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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.
Mustang Mach 1 vs. M2 CS vs. Civic Type R Track Battle Ends in Disappointment
Mustang Mach 1 vs. M2 CS vs. Civic Type R Track Battle Ends in Disappointment

27 May 2021, 13:57 UTC · By: Vlad Mitrache / The simple thought of racing three track-oriented editions of three already impressive models is enough to make anyone giddy with excitement

 
One-Owner 2004 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Will Make Each Day a 40th Anniversary Party
One-Owner 2004 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Will Make Each Day a 40th Anniversary Party

27 May 2021, 12:15 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / Anyone still enamored with the New Edge design days and ready to shell out more than $50k for a 2021 Mach 1 might want to consider this anniversary unit

 
2014 Ford Mustang With "Pype Bombs" and Resonator Delete Almost Sounds Like a V8
2014 Ford Mustang With "Pype Bombs" and Resonator Delete Almost Sounds Like a V8

27 May 2021, 09:48 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / The raspy car soundtrack aficionados from the “Exhaust Addicts” YouTube channel have a tame S197 II 3.7-liter V6 Mustang in the shop for a resonator delete

 
Ford Mustang GT California Special Looks Even More Special on 20" Vossen Wheels
Ford Mustang GT California Special Looks Even More Special on 20" Vossen Wheels

27 May 2021, 09:44 UTC · By: Vlad Mitrache / There's no overstating how big of an impact the right set of wheels can have on a car's appearance, helped in this case by a lowered ride height as well

 
Derelict Ford Mustang Cobra II Goes on a Trip and Hits the Strip After 27 Years
Derelict Ford Mustang Cobra II Goes on a Trip and Hits the Strip After 27 Years

27 May 2021, 08:57 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / Dylan McCool rescued this 27-year abandoned second-generation Mustang and worked some magic to get it running again, now he's got an ambitious goal in mind

 
Classic-Look 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302 Packs the Proper Gear, Sells About Right
Classic-Look 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302 Packs the Proper Gear, Sells About Right

27 May 2021, 07:50 UTC · By: Daniel Patrascu / 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302 equipped with a date code correct engine and even the original smog control system and rev limiter sold for $82,500

 
Lonely '67 Mustang Shell Gets Reformed Into a Coyote Aluminator “Eleanor” Clone
Lonely '67 Mustang Shell Gets Reformed Into a Coyote Aluminator “Eleanor” Clone

26 May 2021, 12:59 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / Looking all sad and lonely during the initial arrival photoshoot, this 1967 Ford Mustang Fastback returns and exceeds its former glory as it becomes a Coyote

 
Ford Mustang Fox Body "Modernizer" Looks Like a Factory Kit in Widebody Render
Ford Mustang Fox Body "Modernizer" Looks Like a Factory Kit in Widebody Render

26 May 2021, 12:39 UTC · By: Andrei Tutu / The rendering we have here seems to build on the "aero" look brought by the final major revamp of the Fox Body Ford Mustang

 
26-Year Restoration Does Little to Help This 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Sell
26-Year Restoration Does Little to Help This 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Sell

26 May 2021, 12:20 UTC · By: Daniel Patrascu / This 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 is allegedly the result of no less than 26 years of restoration work; despite that, it failed to sell at massive auction

 
California-Imported 1966 Ford Mustang Was Only Used for Wedding and Pub Visits
California-Imported 1966 Ford Mustang Was Only Used for Wedding and Pub Visits

26 May 2021, 11:28 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / The current owner has bought the classic 'Stang back in 2015 and rarely used it, his father-in-law maintained it because of his military engineer experience

 
Rare 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 Offered With Only 8,600 Miles
Rare 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 Offered With Only 8,600 Miles

26 May 2021, 11:13 UTC · By: Mircea Panait / Listed on Hemmings with no photos of the interior or engine bay, this 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 can be yours for $385,000 or the best offer

 
Real-Life Cyberpunk 2077 Mustang 302 “Quadra” Build Has a Hoodie-Loving Owner
Real-Life Cyberpunk 2077 Mustang 302 “Quadra” Build Has a Hoodie-Loving Owner

26 May 2021, 09:26 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / The Rockstar Energy Drink Cyberpunk 2077-related competition has ended, and the big winner got the keys to a modified 1970 Ford Mustang looking akin to Quadra

 
Original-Drivetrain 1968 Ford Mustang GT Is a $143K Time Capsule
Original-Drivetrain 1968 Ford Mustang GT Is a $143K Time Capsule

26 May 2021, 08:24 UTC · By: Daniel Patrascu / This 1968 Ford Mustang GT retains the original drivetrain and the most of the body panels and spot welds, snatches $143k at auction

 
2020 BMW M5 Competition Takes On 2021 Shelby GT500, a Good Start Is All We Need
2020 BMW M5 Competition Takes On 2021 Shelby GT500, a Good Start Is All We Need

26 May 2021, 07:05 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / They're not quite so evenly balanced, so this quarter-mile fight could go down either way; in the end, it seems that nailing those first sixty feet is key

 
Ford GE2 EV Platform May Underpin Electric Mustang Pony Car, Report Suggests
Ford GE2 EV Platform May Underpin Electric Mustang Pony Car, Report Suggests

25 May 2021, 20:36 UTC · By: Mircea Panait / Tomorrow at the Delivering Ford+ Capital Markets Day conference, the Blue Oval is expected to confirm two new platforms in the guise of the GE2 and TE1

 
27-Year Abandoned Ford Mustang II Cobra Gets Saved, Eventually Agrees to Run
27-Year Abandoned Ford Mustang II Cobra Gets Saved, Eventually Agrees to Run

25 May 2021, 14:47 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / Dylan McCool is one of those great people who love to find and rescue abandoned and long-forgotten cars, he's also wise enough to do the job alongside a camera

 
2021 Ford Bronco Gets Spotted in the Wild Sporting the Roush Performance Touch
2021 Ford Bronco Gets Spotted in the Wild Sporting the Roush Performance Touch

25 May 2021, 12:50 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / Judging by the spotted 2021 Bronco 4-Door Big Bend and the information provided by the bronco6g.com forum, good things are coming soon for the SUV

 
This Manual 1967 Mercury Cougar 289 Is Looking for a New and Caring Owner
This Manual 1967 Mercury Cougar 289 Is Looking for a New and Caring Owner

25 May 2021, 12:14 UTC · By: Mircea Panait / The unloved sibling of the original Mustang is perfect for restoring or restomodding because replacement parts are relatively inexpensive and easy to find

 
First-Gen Ford Mustang Is a Classic Muscle Car With Custom Modern Twists
First-Gen Ford Mustang Is a Classic Muscle Car With Custom Modern Twists

25 May 2021, 11:46 UTC · By: Daniel Patrascu / This 1965 Ford Mustang is a restomod convertible now powered by the mighty Aluminator engine; LEDs, Bluetooth, and more are part of the deal

 
1989 Ford Mustang LX Is Fully Understated Outside, Screams for Attention Inside
1989 Ford Mustang LX Is Fully Understated Outside, Screams for Attention Inside

25 May 2021, 11:26 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / Although it's not a first-generation wonder, this all-original Mustang Coupe is worthy of praise thanks to its originality and the attention to specific details