1957 Ford Thunderbird E-Code
The Thunderbird lived its last days as a two-seater sports car in 1957 which is when Ford introduced the 312 5.1-liter V-8 engine. That’s how the E-Code Thunderbird was born, the beefiest of them all and the closest alternative to the Corvette that Ford ever offered.
Ford debuted the Thunderbird at the Detroit Auto Show in February of 1954 and quickly dubbed it "personal car" so as to suggest it wasn’t a direct answer to GM’s Corvette. What it was, in all fairness, was a luxury sports car tailor-made for the kind of people that were looking for a more refined 2-seater model than the Corvette.
The 1957 Thunderbird was the last which retained the original two-passenger layout before Ford decided that their clientele would much rather go for a 4-seater sports car with added amenities and weight. So, for 1957, Ford made the most powerful T-Bird ever by introducing the 5.1-liter V-8 engine, in a number of guises. The twin quad-barrel carburetor ones were distinguishable by the letter E in the car’s VIN code - the source of the ’E-Bird’ nickname.
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Marilyn Monroe’s 1956 Ford Thunderbird Up for Auction Next Month
A 1956 Ford Thunderbird belonging to the late Marilyn Monroe is going up for auction at Julien’s Auctions’ Icons and Idols Auction on November 16. The iconic American actress owned the Raven Black Thunderbird between 1955 and 1962. The car has an estimated value between $250,000 and $500,000, though, considering the provenance behind it, including the fact that arguably one of the biggest Hollywood celebrities in history owned it, the selling price could go through the roof.
Ten Millionth Production Mustang Leaked Online Ahead of Debut
53 years after introducing the Mustang, Ford has reportedly put the finishing touches on the 10 millionth Mustang ever built. Multiple reports have indicated that a huge announcement is imminent, possibly alluding to the historic milestone. Adding fuel to that fire are a couple of leaked photos taken by media personality Evan J. Smith, who claims that the Mustang in the photos he posted on his Instagram page, official_ford_guy, is, in fact, the 10 millionth Mustang.
2005 Ford GTX1 Roadster Will Be Auctioned in August at Monterey
A rare example of the Ford GTX1 Roadster is going to be auctioned off at the Mecum auction in Monterey, California next month. The GTX1 in question is the 24th of 30 units produced by the Gennadi Design Group in Green Bay, Wisconsin. More importantly, it’s the only GTX1 in the world that’s dressed in a black and gold color scheme and has signatures of some of the most important and significant people in the auto industry, including Carroll Shelby, Roger Penske, Henry Ford III, and Edsel Ford.
2018 Heavy Metal Model A
One of the most amazing things about car customization is that there are no rules about how it should be done or what you can and can’t do. And that means if you’ve got the skills and the imagination, you can turn any four-wheeled machine into a rolling piece of art, an expression of creativity capable of rivaling anything you might see hung in a museum or played on the radio. Such is the case with this hot rod Ford Model A, created by the talented folks on Velocity’s original series Speed Is The New Black for a rock star client.
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2019 Ford Mustang - How We’d Spec It
The 2019 Ford Mustang’s online configurator is like a candy store for fans of the muscle car. It comes with a wealth of customization choices that made the whole process of creating our own version an exercise in patience and perseverance. But I got my way through it, largely because the whole thing was fun and exciting. It didn’t feel like work as much as it felt like seeing my creation come to life, at least in the virtual world. Even better, the Mustang is actually affordable for regular folks like us, so who knows, someone here might end up going home with a real one.
Ford Brings Back the "California Special" with Rev Matching and B&O Audio System
A few months after dusting off the “Bullitt” name, Ford is once again in a throwback mood. This time, the Blue Oval is bringing back the “California Special” name for the 2019 Ford Mustang. The nod to the late 60’s special edition couldn’t have come at a better time, either. The original Mustang California edition came out in 1968. It’s no surprise, then, that 50 years later, the California name is bringing brought back with a modern twist.
2017 Ford Mustang GT Convertible By Speedkore Performance Group
The Ford Mustang is going to be well-represented at the 2017 SEMA Auto Show, as a total of seven different creations are all set to be in attendance. One of these Mustangs comes to us through the SpeedKore Performance Group, the the Wisconsin-based tuning house that stole the show at last year’s event with a Mustang that was literally covered from head to toe with carbon fiber panels. It was without question one of the most-talked-about cars at the event, so it’s no surprise that SpeedKore’s returning to the scene of one of its greatest triumphs with a new aftermarket interpretation of the iconic pony car.
