The Ford Mustang debuted on April 17, 1964, and quickly became one of the company’s most successful model launches in over 30 years. It’s a generational icon of Americana, and its story is still going strong today. But much like the Mustang’s exterior, which has changed a lot over its 54-year run, the interior has seen its fair share of changes, as well. Our friends at Budget Direct came up with a series of sketches that show how the Mustang’s interior has evolved since its introduction for the 1965 model year.
Today’s Mustang interior may feel modern with its soft-touch materials, high-quality brightwork, a plethora of digital screens, and endless technologies, but the look is unmistakably Mustang. Ford has used the double brow design, first introduced with on the original Mustang, since it began its retro revival with the fifth-generation offering for the 2005 model year. But the design hasn’t been around forever.
The double brow disappeared when the Mustang entered its second generation for the 1974 model year. The Mustang’s interior took on a more driver-oriented approach, though only slightly so. The second- and third-generation (Fox Body) Mustang look drab by comparison. Ford discarded the symmetrical interior for nearly 20 years before it returned with the fourth-generation Mustang in 1994 in the form of a double arch. It wasn’t the same double-brow design pioneered by the original Mustang, but it was similar enough.
Since 2005, Ford has continued to refine the double-brow design, maintaining the look through the current sixth-generation Pony Car. It has a ton more technology than ever before with screens in the instrument cluster and dashboard. Each sketch looks back at a different Mustang era while also providing a peek at the pop culture of the time with various music albums and mediums represented.