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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.

Tuned 2018 Shelby Mustang GT350 Is on Its Third Engine, Looking for a New Home
Tuned 2018 Shelby Mustang GT350 Is on Its Third Engine, Looking for a New Home

31 May 2021, 20:01 UTC / If you're going to play with matches, you might end up with a burn, but seeing the specs on this Shelby GT350 is enough to make you wonder how fast it can go

 
Modified 1965 Ford Mustang Is a Shelby GT350 Racer in Disguise, Needs a New Home
Modified 1965 Ford Mustang Is a Shelby GT350 Racer in Disguise, Needs a New Home

31 May 2021, 19:35 UTC / Can't afford an original 1965 Shelby GT350 race car? This highly modified first-gen Mustang might be the vintage track-day pony you've been looking for

 
Procharged Ford Mustang Drag Races Tesla Model S, Packs a Nitrous Surprise
Procharged Ford Mustang Drag Races Tesla Model S, Packs a Nitrous Surprise

31 May 2021, 16:28 UTC / This is a Tesla Model S Raven, the quickest model available to date, albeit with the crown set to go to the Plaid once deliveries kick off next month

 
1977 Ford Mustang II Mach 1 Is That Understated Restomod You'll Never See Coming
1977 Ford Mustang II Mach 1 Is That Understated Restomod You'll Never See Coming

31 May 2021, 13:32 UTC / It's up for sale on eBay on dealer consignment from the folks over at MotoeXotica and comes with a curious blend of original elements backed by lots of oomph

 
Classic Ford Mustang With “Choko Mamba Kit” Virtual Restomod Begs to Be Made
Classic Ford Mustang With “Choko Mamba Kit” Virtual Restomod Begs to Be Made

31 May 2021, 12:48 UTC / Pixel master Rostislav Prokop has decided to go old school once more, focusing on the original 1965-1973 Mustang and dressing it up for a CGI restomod party

 
2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Dyno Run Ends With 409 HP at the Wheels
2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Dyno Run Ends With 409 HP at the Wheels

31 May 2021, 10:20 UTC / Typical of a DOHC engine and a well-sorted automatic transmission, the 10AT Mach 1 develops very good output figures at the wheels

 
1969–1970 Mustang Boss 429: The Epic Road-Legal Pony Car With a NASCAR Engine
1969–1970 Mustang Boss 429: The Epic Road-Legal Pony Car With a NASCAR Engine

31 May 2021, 08:18 UTC / Ford created many high-performance variants of the Mustang during the first generation, yet the most impressive of them all was arguably the Boss 429

 
8.2 Deck Small Block 1994 Ford Mustang Looks Cool While Gapping Vintage Camaro
8.2 Deck Small Block 1994 Ford Mustang Looks Cool While Gapping Vintage Camaro

31 May 2021, 07:47 UTC / Although it's “merely” a single turbo setup, the intricate tuning details are worthy of that exposed engine assembly proudly shown by the Mustang GT

 
1969–1970 Mustang Boss 302: The Story of Ford’s Iconic Z28 Camaro-Killer
1969–1970 Mustang Boss 302: The Story of Ford’s Iconic Z28 Camaro-Killer

31 May 2021, 07:38 UTC / To win the pony car war of the late '60s, Chevy released the Z28 Camaro, while Ford answered with the Boss 302, one of the most iconic Mustangs ever built

 
1965 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 Restomod Blends Trans-Am Looks With 535-HP Engine
1965 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 Restomod Blends Trans-Am Looks With 535-HP Engine

30 May 2021, 16:14 UTC / One of the most tastefully-modified GT350s out there, this $200,000-plus build can be yours for $169,000 with less than 1,600 miles on the clock

 
1978 Ford Mustang Is a Proper Muscle Car, Packs 400-HP Surprise Under the Hood
1978 Ford Mustang Is a Proper Muscle Car, Packs 400-HP Surprise Under the Hood

29 May 2021, 20:25 UTC / This 1978 Mustang II is the perfect example of how you can turn an underpowered second-gen pony into a proper muscle car

 
1967 GT500 Super Snake: The Tale of a Pony Car With a Le Mans-Winning Heart
1967 GT500 Super Snake: The Tale of a Pony Car With a Le Mans-Winning Heart

29 May 2021, 13:50 UTC / In 1967, Shelby American built a crazy one-off version of their new GT500 that was fitted with skinny economy tires and a slightly-modified Ford GT40 engine.

 
Looking To Buy a Used Fifth Generation Mustang? These Are the Most Common Issues
Looking To Buy a Used Fifth Generation Mustang? These Are the Most Common Issues

29 May 2021, 12:36 UTC / If you're looking for a used sports car, the fifth generation Mustang is an awesome choice but make sure you watch out for these five common issues.

 
1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302 Shows Beautiful Patina, Has Only 22,863 Miles
1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302 Shows Beautiful Patina, Has Only 22,863 Miles

28 May 2021, 23:07 UTC / If you had $119,900 to burn on a Mustang, would you choose this irresistible Boss 302 from the 1970 model year over a brand-new, fully-loaded GT500?

 
2015 - 2017 Ford Mustang Lawsuit Filed Over Allegedly Defective Wiring Harness
2015 - 2017 Ford Mustang Lawsuit Filed Over Allegedly Defective Wiring Harness

28 May 2021, 16:52 UTC / If you own a 2015 - 2017 Ford Mustang and the rearview camera gave up the ghost on you, the following lawsuit may be right up your alley

 
Ford Mustang Mach 1 Globetrotting Saga Continues, Reaches Argentina for $106,200
Ford Mustang Mach 1 Globetrotting Saga Continues, Reaches Argentina for $106,200

28 May 2021, 13:48 UTC / We thought Mustang Mach 1 pricing was hectic across the Atlantic Ocean in the UK and Europe, but it goes even wilder in South America

 
One-of-Three 1995 Saleen S-351 Mustang Convertible Was Seldom Used and It Shows
One-of-Three 1995 Saleen S-351 Mustang Convertible Was Seldom Used and It Shows

28 May 2021, 12:55 UTC / With just 18,000 actual miles (almost 29,000 km), this rare-optioned Saleen S-351 Ford Mustang is ready to make a lot more road trips alongside a new owner

 
1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 Is All Right Inside, Impressive Outside
1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 Is All Right Inside, Impressive Outside

28 May 2021, 09:20 UTC / 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 takes its Wimbledon White exterior and all original interior to Las Vegas, where it hopes to sell for big bucks

 
Nitrous Ford Mustang Meets Turbo Sibling at the Strip, a Chevy S10 Intervenes
Nitrous Ford Mustang Meets Turbo Sibling at the Strip, a Chevy S10 Intervenes

28 May 2021, 08:08 UTC / Recent videos from the “National No Prep Racing Association” YT channel show a couple of quarter-mile brawls that don't feature the winner you expected

 
1965 Ford Mustang Still Rocks, 25 Years After Restoration and 56 Years Since New
1965 Ford Mustang Still Rocks, 25 Years After Restoration and 56 Years Since New

27 May 2021, 14:43 UTC / This 56-year old Ford Mustang was restored more than 25 years ago, yet still manages to snatch more than expected at auction