Truth be told, the tuner’s new program is probably not as memorable as last year’s creations. But, that’s not necessarily a bad thing because that model literally turned into one of the most significant tuning programs for the Mustang we’ve seen in a while. This year’s version is important in its own right, largely due to the similar approach that SpeedKore adopted, including the prominent use of carbon fiber and the promise of putting focus on the ‘Stang’s classic American roadster heritage. The result is what you’d expect from a company like SpeedKore. It probably won’t be the showstopper that last year’s model was, but it’s certainly capable of stealing the spotlight.
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An Old Entry To Neiman Marcus’ Christmas Book Will Hit The Auction Block In Vegas Next Month
It’s become somewhat of an annual tradition for the auto industry to wait with baited breath to find out which car is making its way into Neiman Marcus’ Christmas Book. We’re going to have to wait a little longer to see who makes it on the catalogue this year, but fret not because if you’re itching to own a previous entry in the Christmas Book, a 2016 Ford Mustang Convertible that was featured in the 2015 edition of the Christmas Book is now on the auction block, lined up to hit the hammer at a Barrett-Jackson event in Las Vegas next month.
The Mustang Convertible’s inclusion to the 2015 Christmas Book was a huge deal, in part because it joined a list of other exotics to have had the privilege to be featured in the holiday catalog. Other cars to have graced the pages of Neiman Marcus’ book include a Jaguar XJL Supercharged, Chevrolet Camaro Convertible, Aston Martin Vanquish Volante, and an Infiniti Q60. Safe to say that the Mustang Convertible is in good company among that roster of models. As far as this particular model is concerned, Barrett-Jackson describes it as one of only four Mustang Neiman Marcus Edition models in existence. It has, among other things, a Neiman Marcus badging includes #004 badge on the dash, Neiman Marcus illuminated door-sill plates, and a framed Certificate of Authenticity. Oh, and it also has just 73 miles tacked onto it so it’s still as good as new.
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2018 Ford Mustang
The sixth-generation Ford Mustang arrived in late 2013 for the 2015 model year as the company’s most advanced pony car yet. Not only redesigned inside and out, the new Mustang also gained an independent rear suspension, a first for the muscle car since its inception in 1964. The new generation also marked the return of the four-cylinder ’Stang, with Ford adding a turbocharged, 2.3-liter EcoBoost to the usual V-6 and V-8 engine lineup. In early 2017, the sixth-generation Mustang received its mid-cycle update. Although initial rumors and spy shots didn’t suggest a major upgrade, the Mustang showed up with quite a few changes inside and out.
A new front fascia makes the 2015 model seem old, while the cabin boasts significant improvements in the tech department. More upgrades were operated under the hood, where Ford added a new automatic transmission and dropped the entry-level engine. The two remaining units gained power increases. The chassis also received its fair share of upgrades to make the 2018 Mustang the sportiest pony car Ford has built to date. Obviously, these changes were designed to bring the Mustang up to date compared to the new-generation Camaro. Naturally, the facelift will also trickle down to the higher performance versions of the current Mustang, including the Shelby GT350. But until that happens, let’s have a closer look at the newest ’Stang in town.
Update 7/27/2017: Ford has finally announced prices for the 2018 Ford Mustang, and to our surprise, it’s still one hell of a deal. Check out the prices section below to learn all about it!
New Technology, Attractive Looks, and Energetic Power to Keep Mustang Convertible Competitive Through 2020
The facelifted Ford Mustang had a somewhat awkward debut when a leaked promotional video forced Ford to pull the covers off the updated pony car a little earlier than expected. That may have pushed the timetable forward a bit, but probably not much. Just a few days after the coupe made its unexpected debut, Ford has taken the liberty of announcing the facelifted convertible version that comes with all of the bells and whistles found in the new coupe, but with unlimited headroom and an overwhelming desire to hit the open road feel the breeze in your hair. Like the coupe, the 3.7-liter V-6 is a thing of the past so, when it hits dealers this fall, you’ve got a big choice to make – succumb to having a four-cylinder muscle car or with the 5.0-liter V-8.
Speaking of the engines, the convertible gets the same drivetrain upgrades as the coupe, which means that little EcoBoost should see an increase in torque, while you should find that the V-8 offers a little more bang for your buck. So far, Ford has kept official specs of the updated engines under wraps, but I suspect the 2.3-liter will see a 20 to 30 pound-foot increase in the Torque Department while the 5.0-liter could be raised to as much as 450 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque. The latter of which would make for a 15 horsepower and 20 pound-foot increase over the pre-facelifted model.
As far as the body goes, it also gets all of the same updates that are found in the coupe, which means it has more muscular rear haunches, new LED headlamps, a redesigned front fascia, and a slightly redesigned grille. The biggest changes come in the form of exterior lighting with LED lighting up front, redesigned taillights, and redesigned taillights. The EcoBoost models should see the same dual-exhaust outlets while the GT will get a more aggressive quad outlet setup. Both models get a new rear diffuser that helps them look a little better from behind. Three new paint colors will be available for the exterior to go with 12 different wheel options.
