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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.
Widebody 2012 Mustang Shelby Mostly Sat Idle, Wasting 1,000 HP
Widebody 2012 Mustang Shelby Mostly Sat Idle, Wasting 1,000 HP

21 May 2021, 08:13 UTC · By: Daniel Patrascu / This 2012 Mustang Shelby 1000 is selling with just over 2,100 miles on the odometer, also comes with a widebody kit and glass roof

 
2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Races Polaris RZR to 60 MPH, Humiliation Ensues
2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Races Polaris RZR to 60 MPH, Humiliation Ensues

20 May 2021, 17:14 UTC · By: Mircea Panait / Against a top-of-the-line SxS from the best SxS manufacturer out there, the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E doesn't stand a change in a zero-to-60 showdown

 
1972 Ford Mustang Sprint Shows a Behind for the Ages
1972 Ford Mustang Sprint Shows a Behind for the Ages

20 May 2021, 11:49 UTC · By: Daniel Patrascu / This 1972 Ford Mustang Sprint is part of the series of cars Ford made in honor of the Olympic Games in Munich and the American athletes taking part

 
Hurry Up and You Could Snatch This 1968 Ford Mustang Project Car for Just $8,500
Hurry Up and You Could Snatch This 1968 Ford Mustang Project Car for Just $8,500

20 May 2021, 11:16 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / Looking red solid, this 1968 Ford Mustang has a non-running 289ci V8 under the hood, a need for a full restoration and lots of TLC, as well as a low price

 
AMG C 63 S Drag Races GT500 and Boss 302 in America vs. Cabrio Import Battle
AMG C 63 S Drag Races GT500 and Boss 302 in America vs. Cabrio Import Battle

20 May 2021, 08:34 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / That's not all, because the Mercedes-AMG went at it all day and all night long like Captain America, fighting a New Edge Mustang, GTO, and Chevy SUVs and trucks

 
This 1-of-37 2015 Shelby GT350R Was Owned by a Las Vegas Raider, Up for Grabs
This 1-of-37 2015 Shelby GT350R Was Owned by a Las Vegas Raider, Up for Grabs

20 May 2021, 08:18 UTC · By: Daniel Patrascu / This Shelby GT350R is one of 37 to have been made in 2015 as part of a celebratory run, was owned by Las Vegas Raiders head coach Jon Gruden

 
Ford Mustang Almost Crashes Across Four Lanes of Traffic, Makes Hasty Wall Exit
Ford Mustang Almost Crashes Across Four Lanes of Traffic, Makes Hasty Wall Exit

20 May 2021, 07:37 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / We really can't tell if this Blue Oval was tuned or not, but it seems the vehicle clearly exceeded the driver's skills; luckily, it missed all the other cars

 
Bone Stock 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Does Quarter-Mile Runs, Almost Dips Into 11s
Bone Stock 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Does Quarter-Mile Runs, Almost Dips Into 11s

19 May 2021, 19:47 UTC · By: Dragos Chitulescu / Let's be honest here, if you're looking for a car to dominate the quarter mile challenge, the Mach 1 might not be the best choice, but it's no slouch either

 
Watch This 2021 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Put 1,000 HP to Good Use on the Track
Watch This 2021 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Put 1,000 HP to Good Use on the Track

19 May 2021, 19:43 UTC · By: Mircea Panait / Approximately $30,000 worth of upgrades and labor gets you a 1,000-horsepower Shelby GT500 that capable of smoking the rear tires like nobody's business

 
1966 Ford Mustang Restomod Hides Massive Powerplant, Costs an Arm and a Leg
1966 Ford Mustang Restomod Hides Massive Powerplant, Costs an Arm and a Leg

19 May 2021, 17:35 UTC · By: Dragos Chitulescu / People might look down on first-generation Mustangs for being all show and no go, but this time there's more than enough grunt available at the push of a pedal

 
Witness a 1969 Ford Mustang Limited Edition 600 Being Returned to Groovy Fame
Witness a 1969 Ford Mustang Limited Edition 600 Being Returned to Groovy Fame

19 May 2021, 12:52 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / Because we're dealing with the “Hand Built Cars” YT channel, you can bet it's one of those handiwork projects that were completed with much love and respect

 
Ford Mustang GTA Is How a Big Block Veteran Looks 54 Years After It Was Made
Ford Mustang GTA Is How a Big Block Veteran Looks 54 Years After It Was Made

19 May 2021, 12:50 UTC · By: Daniel Patrascu / This 1967 Ford Mustang GTA is one of the finest representatives of the first Blue Oval muscle cars to be fitted with big-block engines

 
The Story of the Original Mustang: The Era When Performance Peaked (1969–1970)
The Story of the Original Mustang: The Era When Performance Peaked (1969–1970)

19 May 2021, 12:20 UTC · By: Vlad Radu / During 1969–1970, the Mustang reached the peak in terms of performance, thanks to a huge variety of tire-shredding models and powerful engines on offer

 
Restored 1971 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Serves as a Tantalizing SportsRoof Proposition
Restored 1971 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Serves as a Tantalizing SportsRoof Proposition

19 May 2021, 11:48 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / The silver with black Mach 1 stripes example has a 351ci V8 of the Cleveland variety under the hood and a fairly low mileage of just 35,538 miles (57,193 km)

 
1970 Ford Mustang Boss 429 With Numbers-Matching V8 Is How You Spell Cool Muscle
1970 Ford Mustang Boss 429 With Numbers-Matching V8 Is How You Spell Cool Muscle

19 May 2021, 11:25 UTC · By: Mircea Panait / $375,000 for a blue-chip collectible isn't a lot of money, not when the Boss 429-engined Ford Mustang gets pricier and pricier with each passing year

 
1968 Ford Mustang With S197 Front End Is a Very Odd Face Swap
1968 Ford Mustang With S197 Front End Is a Very Odd Face Swap

19 May 2021, 11:16 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / The pixel master behind the carfrontswaps account hasn't taken the social media by storm with a hugely divisive render this time around, but then again...

 
Chevy Camaro ZL1 Races Mustang GT Over a Quarter-Mile, Ford's Feelings Get Hurt
Chevy Camaro ZL1 Races Mustang GT Over a Quarter-Mile, Ford's Feelings Get Hurt

19 May 2021, 09:33 UTC · By: Sergiu Tudose / Even though the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 and the Ford Mustang GT aren’t rival specifications, the latter really should have put up a better fight

 
2020 Ford Mustang GT Flexes Its Vortech Muscle, Thrashes GT-R, Z06 and Camaro SS
2020 Ford Mustang GT Flexes Its Vortech Muscle, Thrashes GT-R, Z06 and Camaro SS

19 May 2021, 09:03 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / The “Drag Racing and Car Stuff” YouTube channel was kind enough to deliver an entire host of quarter-mile battles focused on this proud S550

 
1969 Ford Mustang Restomod Hides 750-HP Hemi Boss 520 Behind Quirky Modern Face
1969 Ford Mustang Restomod Hides 750-HP Hemi Boss 520 Behind Quirky Modern Face

19 May 2021, 08:23 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / The latest video from AutotopiaLA comes with a handbuilt treat that probably costs north of $500k and has marvelous technical credentials, as well as odd looks

 
This K-Code Ford Mustang GT Was Once Henry Ford II’s Ride in France, Now Selling
This K-Code Ford Mustang GT Was Once Henry Ford II’s Ride in France, Now Selling

19 May 2021, 07:50 UTC · By: Daniel Patrascu / This 1966 Ford Mustang GT was commissioned by Henry Ford II as his ride while in France, now selling as part of an auction in the U.S.