The Ford Mustang was first shown to the public at the 1964 World's Fair in New York City. Five decades later – almost to the day – Ford has rolled out its 2015 Mustang 50 Year Limited Edition at the New York Auto Show. Limited to just 1,964 examples, the rear-wheel drive coupes (no convertible has been announced) are based on the all-new 2015 Mustang GT fastback with performance pack. The standard equipment list is long, with buyers only offered a choice of color (Wimbledon White or Kona Blue) and transmission (a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic).

The exterior is distinguished with discreet chrome highlights and louvered rear quarter windows, something that won't be found on any other models. Other touches include a faux gas cap badge on the rear fascia. Inside the cabin, owners will find a cashmere-stitched, leather-wrapped steering wheel, with the same appointments carried to the instrument panel, shifter boot, center armrest, door inserts and seats. The front buckets are upholstered in two-tone cashmere and black leather, with the obligatory 50th logo on the seat backs.

As is only fitting, under the hood is a 5.0-liter V8, delivering 420 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque. Other enhancements, which are standard fare on Performance Package Mustang GT models, include six-piston Brembo front brakes, 19-inch alloys and high-performance summer rubber. Mustang enthusiasts will note that the 50 Year Limited Edition model marks the first time Ford is offering its Performance Package with an automatic gearbox.

Ford has said that the limited edition models will be some of the first off the assembly line when 2015 production begins later this year, so if you're interested, you might want to start hounding your dealer for an allocation today.
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Ford Pays Homage to Five Decades of the World's Favorite Pony Car with Mustang 50 Year Limited Edition

- The 50 Year Limited Edition builds on the all-new 2015 Ford Mustang GT fastback and will be available in either Wimbledon White or Kona Blue

- Special-edition Mustang comes standard with nearly every available option; the only choice customers have to make is color, and manual or automatic transmission

- 2015 Mustang 50 Year Limited Edition will be available in fall 2014; only 1,964 examples will ever be built


NEW YORK, April 16, 2014 – Fifty years after debuting one of the world's most popular cars, Ford is marking the milestone by revealing a Mustang 50 Year Limited Edition. Created to honor five decades of Mustang heritage, only 1,964 examples of the 50 Year Limited Edition will ever be built when it goes on sale this fall.

"When Mustang was approved for development more than 50 years ago, I don't think anyone imagined it would spawn such a dedicated base of fans around the world and still be in production today," said Bill Ford, executive chairman, Ford Motor Company. "We are thrilled to be here in New York – where Mustang was first shown to the public at the 1964 World's Fair – to re-create that historic event for today's Mustang enthusiasts."

Based on the all-new 2015 Mustang GT fastback with performance pack, the 50 Year Limited Edition is designed to provide customers with outstanding performance and a unique appearance that will be instantly recognizable on the road. The only options for the 50 Year Limited Edition are the choice of two exclusive colors and a six-speed manual or automatic transmission.
50 years of inspiration

"The new Mustang blends a muscular, contemporary shape with design cues that define it as quintessentially Mustang," said Moray Callum, Ford vice president of design. "The 50 Year Limited Edition adds details that set it apart from other Mustangs, while hearkening back to the 1965 original."

The only two available colors are Wimbledon White, like Mustang serial No. 0001 that was first sold to Capt. Stanley Tucker in April 1964, or Kona Blue. Both are exclusive to this limited- edition car.

"Chrome trim was much more prevalent on cars in the 1960s than it is today, so we added some discreet highlights for the grille, side glass and tri-bar taillamps," said Callum. "The darker Kona Blue provides a particularly striking contrast against the chrome."

Chrome bezels surrounding the base of each of the three taillamp blades take inspiration from the original 1962 design proposal by Gale Halderman that became the basis for the production model that debuted in 1964. The three individual lamps on each side of that design were combined into a single tri-bar lamp cluster for production, but the original concept has returned five decades on. The Mustang 50 Year Limited Edition will be the only 2015 model with the large faux gas cap badge on the rear fascia, with 50 Years added to the GT designation.

Another visual element that won't be found on any other Mustang is the louvered rear quarter- windows. Unlike the external louvers on the quarter-windows of the 1965 fastback, the new windows are comprised of layered sheets of glass built with a construction technique uniquely developed for this car.

Unique cockpit experience

From behind the wheel, drivers will know they are driving a very special car. The aluminum trim panel that spans the double-brow instrument panel gets an axel spin finish different from other 2015 Mustangs, plus a special serialized 50 Year Limited Edition badge on the passenger side. Each badge will be individually etched at Flat Rock Assembly Plant where Mustang is built.

The limited-edition is the only 2015 Mustang with a cashmere-stitched, leather-wrapped steering wheel. The stitching is also used on the instrument panel, shifter boot, center armrest, door inserts and seats. The seats feature exclusive two-tone cashmere and black leather upholstery, and the Mustang 50 Year logo on the seat backs.

Limited-edition cars will be equipped with loop-carpet floor mats with cashmere stitching and suede binding not available on other Mustangs.

