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autoevolution's Mustang Month

Born decades ago, the Mustang is presently one of the most cherished names in the industry. It is one of the very few muscle car nameplates of the 1960s to have survived to this day, although, to be honest, saying the Mustang has survived is a gross understatement.

The thing did not just survive, but it thrived (and still does) like no other. From the shores of (recently) sedan-hating America to the more sedan-tolerant Europe and elsewhere, the Mustang proved time and time again that not only can it hold its ground, but also lead the charge in select segments.

It was only last month that Ford announced, once more, the achievements of the Mustang. For two years in a row (2019 and 2020), the model was the world’s best-selling sports car. It was also the world’s best-selling sports coupe, and that for the sixth consecutive year. In all, exactly 80,577 people worldwide went for a Mustang in 2020.

Back in April, when we were busy here at autoevolution talking excessively about space stuff, the Mustang turned 57. It's not one of those nice round numbers people like to celebrate with massive parties, but an important one for the muscle car breed the Mustang definitely helped create.

Ford was not in the proper mood to celebrate with a bang the anniversary either, but it did dedicate a full week to the Mustang. Now, in May, it will continue to bring exciting developments for the nameplate. We have, for instance, the launch of a new Mustang NASCAR racer, the recent opening of the order books for the Mach-E GT, and of course, the arrival in customer hands of the Mach 1.

Add to that the countless custom Mustangs of old that keep popping up, the many barn finds we keep stumbling upon, and the insatiable drivers that keep racing Mustangs down the strips and elsewhere, and there’s enough to talk about for months, perhaps.

As a result, we decided to name May 2021 Mustang Month here at autoevolution, so expect a flood of related stuff coming your way over the next four weeks.

Editor's note: This special feature by autoevolution was not sponsored or supported by a third-party.
1990 Ford Mustang 7 Up Does Not Hiss, Was Born by Chance
1990 Ford Mustang 7 Up Does Not Hiss, Was Born by Chance

3 May 2021, 12:05 UTC · By: Daniel Patrascu / The 1990 Ford Mustang 7 Up was born in the minds of the soft drink people, was taken by Ford to new heights of success after 7 Up dropped it

 
Dodge Charger Hellcat Races Modded Mustang GT, Head Start Only Makes It Worse
Dodge Charger Hellcat Races Modded Mustang GT, Head Start Only Makes It Worse

3 May 2021, 11:34 UTC · By: Andrei Tutu / We're dealing with a Dodge Charger Hellcat Widebody and a Ford Mustang GT that has been seriously modded, albeit while keeping its N/A form

 
2004 Ford Mustang Saleen S281 Hides a Rare Supercharger Under the New Edge Hood
2004 Ford Mustang Saleen S281 Hides a Rare Supercharger Under the New Edge Hood

3 May 2021, 09:35 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / Sonic Blue, Dark Charcoal, louvered side scoops: these are statements to the interesting days of the 2000s, but the supercharger is actually the timeless bit

 
Mighty 1970 Mustang Boss 429 Hopes to Sell for More Than a Quarter of a Million
Mighty 1970 Mustang Boss 429 Hopes to Sell for More Than a Quarter of a Million

3 May 2021, 08:28 UTC · By: Daniel Patrascu / This 1970 Mustang Boss 429 is an unrestored piece of American motoring history, kept in a climate-controlled facility on the West Coast

 
Here’s the 1967 Shelby Mustang GT500 in 25 Games from 1989 to 2020
Here’s the 1967 Shelby Mustang GT500 in 25 Games from 1989 to 2020

3 May 2021, 07:10 UTC · By: Bogdan Popa / Gameplay video shows the 1967 Shelby Mustang GT500 in a series of 25 games, starting with the DOS version of Test Drive 2 released in 1989

 
Chris Paukert Goes on Exclusive Ridealong in Mustang Mach-E GT, Nearly Gets Sick
Chris Paukert Goes on Exclusive Ridealong in Mustang Mach-E GT, Nearly Gets Sick

3 May 2021, 07:01 UTC · By: Dragos Chitulescu / Ford has chosen Chris Paukert to be one of the first journalists to experience the new Mustang Mach-E GT, albeit from the passenger seat.

 
2,000 HP Twin-Turbo Coyote Mustang "Snot Rocket" Is the Ultimate Street Car
2,000 HP Twin-Turbo Coyote Mustang "Snot Rocket" Is the Ultimate Street Car

2 May 2021, 20:05 UTC · By: Mihnea Radu / Its not just 2,000 hp, it's 2,000 hp at the wheels on a Coyote that still has the factory crank. Safe to say this is one of the fastest street cars in America

 
1965 Ford Mustang Restomod Is Related to Eleanor, Took Decades to Build
1965 Ford Mustang Restomod Is Related to Eleanor, Took Decades to Build

2 May 2021, 19:40 UTC · By: Dragos Chitulescu / We all know there are quite a few "Eleanors" out there that you could buy, but this one has a certain twist to it, and it comes with a lot of history behind.

