Ford Mustang 40th Anniversary

From Ford press: Mustang’s rich performance heritage and distinct styling have made it the top-selling sports car for 17 years straight. With its 40th anniversary on April 17, 2004, the original pony car keeps getting better.

With its low profile, long hood and short rear deck, the first Mustang promised affordable performance, style and enough options for buyers to express their own personalities. The original Mustang is still considered one of the greatest automotive success stories of all time, accounting for more than 8 million sales since introduction.

Today, Mustang’s heritage in performance and design translates into unmatched owner loyalty and sales results in the hotly contested small-specialty segment. The legendary Mustang is a preferred racer on local tracks all over the country. For 2004, Ford is fanning the flames of enthusiasm with two special-edition Mustangs – the 40th Anniversary Package and the return of the Mach 1 performance model.

The Ford Mustang also combines with its Thunderbird stablemate to make Ford Division the convertible sales leader – the brand accounts for almost a third more convertible sales than the next leading competitor.

Mustang comes in Standard, Deluxe and Premium packages in a choice of coupe or convertible with a V-6 or V-8 engine mated to automatic or five-speed manual transmissions. It is built in Dearborn, Mich.

In anticipation of next year’s milestone, every 2004 Mustang will have 40th Anniversary badges on the front fenders. The all-new 40th Anniversary Package offers performance-oriented exterior and interior upgrades to V-6 and GT models. Exterior enhancements include Arizona Beige Metallic performance stripes on the hood, lower rocker panels and decklid complemented by upgraded wheels (16-inch for the V-6 and 17-inch Bullitt wheels for the GT) with a special Arizona Beige Metallic accent.

The special 40th Anniversary models are available in an exclusive Crimson Red exterior, as well as Black and Oxford White, with body-colored, fold-in side mirrors and a Medium Parchment interior. The cars offer as standard the interior upgrade package that includes a four-way head restraint, painted center console surround and shifter bezel in metallic gray, along with brushed aluminum door lock knobs, shift boot trim ring and pedals. The special interior also includes unique floor mats with an embroidered 40th Anniversary logo and a matching badge on the center console. Convertible models offer an upgraded Medium Parchment soft retractable top that’s more durable and sound resistant. These limited-edition models will be available at the beginning of the 2004 model year.

The standard Mustang engine is a 3.8-liter OHV V-6, producing 193 horsepower and 225 foot-pounds of torque. The engine features split-port induction, which helps optimize fuel economy, along with enhanced-flow cylinder heads and anti-friction piston coatings.

GT models have a standard 4.6-liter SOHC V-8 that produces 260 horsepower at 5,250 rpm and 302 foot-pounds of torque at 4,000 rpm. The engine features large valves, equal-length intake manifold runners and cams with high lift and long duration to maximize engine air intake for increased horsepower. A coil-on-plug ignition system provides improved ignition control for more consistent starting. Combustion chambers are shaped for optimum power and fuel efficiency, and aluminum upper main, upper thrust and rod bearings help improve engine durability.

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