Classic Mustangs – A Quick Guide

What are classic Mustangs? They’re considered the best Mustangs around! However, for a more informative take on the question, classic Mustangs are simply first generation Ford Mustangs that were manufactured between the years 1964 through 1973.

If you happen to have an old Ford Mustang made between those years, it’s considered a classic first generation model. Considered the first “pony car”, these classic cars were fostered with a compact, economical and stylish design, in addition to a performance based or sporty persona.

Classic Mustangs were first introduced as convertibles and hardtops; the fastback version of the cars went on sale immediately following the introduction of the previous makes. During this time, Mustangs were considered compact cars. However, once these Mustangs were revised during the following years, they gained increases in their overall size and engine power.

The very first manufactured Mustangs were marketed as the early 1965 models, however they’re also called “1964 1/2” models due to significant revisions taking place at the start of its model year. Available as either an coupe or convertible, the 1964/1965 Mustang housed a base 170-cubic inch six-cylinder engine, in addition to a 3-speed transmission in floor shift form.

Its optional hardware included a 260-cubic inch V-8 engine and a 4-speed manual form transmission or 3-speed automatic transmission, affectionately known as “Cruise-o-Matic.”

At the time, the base price for classic Mustangs started at around $2,000 brand new. Ford sold over 400,000 of these classic Mustangs  throughout its twelve month debut year.

But, what if you want to buy a classic Mustang now? Before searching through Mustang classifieds, you need to do research first. Researching the kinds of classic Ford Mustangs you can buy will save you a lot of headaches in the future.

To get started, look for the place that’s selling your classic Mustang of choice. There’s many Mustang classifieds out there, commonly on the Internet or in the newspaper. You’ll be able to find classic Mustangs ranging from the 1964/1965 models to the 1969 Mustang Boss 302, which happened to be revived for the 2013 model year.

Simple car buying research starts with consulting a reliable offline or online reference, where the pricing and general information about a classic Mustang resides. If you’ve found that classic Mustang that you can’t stop looking at, be sure to contact the seller before negotiating any kind of deal to avoid potential conflicts.

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