A showpiece meant to be driven

"Mustang fans love to drive their cars, even the rarer examples of the breed, so we built this limited-edition from the best-performing 2015 Mustang available – the GT fastback with the performance pack," said Dave Pericak, Mustang chief engineer. "While some collectors will undoubtedly stash this car away in a museum, those who choose to hit the open road will get a world-class sports car that can run with the best."

Powered by the upgraded 5.0-liter V8 engine delivering more than 420 horsepower and 390 lb.- ft. of torque, every 50 Year Limited Edition will be equipped with the Mustang GT performance pack that includes massive six-piston Brembo front brakes and 19-inch alloy wheels with high- performance Y-speed-rated Pirelli P-Zero summer tires.

The 19-inch alloy wheels feature a unique Y-spoke design inspired by the chromed steel wheels that were offered on the original Mustang 50 years ago. The front wheels are 9.0 inches wide with 255/40R tires, while the staggered rear wheels are 9.5 inches wide with 275/40R tires.

The 50 Year Limited Edition is the only 2015 Mustang that will be available with a combination of an automatic transmission and the performance pack. When equipped with the six-speed automatic transmission, the Mustang 50 Year Limited Edition will get a limited-slip rear differential with a 3.55:1 final-drive. Customers who opt for the six-speed manual will get a Torsen differential with a 3.73:1 final-drive ratio.

The 50 Year Limited Edition car will be among the first 2015 Mustangs built when production begins later this year. Each of the 1,964 50 Year Limited Edition Mustangs will get a unique owner's guide in a leather portfolio with the 50 Year badge on the outside.

"We wanted to provide our most dedicated fans with the emotion of the original Mustang in a 21st century car," said Ford. "With this 50 Year Limited Edition, I believe we have accomplished our goal."


