I’ve never owned a Ford Mustang. The closest I ever got came when I was shopping for my first car — I took a look at a red ’88 GT five-speed. I was also cross-shopping old E30s … and ultimately wound up with a hand-me-down ’87 Corolla.
It was probably for the best. Even though my current sedan is faster than that 4.9-liter Mustang was, I probably would have killed myself while driving it … but damn, it would have been sweet to have owned that thing at 16.
The Mustang, love it or hate it, is pushing 50 — five decades of having one nameplate. And for many of those years, the Mustang name has been attached to a good looking, quick car.
Sure, the Mustang II and the 4-cylinder Fox platform cars of the ’80s and ’90s were blemishes on the face of the brand, but words like Cobra, Boss, Bullitt and Terminator help tip the scales in the other direction.
(And who wouldn’t want to own a mythical horse-snake?)
Considering its age, the car hasn’t been through too many makeovers. It’s been recognizable in each generation, and the car has been deemed generally good looking (again) after the launch of the SN95 Mustang in 1994, which helped usher in a wave of retro cues.
This week, Ford released photos of what the public didn’t get — old concept car designs that fell on the editing room floor. Some are clean (the Mach I), some are bizarrely futuristic (the Mustang Milano), and some are just plain terrible (one of them has four doors).
Check out the photos and captions above and weigh in on your favorite.