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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.
Ford Reportedly Admits Its Mustang Customers Aren't in Their Prime Anymore
Ford Reportedly Admits Its Mustang Customers Aren't in Their Prime Anymore

17 May 2021, 09:55 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / Mustang Marketing Manager Jim Owens has acknowledged the issue for Muscle Cars & Trucks; he offers the Mustang Mach-E as an alternative, but do we like it?

 
Here’s a 1969 Mustang Mach 1 428 Cobra Jet to Get Your Mind Off the New One
Here’s a 1969 Mustang Mach 1 428 Cobra Jet to Get Your Mind Off the New One

17 May 2021, 09:49 UTC · By: Daniel Patrascu / This first-year Ford Mustang Mach 1 packs the biggest engine available for the range, sellers hope to get $110,000 for it at auction

 
The Story of the Original Mustang: The Big Block Era Begins (1967–1968)
The Story of the Original Mustang: The Big Block Era Begins (1967–1968)

17 May 2021, 08:35 UTC · By: Vlad Radu / During 1967-1968, the legendary Mustang got bigger and more powerful, welcoming the first big-blocks into the engine lineup

 
All-Steel 1968 Ford Mustang Is One Tough Mechanical Beast
All-Steel 1968 Ford Mustang Is One Tough Mechanical Beast

17 May 2021, 07:42 UTC · By: Daniel Patrascu / This 1968 Ford Mustang rocks a Ford Performance Aluminator engine good for 624 horsepower and 500 lb-ft of torque, selling at auction in June

 
The Story of the Slow and Ugly Mustang II, the Nameplate's Unsung Hero
The Story of the Slow and Ugly Mustang II, the Nameplate's Unsung Hero

17 May 2021, 05:10 UTC · By: Vlad Radu / The second-generation Mustang was smaller and far less powerful than its predecessor, yet managed to keep the nameplate alive through a tough period

 
1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Sees First Daylight in Decades, Has Numbers-Matching V8
1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Sees First Daylight in Decades, Has Numbers-Matching V8

15 May 2021, 21:05 UTC · By: Ciprian Florea / Before it went into indoor storage for a few decades, this Mach 1 was driven for around 76,000 miles and it has quite a few battle scars. But it still runs

 
Original and Unrestored 1965 Ford Mustang Parked for 35 Years Is 100% Complete
Original and Unrestored 1965 Ford Mustang Parked for 35 Years Is 100% Complete

15 May 2021, 19:59 UTC · By: Bogdan Popa / This 1965 Ford Mustang has been sitting since the mid-‘80s, but the car is still running great, according to the owner, with everything still in place

 
The Ford Mustang With a V8 Isn’t Threatened Yet, Says Performance Chief Engineer
The Ford Mustang With a V8 Isn’t Threatened Yet, Says Performance Chief Engineer

15 May 2021, 16:49 UTC · By: Mircea Panait / Happily for Mustang fans, the Coyote V8 isn't going anywhere for the time being. But unfortunately, EVs will eventually become the norm

 
Rare 1968 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet Was Abandoned in the Forest, You Can Save it
Rare 1968 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet Was Abandoned in the Forest, You Can Save it

14 May 2021, 20:40 UTC · By: Ciprian Florea / Abandoned into a forest for years, this rare Ford Mustang Cobra Jet is begging for a complete restoration and a new chance to rev its 7.0-liter V8

 
Buy a Ford Mustang Saleen S302 White Label, Get Free 1980s Vibes
Buy a Ford Mustang Saleen S302 White Label, Get Free 1980s Vibes

14 May 2021, 17:33 UTC · By: Mihnea Radu / So you're in your 50s, like the Saleen Mustangs in the 1980s, but don't want to go back to owning a Fox body? Just buy this instead

 
Ford Mustang Mach 1 vs. Lexus RC F Track Edition: The Transmission Settles It
Ford Mustang Mach 1 vs. Lexus RC F Track Edition: The Transmission Settles It

14 May 2021, 14:02 UTC · By: Vlad Mitrache / The two cars developed to perform around a circuit have very similar figures on paper, yet that doesn't mean they're anything alike

 
Race Red 2013 Ford Mustang Boss 302 Is Ready to Be a “Road Runner” Once More
Race Red 2013 Ford Mustang Boss 302 Is Ready to Be a “Road Runner” Once More

14 May 2021, 13:52 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / Dana Mecum's 34th Original Spring Classic Indy auction has already started the pre-bidding process, so you'd better hurry up and snatch this V8 collectible

 
CGI Ford Mustang Mach-E Fetches Shelby Attire It Doesn't Deserve, Goes Off-Road
CGI Ford Mustang Mach-E Fetches Shelby Attire It Doesn't Deserve, Goes Off-Road

14 May 2021, 11:22 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / The pixel master behind the superrenderscars account has done it again, Blue Oval style, taking the zero-emissions Mustang Mach-E into proper off-road territory

 
One-Owner 1998 Ford Mustang GT Convertible Boasts Amazingly Low Odometer Reading
One-Owner 1998 Ford Mustang GT Convertible Boasts Amazingly Low Odometer Reading

14 May 2021, 11:08 UTC · By: Mircea Panait / You probably won't find a more original low-mileage 1998 Mustang out there, which is why this fellow is expected to sell for big bucks

 
40-Year-Preserved 1967 Ford Shelby GT500 Barn Find Gets Driven After Lots of TLC
40-Year-Preserved 1967 Ford Shelby GT500 Barn Find Gets Driven After Lots of TLC

14 May 2021, 09:38 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / This could be one of the greatest barn finds ever, with four decades of indoor preservation and a huge restoration effort that even kept the original paint

 
Chevy Corvette and Shelby GT500 GoPro Ride-Alongs Present a Cool Autocross POV
Chevy Corvette and Shelby GT500 GoPro Ride-Alongs Present a Cool Autocross POV

14 May 2021, 08:43 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / There is an abundance of different generations of “America's sports car” in this video, as well as a Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 perspective for good measure

 
Mighty Nissan GT-Rs Now Have Trouble Drag Racing Audi's RS3 and the Old Fox Body
Mighty Nissan GT-Rs Now Have Trouble Drag Racing Audi's RS3 and the Old Fox Body

14 May 2021, 07:44 UTC · By: Aurel Niculescu / What marvelous things are happening in the aftermarket world if the R35 Godzilla now has to fight hard just to stay ahead of a premium sedan and an oldie?

 
1967 Ford Mustang Is a Brand-New Gone in 60 Seconds-Correct Eleanor
1967 Ford Mustang Is a Brand-New Gone in 60 Seconds-Correct Eleanor

14 May 2021, 07:36 UTC · By: Daniel Patrascu / This 1967 Ford Mustang Eleanor Tribute Edition is the newest movie car replica on the market, comes with all-new and original parts

 
Rare 1972 Ford Mustang Convertible Barn Find Needs TLC for the Summer
Rare 1972 Ford Mustang Convertible Barn Find Needs TLC for the Summer

13 May 2021, 20:50 UTC · By: Ciprian Florea / This Dark Green drop-top is far from pristine, but it's an all-original and somewhat unmolested car; it also sports a rare color, engine, and transmission combo

 
1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Saved After Being Stored Since 1979, Is an Original 428
1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Saved After Being Stored Since 1979, Is an Original 428

13 May 2021, 19:00 UTC · By: Dragos Chitulescu / How would you feel if you stumbled upon an original 428 Cobra Jet Mustang from the '60s that has been in storage for 40 years?