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Prize Horses: The Ford Mustang Legacy

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When the original Ford Mustang debuted on April 17, 1964 as a 1965 model year, Ford’s ambitions were measured, as was the general demand for sporty coupes. The Blue Oval brand estimated 100,000 units would be sold across the first model year, but when 22,000 Mustangs were ordered in the first week alone, a legend was born. That heritage endures 55 years later with the arrival of the 2020 Ford Mustang at Boulevard Ford of Lewes. Though the Ford Mustang’s roots reflect a time of great cultural and political change in the United States, there was one thing almost everyone in that era could agree upon: the “1964½” Ford Mustang was a watershed moment for style and substance in American coupes. 

By the end of the original Mustang’s first year on the market, a staggering 417,000 units had been sold, and the iconic coupe was starring in some of Hollywood’s biggest films and had become a national sensation. Your local Ford dealer in Delaware invites you to come and celebrate the Ford Mustang’s 55th birthday, and learn more about the baddest Ford Mustang of them all: The Ford Shelby Mustang.

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Following the wildly successful launch of the Ford Mustang, immediate attention was paid to the future, particularly the performance aspirations. Ford Mustang developer Lee Iacocca turned to the famous racer and entrepreneur Carroll Shelby with a proposal to turn the Ford Mustang into a mass-produced automobile ready for the track. After approval from the Sports Car Club of America, the 1965 Ford Shelby Mustang GT350 was entered into a B Production race, and the 289-cubic inch, 306-horsepower engine catapulted this relatively lightweight coupe to domination across its class the next three years. 

Briskly advancing through the year-by-year history of the Mustang, revised models followed close behind, including the 1967 Ford Shelby Mustang GT500, boasting a 427 cubic inch V8. Around 2,000 of these highly sought after Ford Shelby Mustang models were rolled off the assembly lines and one was even featured in the 2000 heist film Gone In 60 Seconds as the desirable and elusive “Eleanor”, keeping the legacy alive and well three-plus decades after the official release. Other iterations of high-performance models dotted the landscape into the modern era, including the re-introduction of V8 models following the gasoline crisis in the 1970s, the 1993 SVT Mustang Cobra developed by Ford’s own Special Vehicle Team, to the stripped-down and track-ready 2000 Mustang Cobra R. It wasn’t until 2007 that the Carroll Shelby-branded Ford Mustang made a triumphant return following decades of hard feelings between Ford Motor Company and the household name. Dubbed the 2007 Ford Shelby GT500, this high-powered Mustang was fitted with a supercharged 5.4L V8 motor that churned out an even 500 horsepower. Begining in 2015 was the sixth and current generation of the Ford Mustang, and with it came a brand-new look, the four-cylinder, turbocharged EcoBoost engine, and all the modern goodies. A year into the current cycle, the 2016 Shelby GT350 and GT350R debuted, featuring a 5.2L Flat Plane Crank V8 engine that produced 526 horsepower and 429 lb.-ft. of torque. The GT350R was particularly adept on the racetrack while shedding many of the daily-driver proclivities. In 2018, a mid-generation revamp took place, and the buzz began building toward a brand-new Ford Mustang Shelby.

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That buzz is now a palpable crescendo and overtaking your Milford Ford destination, as the 2020 Ford Mustang lineup will feature the monstrous 2020 Ford Shelby Mustang GT500, set to launch this fall at your local Ford dealer in Delaware. The latest Mustang GT500 deploys a 5.2L Supercharged Cross Plane Crank V8 powerplant building to an astounding 760 horsepower at a screaming 7,500 RPM, along with 625 lb.-ft. of torque that will reportedly launch this supercar to 60 MPH in under 3 seconds.  This is not a bare-bones, race-ready car masquerading as something else. The 2020 Ford Shelby Mustang GT500 will come equipped with many modern amenities such as a 12-inch LCD Instrument Cluster, Leather-trimmed Miko® Suede Sport Seats with the option to upgrade to Recaro® racing seats, and even an available B&O Sound System by Bang and Olufsen with 12 speakers and a subwoofer in the trunk. If the GT500 is a little too much horse for you to handle, maybe the decidedly “tame” (by comparison) 2020 Ford Shelby Mustang GT350 will hit all the right notes. Similar to the 2016 model, the 2020 Ford Shelby Mustang GT350 boasts the same 5.2L Flat Plane Crank V8 found in the previous rendition. The Ford Shelby Mustang GT350R is also offered in the 2020 lineup, for those more interested in showing off more on the track than the turnpike.

The Ford Mustang story is still being written, but it’s time for you to add a new chapter to your own. Visit us at Boulevard Ford of Lewes today and learn more about the full lineup of 2020 Ford Mustang models for sale and also the venerable 2020 Ford Shelby Mustang GT500 waiting just around the corner!

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