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  -- By Detroit Steel   Classic, in every sense of the word and a reminder that the new 2015 Mustang with the EcoBoost engine really isn't as groundbreaking as a lot of people think.   Sure, the new four-cylinder S550 is well deserving of all the attention it's getting. However, let's not forget the '84 SVO, which also featured a four-cylinder turbo engine as highlighted in this Throwback Thursday video posted by MotorWeek.  

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  --by Jonathon Klein   Over the past few years, Ford has operated its performance division here in the US under the SVT nameplate. But over the course of the last decade, those performance-driven models have either dropped a letter or two, or completely replaced the entire name, such as with the Shelbys. Now, though, with a more concerted effort in bringing global platforms, the Blue Oval may be rethinking its performance nameplate.  

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  -- by Adam Pockross   There are plenty of movies that feature Mustangs in supporting roles, but not nearly enough of them give the thoroughbred proper lead billing like the A-lister she is. Paul W.S. Anderson's dystopian driving orgy "Death Race" is one movie that gets it right.   Released in 2008, but presciently set in the economically crest-fallen future of 2012, "Death Race" stars Frankenstein's Monster, a seemingly indestructible 2006 GT decked

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  -- by Adam Pockross   As much as it might pain you to admit, perhaps no performer ever made folks sing the praises of Mustangs more than Vanilla Ice. How many of YOU have rapped this particular verse: "Rolling, in my 5.0 with my ragtop down so my hair can blow"? Hell, I didn't even have to look that up.   That Vanilla Ice has become somewhat of a joke since then is

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by Patrick Rall Mustang ForumsThe Ford Mustang has been a mainstay of American roadways for so long, a very high percentage of today's gearheads can't conceive of an automotive universe without it.   And with good reason. Ford's Mustang is still a great car for the same reasons that the Stones are still a great live band--it never went away. And over the course of its 48-year history, a great many amazing engines have found

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by Patrick RallMustang ForumsSo just what is the greatest special edition Mustang of all time? You'll find out in a second. But first, a little back story.   A few months ago, Mustang Forums asked members for nominations for the best special- or limited-edition Mustangs. Obviously, the Pony's production run insured there was a herd of qualified candidates. After we closed the nominating process, we determined which were the ten most popular, and asked you

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by Patrick Rall Dana Mecum's collector car auctions have revolutionized how people shop for classic cars. As the 2011 Monterey Daytime Auction opens in California, show goers have a chance to check out some of the coolest classics and hottest modern collectible vehicles of the day. American vehicles are the dominant force in any full Mecum auction, and as is the case at any event involving collectable vehicles, the Ford Mustang is one of the

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by Patrick RallThe Ford Mustang is easily one of the most recognizable vehicles in American motoring history and Hollywood has been quick to reflect the car's excellence - featuring the Mustang in a variety of movies and television shows since being introduced in April of 1964.  The Mustang has made an appearance in a huge collection of productions on the silver screen and the small screen but a smaller collection of Ford Mustangs have served

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The 2003 SVT Cobra MustangThe members have spoken, and the the greatest special-edition Ford Mustang of all time is the 2003 SVT Cobra nicknamed "Terminator." Over the month-long voting process, the vicious snake garnered 27% of the votes, and it's easy to see why. Along with its aggressive styling, this was the first Mustang to feature Independent Rear Suspension, and while IRS hasn't been available since, the Pony's rear end is still a hotly debated

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The 1969 Boss 302 and 2012 Boss 302OK. Here's where it get's complicated. We have a tie--but it's a fitting one. For second, and third, we have a pair of Bosses. The 2012 Boss 302 and the original 1969 Boss 302 each garnered 23% of the vote. In 1969, the Mustang was developing a reputation for being a serious performer and the original Boss 302 (along with the Boss 429) helped to set the tone

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The 1965 Shelby GT350In fourth place, with roughly 17% of the vote, was the 1965 Shelby GT350. This was the car which first put the Shelby name--and his Midas touch--on the mighty Ford Mustang. And while  the models Carroll Shelby's team first turned wrenches on are nowhere near as mighty as the Mustangs of today, these early Shelby models were groundbreaking nevertheless. Most importantly, they showed Ford there was a market for more expensive,

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The 2008 Shelby GT500KR: The New King of the Road Like the Boss name, the King of the Road moniker first appeared in the early days of the Mustang. But a new generation of fans bowed at the throne of the 2008 GT500KR, which garnered 10% of the vote. Shelby America stuck to a proven formula of adding more power and vastly improved suspension components to make this one seriously high-performance Mustang. And with limited

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The 2011 Ford 5.0L V8When Ford introduced the 2011 Mustang GT with the new 412 horsepower 5.0L V8, it marked the first time a factory-built Mustang--meaning non-SVT and non-Shelby--offered over 400 horsepower. The 5.0L Ford V8 made a name for itself in the 1980s and 1990s, and when rumors started circulating that the Blue Oval was working on a 21st century redesign, enthusiasts got  excited. Now, in stock form, the "old" 5.0 produced a relatively

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"Terminator" SVT Supercharged 4.6L V8In 2003, the Ford SVT group unveiled the new Mustang Cobra, which was powered by a heavily modified 32-valve version of the 4.6L V8 found in the current Mustang GT.These Cobras, which affectionately became known as "Terminators," offered a "stated" output of 390 horsepower which--true to form--multiple parties have proven to be understated. Until the modern Shelby GT500 hit the streets in 2007, the Terminator was the baddest Mustang the American

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1969 Boss 429The 1969 Mustang Boss 429 was the original monster Mustang, with a huge 429 cubic-inch engine recruited from the ranks of the factory-backed NASCAR teams. The result was 376 "stated" horsepower under the hood of a street-legal Mustang. I say "stated" because in the case of the Boss motor, the engineers were obviously following the famous "under promise and over deliver" mantra, as it's been proven these big blocks had far more

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1986 SVO 2.3L TurboFord's Mustang is mostly known for its mighty V8s. But in 1986, the most powerful engine in the Mustang lineup was the 2.3L turbocharged SVO 4-cylinder.  With 205 horsepower, the turbo 2.3L offered five more ponies than the fuel-injected 5.0L V8. Impressive numbers aside, 1986 would also mark the demise of the turbocharged 4-cylinder Mustangs.  In addition to the fiery four-banger, SVO models included a single headlight design that would become the

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The 1964-65 289 V8In 1964 there were a pair of V8 engines available for the Mustang, but the 210 horsepower 289 cubic inch mill was the biggest.  By the 1965 model year, the 289 was the only V8 in the lineup, a year which also saw the debut of the first high-performance Mustang engines. The healthier 289 HiPo packed 271 horsepower, while the 289 deployed with the1965 Shelby GT350 offered an even more impressive 306

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