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Nearly every car enthusiast knows that the Ford Mustang was released on April 17th, 1964, but what if I told you that the first Mustang was actually sold on the 15th. Even more surprising is the fact that this was not special treatment given to some big celebrity at the time. That’s right, folks, Gail Wise — a 22-year-old school teacher at the time — bought the first ever Mustang two days before its release.

She came across this $3,400, Skylight Blue Mustang when she went to a dealer to buy a convertible , but the dealer was fresh out of drop-top models, except the Mustang in question. When the dealer took her into a back room to see the `Stang , she borrowed enough money from her parents to buy it on the spot. The date: April 15th, 1964 — two days before the pony car made its debut at the World’s Fair.

The car ran into issues in 1979, and Gail’s husband parked it in the garage until the early 2000s, despite his wife’s pleas to sell the car.

I don’t want to spoil the entire video for you, so I’ll stop here and let you check it out for yourself. It is an inspiring and interesting story.

As Ford preps for the all-new 2015 Mustang ’s appearance, it’s giving the 2014 model one last hurrah in the Japanese market with this 2014 ‘Stang GT "The Black.” This isn’t the first time Japan has gotten its own special edition Mustang in murdered-out form, but this will surely be the most special, as Ford is only producing 40 examples.

Making this pony car unique are bespoke 19-inch black wheels, a unique black interior package, the glass roof package, and of course, a black exterior paint scheme. Further details include brightly machined faces on the wheels with the glossy black finish giving contrast from the wheel pockets. White stitching on the black leather seats and atop the dashboard also gives a nice contrast.

Ford’s popular glass roof makes its appearance here too, while preventing 90 percent of infrared rays and 96 percent of ultraviolet rays from entering the cockpit. Such a feature might come in rather handy while thundering through the land of the rising sun.

Speaking of thunder, plenty of it will be had with the 5.0-liter singing into the dual exhaust pipes. A healthy 420 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque turn the rear wheels bolted to the Mustang’s soon-gone live rear axle. The Black holds an MSRP of 5.05 million Japanese Yen, which is $49,252 at the current conversion rates.

Click past the jump to read more about the Next-Gen Ford Mustang.

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There’s not much more sacred to classic American motoring than the Ford Mustang , with its origins dating back to 1964. It’s been an icon of freedom and enjoyable pastime. The same can be said for the classic arcade game of pinball.

With its heyday in the 1970s, the pinball machine was a hugely-popular pastime for teens looking to get out of the house and spend time with friends. Perhaps more than a few were driving early-model Mustangs handed down from mom and dad.

Well the two are coming together in a special way for the 2014 Chicago Auto show . Ford and the legendary Stern Pinball have built three unique pinball machines to commemorate the pop-culture contributions the two companies have made. The Mustang-themed tables feature the Boss 302 , Boss 351, and Boss 429 of 1969 to 1971 and 2012 to 2013.

Of the three games, one is signed by the game’s designer and features the original ’65 Mustang setting next to the all-new 2015 ’Stang . All three styles are covered in Mustang badges and insignias for the full effect. The machines will be built for use in arcades and public areas all over the U.S. No word yet on when the games will start appearing in local arcades, however.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Ford Mustang.

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There’s no doubting that Ken Block shots some of the most bad-ass videos we’ve ever seen. But have you ever wanted to get a first-hand look of the amazing Gymkhana course? We bet that the answer to this question is a resounding "yes" and, with this is mind, Block revealed the 6th installment of his world famous Gymkhana series from a slightly different angle.

Sure, this is the same course that we saw in the earlier Gymkhana 6 video, but this one offers up tons more cut shots, thanks to strategically placed GoPro cameras. And these new angles are enough to make this feel like an all new Gymkhana video, as you get a look at just how precise Block is in his Fiesta .

This dude is simply amazing, and we can’t say much more than that. Enjoy the video, folks.

Rob Riggle’s brand of humor can be a little over the top sometimes, but this new Ford commercial for the Super Bowl, doesn’t show that off.

Here we see a more subdued Riggle talking to a coffee-sipping Ford exec while describing the benefits of driving a Ford hybrid. At one point, Riggle even ventures into the world of mythology to make his point, comparing the hybrid to a griffin complete with a soliloquy about the griffin having the "head of an eagle, the body of a lion."

We don’t know if we can necessarily compare a Ford hybrid (maybe he was talking about a Fusion Hybrid ?) to that mythic creature, but we do see the point of Riggle’s comparison. If anything, he does a good job of selling his spiel, even though it doesn’t make much sense at all.

Oh, well. Guess that’s how Ford is going to roll with its set of ads for the Super Bowl. Maybe it has more up its sleeve, but this one, while pretty funny in a Rob Riggle kind of way, misses on what the #nearlydouble hashtag is trying to get across.

