Ford Mustang 50 Year Limited Edition
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28th April, 2014
- The 50 Year Limited Edition builds on the all-new 2015 Ford Mustang GT fastback
- Available in either Wimbledon White or Kona Blue
- Special-edition Mustang comes standard with nearly every available option
- Customer choices restricted to colour and transmission
- 2015 Mustang 50 Year Limited Edition will be available in North America Q3 2014
- Only 1,964 examples will ever be made
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. Made to honour five decades of Mustang heritage, only 1964 examples of the 50 Year Limited
Edition will ever be built.
“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 earlier this month. “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 Ford 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 recognisable on the road.
The only options for the 50 Year Limited Edition are the choice of two exclusive colours and a six-speed manual or
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 harkening back to the 1965 original.”
The only two available colours are Wimbledon White, like Mustang serial number 0001 that was first sold to Capt.
Stanley Tucker in April 1964, or Kona Blue. Both colours 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 tail lamps,” said Callum. “The darker Kona Blue provides a particularly
striking contrast against the chrome.”
Chrome bezels surrounding the base of each of the three tail lamp 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
fuel 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 louvres 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 aluminium trim panel that spans the
double-brow instrument panel gets an axel spin finish different from other 2015 Mustangs, plus a special serialised 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 50 Year 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, centre 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
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“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-litre 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 tyres.
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 tyres, while the staggered rear wheels
are 9.5 inches wide with 275/40R tyres.
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 choose 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 in
Michigan. 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.”
To date, over 9.2 million Ford Mustangs have been manufactured.
Although the Mustang GT 50 Year Limited Edition won't be coming to our shores,
Ford Australia will
release a range of Mustang models locally in 2015.