2015 Ford Mustang GT: Automotive History and Passion
March 19, 2015
Ford has been building the Mustang since 1964. It says so right on the dash of our 2015 Ford Mustang GT, just in case you forget. That's a lot of history. American history. Pony car history. Our long-term is the newest of the breed. But it's also a social magnet. Take a drive in a new Mustang and be prepared to have strangers come up to you and want to talk.
They will want to talk about Mustangs, of course. But what's interesting to me is that it's not necessarily about the automotive geeky stuff. Drive a new exotic sports car around and you'll hear a lot of questions like, "How fast is it?" or "How much horsepower does it have?" But there's no sense of familiarity because few people have actually driven a Ferrari, for example. But a Mustang? Just about everybody is going to have a story.
A few days ago I was out in front of my house mowing the lawn when a neighbor comes by. He hadn't expressed an interest in other test cars I'd parked on my driveway, but our new Mustang was different. He told me he used to own a 2003 Mustang Cobra but he had to sell it when his kids were first born. He said he loved that car and wishes he could have found a way to keep it.
On another day I was buying groceries at the supermarket. A young woman probably in her early 20s was bagging and out of the blue she said, "Hey, you're the guy with the new Mustang out front, right?" She had seen me park earlier. I learned that her boyfriend has a "Five-Oh," that she likes driving it, and her boyfriend is lusting after the new Mustang body style.
Then there was the early evening I parked in front of a restaurant with the Mustang to pick up some take-out food. "Nice Mustang," I heard behind me. Another older guy had just parked his F-150 Raptor. So we talked about the Mustang some. He owned several Mustangs through the years, he said. Next up for him could be the new GT350.
There are other cars that have sold in more numbers than the Mustang, and there could very well be a collection of owners who are more passionate about their particular make of car than the Mustang. But for a combination of two, I'd argue that the Mustang is right at the pinnacle of the American car experience.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 3,706 miles