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Gran Turismo’s Vision Gran Turismo Concepts allow engineers from a lot of these participating automakers to have free reign of their designs.

Ford really took that to heart with its design with an open-wheel race car . Now that’s what’s up, Ford .

Of course, this is still just a teaser of the actual concept that we’re going to see in the future. Hopefully, it’s sooner rather than later, but from the looks of things, the mere fact that the teaser is showing full-on racing tires with an uncovered chassis and suspension suggests that this concept won’t have a whole lot of body panels covering its overall construction.

It also appears to have a Mustang -like sweptback look, which if accurate, offers a nice mix of Ford’s intent to blend its current muscle car ’s identity into the concept. We don’t have any performance details yet, although something about this concept makes us think that it’s going to be really lightweight with a V-6 tucked inside it.

Maybe an open-wheel Mustang racer? Nobody knows until Ford reveals it but we can’t tell you how excited we are to see the rest of this beauty.

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So far, this year has brought freezing temperatures and snow in places where it these are rarely seen, so it’s a good idea to start upgrading your car to for snow-driving capabilities. Ken Block, for example, transformed this Ford F-150 SVT Raptor into a sick-looking F-150 RaptorTrax, which looks like the ultimate snowmobile.

The F-150 Raptor was updated with snowboard racks, a roof basket, a rear-mounted winch, interior storage for snacks and drinks, Recaro seating, an exterior stereo setup for blasting music and four burly Mattracks. The RaptorTrax offer the usual Ken Block paint scheme, combined with exterior-mounted Rigid Industries lighting to help guide the way.

Although Ken Block didn’t announce any specifications figures just yet, the RaptorTRAX features the same Whipple-supercharged, 6.2-liter, V-8 engine as the base SVT Raptor — possibly with a slight output increase from its standard 411 horsepower — and a full roll cage for added protection.

Click past the jump to read more about the Ford F-150 Raptor.

Now that Ford has announced that it will discontinue the SVT Raptor variant for the 2015 Ford F-150 , we’re left with the kind of sadness normally reserved to seeing one of our favorite TV shows get cancelled.

The SVT Raptor trim for the F-150 was a personal favorite of ours and now that it’s going to be discontinued, we’re beginning to appreciate more and more when an aftermarket company has an impressive tuning program at its hands.

That’s precisely what Roush Performance has and it’s definitely worthy of our attention. Roush fitted its Phase 2 performance upgrade onto this F-150 SVT Raptor so, off the bat, you know that this isn’t some purely aesthetic upgrade.

Nope, this one has it all in spades, including the aforementioned aesthetic upgrades. That comes in the form of a predominantly red body finish with matching custom graphics on the sides and back, finished off by some camo detailing on the rear.

But that’s not what’s tickling our fancy for this particular Roush program on the SVT Raptor. It’s the Phase 2 performance upgrade that adds a slew of new mechanical components on the pickup ’s powertrain. A huge intercooler was dropped into place, as were high-flow fuel injectors and a dual-tip, performance-tuned, cat-back exhaust system that bumps the output of the F-150 SVT Raptor to a staggering 590 horsepower, a sizable increase from the standard 411-horsepower output from the pickup’s standard 6.2-liter, V-8 engine.

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To be among the first to own the newest and shiniest hardware has always been coveted, and that still held true as the opportunity for ownership of the first production 2015 Ford Mustang rolled across the Barret-Jackson auction block on Saturday, January 18th.

The winning bidder will pay Ford a handsome sum of $300,000 for the Mustang after a back-and-forth bidding war between the competing contenders. What’s more, all the proceeded will be given to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, a foundation whose purpose is researching treatments and cures for Type 1 diabetes in children.

Although the deep blue 2015 Mustang was on the block, it isn’t the one up for auction. The lucky winner will get to custom order their 5.0-liter-powered GT with either the six-speed manual or six-speed automatic; with any interior and exterior color Ford offers; and any factory-optioned striping combination. The Mustang will be the first off the assembly line when production begins later this year.

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Ford F-150

By now, all the currently available information has been disseminated regarding Ford ’s latest and greatest F-150 . The news of its new aluminum skin, stronger frame and a new engines are leading headlines; along with its host of whiz-bang gadgetry designed to make the F-150 knock out the competition.

We’ve already covered the nitty-gritty details in our review of the 2015 F-150 , but now we present the top-10 things you need to know about the 2015 truck. Call it the “Reader’s Digest” version. We cover the exterior design and interior details; explore the handy new features found in the bed; touch on the truck’s development; and speculate about horsepower, torque, and how much the whole thing will cost.

Click past the jump for an overview of the 2015 Ford F-150


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