Ford Mustang 289 Convertible
When it comes to game changing cars, Ford’s Mustang is right up there with the Volkswagen Beetle and the Pontiac GTO. These cars hit the market and instantly defined a new category, which they went on to dominate for years. It didn’t hurt that the Mustang was relatively inexpensive, extremely good looking, and depending upon budget or inclination, could be outfitted as anything from an economy car with a straight-six to a fire breathing 289 in a variety of tunes or levels of luxury.
As the other car companies responded, Mustang became the leader of the new “Pony Car” segment, although the Plymouth Barracuda actually beat it to market. In time, Camaro, Firebird, Mercury Cougar, AMC Javelin, Plymouth ‘Cuda’, and Dodge Challengers were all players in a very lucrative market. But, from day one, they were all playing catch up to Ford’s Mustang, which found as much success on the race track as it did on the street.
Part of the RM Auctions event in London, October, 2012.
271 hp, 289 cu. in. V-8 engine, four-barrel carburettor, automatic transmission, independent front suspension, live rear axle, and four-wheel power assisted drum brakes. Wheelbase: 108 in.
Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Simon Clay