car built by FoMoCo in the early 60s often mis-characterized as a "muscle car". Originally marketed to teenage drivers not interested in performance, but didn't want to drive their father's land yacht, either. Being
the 60s, though, performance tuners such as Carrol Shelby made small cars
and so a tiny handful of "High Performance" Mustangs from
the 60s do exist. However, even a factory
Boss 429 ranks alongside a more common Pontiac GTO of the same
year in terms
of performance, but cost more than twice as much, and is now so rare that
if you see one, it is likely parked behind
a rope in a museum. Ford
to perform on the track, not the street.
Thanks to its lack
of performance, however, it managed to survive the 70s that killed
off so many of its muscle car cousins and struggled back to its former glory
in the 1980s when 302s were considered
big, powerful engines. Thanks to advances in technology and lower performance standards, Mustangs
to be the standard bearer of the glory
days of Detroit Muscle, spawning other ugly
such as the new Camaro and Challenger.
"That guy's got a '65 Mustang. He must be a real stud!"
"Not really, my mom drove one of those in high school."
"What is that, a 302 in your Mustang? How cute!"