Inside, the updated Mustang is brought into the modern ages with a 12-inch digital instrument cluster that is customizable based on your personal preferences. There’s the addition of something called MyMode that remembers your specific driving preferences when you enter the car, and the addition of Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection – a feature that should make Cars and Coffee meets a little safer for everybody, don’t you think?
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2017 Ford Mustang Pearl Candy Orange Concept
Unveiled in late 2013, the sixth-generation Mustang is about to receive a makeover for the 2018 model year. But, before the facelifted pony car arrives in 2017, a bunch of beefed-up Mustangs will be unveiled at the 2016 SEMA Show. One of them is the Pearl Candy Orange concept, which is supposed to give the familiar muscle car a more exotic look and added personality.
Based on the EcoBoost convertible model, the concept car was put together using aftermarket parts from companies such as AFE, Wilwood, Forgeline, Stitchcraft and Katzkin. The final product is a significant departure from the standard model and sports the type of appearance you’d expect from a bespoke sports car. To make things even better, it comes in a drop-top configuration and has a body kit that makes it resemble the almighty Shelby GT350.
If you’ve been wondering how a convertible version of the range-topping Mustang will look like, the Pearl Candy Orange concept is here to answer that question, while adding a number of extra features and a flashy paint job. Find out more about it below and make sure you visit the Ford booth at SEMA Show for a closer look.
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British supercar dealer Clive Sutton is known for his impeccable taste in the finer things of the automotive world. But Sutton also knows his way around American muscle cars, a fact that has been emphasized with the release of three different tuning packages for the Ford Mustang. The most potent of these programs is called “CS700” and is capable of increasing the output of the ‘Stang’s 5.0-liter Coyote V-8 to an impressive 700 horsepower. Two other programs – the “CS500” and the “CS350" – are also available, although the CS350 is compatible with the entry-level, 2.3-liter four-cylinder EcoBoost-powered Mustang.
In addition to the plethora of Power Packages that are being offered by Sutton, the program also comes with an appearance package, brake package, ride package, and individual options that can be availed in conjunction with the power package. Modifications to the interior are also available courtesy of tailor-made service Sutton Bespoke.
Those who end up getting all the tuning packages will likely spend a premium for all of them as the total price could exceed £30,000 depend on what’s checked off. But the promise of a comprehensive and exhilarating Ford Mustang may be too good to pass up.
Unfortunately, the kit looks like it’s only going to be available in the U.K. since the whole program was developed for right-hand drive Mustangs.
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Ford Puts 1965 And 2015 Mustang Side-By-Side
Today is May 4th, which might not mean much to you, but it is an important date for the Ford Motor Company.Why is it so important, you ask? It’s important because today the National Inventors Hall of Fame has highlighted Henry Ford along with the presentation of a unique Mustang that is half 1965 and half 2015. Yes, you read that right. Ford has taken a recreation of the 1965 Mustang and fused it with a 2015 Mustang; well, more accurately, the company has fused about 60 percent of each car together.
The whole purpose of the split-aged Mustang is to highlight not only how the Mustang has changed over the years, but to be a part of the permanent Intellectual Property Power Exhibit at the National Inventors Hall of Fame. The idea is to demonstrate the significance of progress and how trademarks, patents, and other forms of intellectual property make modern amenities possible. Ford was chosen for this display because the company has played such a crucial role in American innovation, and the Mustang because it has been an icon of the automotive world for 50 years.
A little-known fact is that the Mustang was first released without any specific patents granted for its innovation or design. It took advantage of more than 100 patents that existed prior to its creation, but it wasn’t until after more than 1 million examples were sold that Ford decided to pursue patents specific to the Mustang itself.
When speaking of the Mustang, Chris Danowski – the Director of Technology Commercialization and Intellectual Property Licensing for Ford – said, “Everything moved so fast in the design and run-up to production of the original Mustang that there were no styling patents issued back then. Now look at the current car; 2015 Mustang Convertible alone was granted 36 styling patents, which ensure the unique look stays with the car. It also has many unique functional patents for things like the airbag structures, 911 Assist and so many other technologies baked right in.”
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Hennessey Performance Engineering all started off back in 1991 with John Hennessey’s dream of entering the Pikes Peak Hill Climb. The first modified car? His brand new Mitsubishi 3000GT VR4 that he purchased specifically for modifying and racing at Pikes Peak. By the end of 1991, John Hennessey quit his environmental-based career and the foundation for what would become one of the greatest modification companies in the world – Hennessey Performance Engineering – was laid.
Starting with modifications to the Mitsubishi 3000GT, Dodge Stealth and even the Mazda RX-7, