive automobiles over their storied history, but none is as legendary as the Ford Mustang.

The Mustang has transcended beyond being a mere vehicle to being a vital part of American popular culture. The Mustang is not just a car, it is a symbol of freedom and adventure. Head to Lion Heart Lifestyle and you can get to experience the Mustang in two different versions; the Ford Mustang Classic from 1967, and the modern iteration of that classic vehicle, both in open-air convertible form. Either one will show you just why the Mustang is a true classic.

History of Ford

The history of the Ford Motor Company can only begin with Henry Ford. He is practically the father of the automobile even though he did not invent it. Nor did he invent the assembly line on which automobiles are manufactured. What he did do was make the automobile an affordable and practical option for everyone, not just the very rich. Henry Ford started out as an engineer at the Edison Illuminating Company of Detroit, an electric company founded by, and named after, Thomas Edison—yes, that Thomas Edison.

After his promotion to chief engineer in 1893, he started experimenting with gasoline engines. In 1896, those experiments culminated in a vehicle that he called the Ford Quadricycle. That same year, he met Thomas Edison himself, who approved of Ford’s experiments. Eventually, Ford resigned from the electric company to found the Detroit Automobile Company in 1899. However, it was unsuccessful and was dissolved two years later because he believed that the vehicles it produced were of a high cost and low quality.

Undeterred, Ford formed a new company later that year called the Henry Ford Company. A dispute with investors leads to Ford leaving a year later, along with many of his business partners. Incidentally, the company he left would later become the Cadillac Automobile Company. The third time would prove the charm for Ford. In 1903, with the help of investors that included the Dodge brothers—yes, the founders of the Dodge Motor Company, Ford founded the Ford Motor Company. Their first vehicle was, of course, the legendary Model T and the success of that vehicle—and others that followed it—lead to the Ford Motor Company becoming one of the biggest and most successful companies in the world.

Over a century later, it is still one of the biggest auto companies in the world and is still run by the Ford family. So, the legacy of Henry Ford lives on to this day, it can be found in every automobile on the road, but in particular, with the Ford Mustang.

History of the Mustang

The Ford Mustang is nearly as important to the evolution of the automobile as Henry Ford was. That is because the Mustang created the subclass of sports cars known as the pony car. Pony cars are described as affordable sports cars with long hoods and short rear ends. It inspired other vehicles like the Chevrolet Camaro, the Dodge Challenger, and the Pontiac Firebird. The Ford Mustang made its debut in 1964, though the peculiar automotive calendar led to the first Mustangs being called the 1964½ models. 

Odd numbering aside, the Mustang became a huge hit, not just because of its style, but because it was affordable as well. Ford was able to keep costs down because the Mustang shared a lot of components with other Ford models of the time. This made it easier to assemble for assembly line workers and easier to repair for mechanics. Plus, it encouraged dealerships to sell the Mustang since they would not need to purchase any additional spare parts.

The Mustang was projected to sell 100,000 models in its first year. It reached that figure in three months. During the first model year, over 400,000 Mustangs were sold and in the first eighteen months, over 1,000,000 were built. Needless to say, the Ford Mustang was a success.

The 1967 Ford Mustang

1967 was the year that the Mustang received its first major redesign for the coupe, fastback, and convertible models. The most obvious change was in the size, as the ‘67 Mustang is noticeably larger than the preceding models. However, there were other big changes, both inside and out. The ’67 Mustang featured new air scoops on the rear flank as well as a redesigned grille. The rear deck and gas cap also received changes.

On the inside, the ’67 Mustang received a brand new, much clearer dashboard with bigger instrument clusters. New comfort features were also added, like cruise control, an odometer, and warning lights for open doors, unbuckled seatbelts, low fuel, and the parking brake. These are features modern drivers take for granted, but they were a big deal back then. New NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) regulations lead to safety features like an energy-absorbing steering column, four-way flashers, and a hydraulic braking system.

Under the hood, engine options mostly stayed the same with one big exception. The larger size of the vehicle meant that the Mustang was now capable of holding a big block V8 engine that could generate 320 HP. The high-performance V8 could be obtained with the GT package, which included various performance improvements. All of those options make the 1967 version possibly the most interesting of the first generation Mustangs.

Ford Mustang 5.0

The Mustang has been a perennial model in Ford’s line since its inception and this latest version benefits from all the improvements accumulated over the intervening years. The Mustang 5.0, or Mustang GT if you prefer, is one of the most powerful versions of the current Mustangs, offering a whopping 460 HP. That engine can launch the Mustang 5.0 to 60 MPH in just 4.3 seconds and take it to a top speed of 155 MPH. You will be able to easily control all of that power since the 5.0 has improved suspension settings, performance tires, and magnetorheological dampers that keep it firmly planted to the ground.

On the inside, there is a slick digital dashboard that alters the display depending on whether you are in Normal or Sport mode. It is also available in a wide variety of color combinations so drivers can customize how it looks. The big, wide, power, leather seats are comfortable and the Sync infotainment system is easy to use. Ultimately, the Mustang proves that power and comfort can go hand in hand.

Rent a Legend From Lion Heart Lifestyle Today!

Whether you want to drive one of the very first Mustangs, or you want to take a ride in the latest iteration, you will be experiencing an automotive legend. The 1967 Mustang is not just all about the nostalgia and classic vibes, you will be surprised by its performance as well. If you want even better performance along with a host of modern conveniences, then check out the Mustang 5.0 instead. You can’t go wrong with either version so head to Lion Heart Lifestyle to rent a motoring icon.