 
1970 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Parked in the Forest Needs Total Restoration
1970 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Parked in the Forest Needs Total Restoration

2 May 2021, 17:26 UTC · By: Bogdan Popa / This Mustang Mach 1 has been sitting for years, the owner says, but now it’s your chance to get the car and give it the restoration it deserves

 
Tedward Drives the Brutal Shelby GT500, It's Not the Experience He Anticipated
Tedward Drives the Brutal Shelby GT500, It's Not the Experience He Anticipated

2 May 2021, 17:24 UTC · By: Dragos Chitulescu / The Mustang moniker has been around for decades, but come to think of it, is there anything out there that can match the new Shelby GT500?

 
20 Percent of EV Owners in California Switch Back to ICE Over Charging Woes
20 Percent of EV Owners in California Switch Back to ICE Over Charging Woes

1 May 2021, 19:53 UTC · By: Mircea Panait / If you were thinking about trading your ICE for an EV, think again because charging at home is a hassle for a fifth of Californians

 
Pro-Touring 1965 Ford Mustang Hides 2011 Boss 302 Engine and Other Surprises
Pro-Touring 1965 Ford Mustang Hides 2011 Boss 302 Engine and Other Surprises

1 May 2021, 19:51 UTC · By: Mihnea Radu / This is not your average 1965 Mustang. It's an engineer's wet dream, a high-revving V8, a Ford GT cabin and an aluminum experiment

 
1,800-Mile Ford Mustang SVT Cobra R Looks Mint, Being Auctioned Off Again
1,800-Mile Ford Mustang SVT Cobra R Looks Mint, Being Auctioned Off Again

1 May 2021, 17:57 UTC · By: Dragos Chitulescu / This is the second time in four years when this car is being auctioned off on Bring a Trailer, and it looks like the previous owner has barely driven it

 
2000 Ford F-150 XLT Is a Supercharged Mustang in Disguise, Does Massive Burnouts
2000 Ford F-150 XLT Is a Supercharged Mustang in Disguise, Does Massive Burnouts

1 May 2021, 15:33 UTC · By: Dragos Chitulescu / Sometimes I feel that some engine swaps don't really make sense, but then again, having a massive supercharged V8 engine under the hood should be quite fun.

 
Ford Cortina Makes a Virtual Comeback as Toned-Down Mustang
Ford Cortina Makes a Virtual Comeback as Toned-Down Mustang

1 May 2021, 07:05 UTC · By: Daniel Patrascu / The Ford Cortina was one of Europe's best selling car decades ago, but bringing it back now would only mean going up against the Mustang

 
1965 Ford Mustang Gets Crazy Widebody Rendering with Snow-Plowing Splitter
1965 Ford Mustang Gets Crazy Widebody Rendering with Snow-Plowing Splitter

1 May 2021, 06:21 UTC · By: Vlad Mitrache / We all love our Mustangs (Camaro and Challenger fans secretly like them too, just not as much), so is more Mustang always a good thing?

 
2021 Mustang GT 10-Speed Races Camaro LT1 Manual, Tough to Say Who Won
2021 Mustang GT 10-Speed Races Camaro LT1 Manual, Tough to Say Who Won

30 Apr 2021, 12:47 UTC · By: Sergiu Tudose / Both the Mustang and the Camaro were stock, with the latter allegedly weighing 300 lbs less than the Ford, thanks to various weight reduction measures

 
2015 Ford Mustang GT Still Ready to Celebrate That 50th Anniversary From Scratch
2015 Ford Mustang GT Still Ready to Celebrate That 50th Anniversary From Scratch

30 Apr 2021, 11:16 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / Up for grabs during the upcoming 34th Original Spring Classic Indy, this 'Stang has just 7 miles on the odometer, intact stickers, and even the shipping cover

 
2020 Shelby GT500 Battles BMW M4, 6 Series and Mustangs, Leaves Almost Unscathed
2020 Shelby GT500 Battles BMW M4, 6 Series and Mustangs, Leaves Almost Unscathed

30 Apr 2021, 09:44 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / We're dealing with a 2020 Shelby GT500 example with “just a few things done,” allowing the Rapid Red 'Stang to dip well into the low 10s (sometimes)

 
2016 Ford Mustang GT Races Lexus GS F 5.0 V8, Total Annihilation Follows
2016 Ford Mustang GT Races Lexus GS F 5.0 V8, Total Annihilation Follows

30 Apr 2021, 08:50 UTC · By: Sergiu Tudose / When stock, the 2016 Mustang GT and Lexus GS F feature very similar engine specifications, although in this case the Ford also has bolt-on modifications