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      sampson
      • 8 Months Ago
      maybe the front end just needs to be lowered half an inch or so...
      Avinash Machado
      • 8 Months Ago
      Lovely car.
      Biff Tannen
      • 8 Months Ago
      I just threw up in my mouth
      car-a-holic
      • 8 Months Ago
      Is there a bad angle on this car? I love it!
        EvilTollMan
        • 8 Months Ago
        @car-a-holic
        Not sure how I feel about the tall front overhang... I get that it is probably for pedestrian safety but it looks awkward..
        dadslife83
        • 8 Months Ago
        @car-a-holic
        Love it too! The 3/4 rear view shows a light and agile stance, very unique. Still a homerun in any color.
        CoffeeJedi
        • 8 Months Ago
        @car-a-holic
        I'd say that first image is a bad angle, it has a bit of a BMW clown-shoe feel. Luckily the other angles show off the hood much more accurately.
      Jesus!
      • 8 Months Ago
      Such an ugly car. And wouldn't the 2014 model be the 50th? This would be the 51st!
        ozric427
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Jesus!
        The Ford Mustang was brought out five months before the normal start of the 1965 production year. The earliest versions are often referred to as 1964½ models, but VIN coded by Ford and titled as 1965 models[8] with production beginning in Dearborn, Michigan on March 9, 1964[9] and the new car was introduced to the public on April 17, 1964[10] at the New York World's Fair
          Jesus!
          • 8 Months Ago
          @ozric427
          I always thought there were actual 64 1/2s. Never knew they were titled 65 only. My mistake!
        Jesus!
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Jesus!
        Exp we shall see how well it sells. Its even uglier in person. I see quite a few real Mustang fans are not happy with it.
          Jesus!
          • 8 Months Ago
          @Jesus!
          EXP look up above. Plenty think this car is hideous and ugly. Have you owned any Mustangs sir?
          EXP Jawa
          • 8 Months Ago
          @Jesus!
          So says you. I've seen it in person as well, and thought it was quite sharp. I see quite a few real Mustang fans agree. We'll see in sales numbers, I suppose. But frankly, having followed this development from the very beginning, the most of the negative posts that I recall were yours...
      Chris Burns
      • 8 Months Ago
      hideous
      csrecord
      • 8 Months Ago
      Ugly is right. No more Mistangs for me.
        car-a-holic
        • 8 Months Ago
        @csrecord
        Maybe your getting long in the tooth to be yearning for innovative design evolutions?? It's a real thing for many mustang fans. We all got our favs, but has age stamped to many as untrainable or impossible to adapt to change??? Just an honest thought.....
        Jesus!
        • 8 Months Ago
        @csrecord
        Me either!
      Lucky Stars
      • 8 Months Ago
      Based on pictures I am dissappointed with this effort still looks too much like a retro car and last years model. Look if you want to go retro just make the exact same car as 1966-68. Just add safety and modern running gear. I would buy that! People are paying 50,000 to 100,000 or more to restore and restomod mustangs to modern specs. Why because that was the best mustang! They should of went with a fresh clean slate. Still of all the modern mustangs this is better looking then some, along with the fox body which was the best of the modern takes. I will not be buying one of these and count me as dissappointed, this is still hillbilly and blue collar for the masses.
        car-a-holic
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Lucky Stars
        Yea because I want a mustang that looks like a Camry. They did do just what you suggested now you don't want it? Do you even know what you want? Do you even comprehend all the restrictions, regulations and safety updates required for a new car? (Makes the 1964 impossible to reproduce, you know cause you want improvements) You will never get what you want 1)because you don't know what you want ,2) they give you what you asked AND you still don't know it when u see it. Plenty upon plenty will buy it. It might be the best selling mustangs since the Fox body. And a question; why do pinheads beat on cars like this yet never beat on the comparable formulas used by Nissan, or Porsche, or as seen in the corvette or even the late ford GT? Because you don't get it. Go buy a restomod classic, be quiet or just settle for your Camry.(same formula there too yet you still don't complain?) what gives?? Ugh!!!
        Sean
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Lucky Stars
        Really? I think they abandoned a lot of the stale queues (like the split DLO and chunky body work). It's athletic looking but still retains the Mustang vibe; this is still a Mustang in the end. The profile and rear are perfect in my eyes. I think the one thing that could've been executed better is the front surfacing. The edges could be more chamfered, and the intake design is a little anonymous and convoluted, but it's not off-putting at least.
        Chris
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Lucky Stars
        So express your admiration for the first Mustang, and then turn around and call this one too "blue collar" and "hillbilly"? I wasn't aware that the Mustang was ever the car of choice for blue bloods. Seriously, the Mustang is what it always has been, and should be. The way you contradict yourself in your post tells me you either don't know what you're talking about, or are just looking for a reason to criticize this car.
      Philippe Frechette
      • 8 Months Ago
      The more I see the 2015, the more I like my 2013. There is something wrong with the design of the 2015, I can't find what it is but I suspect it's the side view proportions and the Fusion headlamps. All the comments of people who hate the new design are from actual Mustang owners and enthusiasts and the people who like it are people who never own a mustang before. Ford should have give this car a new name like the Falcon to offer it to new buyers and keep a more classic looking model for the mustang. Hope the mid-life redesign in 5 years will look better, my 2013 won't last forever.
        Sean
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Philippe Frechette
        Someone tried making a similar point to yours in a Mustang unveiling article on this site a while ago. He stated that the new design is turning away previous Mustang buyers and others that haven't owned a prior Stang won't be interested in this 6G. I've never been a prior owner, but I'm essentially dead-set on pulling the trigger on one of these. I've been stalking the Mustang6G forums for the past few months trying to get as much information as possible on this thing. I think it's gorgeous. I was always a prospective Mustang buyer, especially after the MY-S197 received the Coyote and various upgrades, but it never was enough to make me want to sign. It was partly down to the design along with the "just passable" interior, and things like a non-telescoping tiller were complete deal breakers for me. This "fixes" everything that I didn't like about the S197. The deeply sculpted bodywork, tasteful black ground effects (not just shapeless slabs of dark plastic), and revised brightwork all shake away the gimmicky retro-ness and make it something that looks convincing and polished. At least to me. I think this will attract a larger demographic. My one reservation is that I might wait for the 2016. I'm afraid of missing out on any potential upgrades, like DI and the hinted idea that the 6MT will be replaced with a more effective/enjoyable unit. Time will tell. I'd just hate to fall in the same camp as people that went and bought a 2010 model year Mustang.
          Gorgenapper
          • 8 Months Ago
          @Sean
          I'm waiting for the 2017 model year before I think about buying. 2 years to work out the kinks.
        prince_david
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Philippe Frechette
        2005-2009 still look better than all these.
        Jesus!
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Philippe Frechette
        Its the elongated nose that looks like the very front of it is going over a waterfall. The headlights are pushed too far back, the sides look like a Honda Accord, and the rear looks saggy like that mile wide black plastic and tail lights are melting and sliding downward.
      XEVIOUS
      • 8 Months Ago
      The other thing people are having a problem with is simply the headlights. Theres one very bad design desision with the headlights and thats how the main lamps are pushed furthest out from the center of the car. It gives the appearance of a person with outstretched eyes. wierd!. the main lamps shouldve been furthers inwards or centered. The other issue is the how the edge of each headlight sweeps upwards opposed to traditionally downwards. this may not seem like much but it an intergral part to Mustangs identity. Ultimately i wish the car was more sleek in the frontal region. its hood is still too tall. Ford shouldve kept mustang design its own unique property, and not try to fuse its looks with other ford models whos looks get dated very quickly. again, one only has to look at the new corvette to see what was done rite!. and thats a huge compliment for GM which is almost always terrible at design.
        Jesus!
        • 8 Months Ago
        @XEVIOUS
        I agree the front end just looks too overdone and odd. I wish they would have kept the evos out if the Mustang.
      nomadsto
      • 8 Months Ago
      No wonder Chevy was so magnanimous in wishing Mustang a happy anniversary, against this fugly design their sales can only increase.
        Lachmund
        • 8 Months Ago
        @nomadsto
        haha that sarcasm
        Chris
        • 8 Months Ago
        @nomadsto
        And this folks is your brain on drugs. ^^ Time to remove the Chevy fanboy glasses man. Play time is over.
      RetrogradE
      • 8 Months Ago
      Finally, a readable article on the AB! The car is nasty, though.
        ponycargt
        • 8 Months Ago
        @RetrogradE
        There should be no comma in the sentence you wrote.
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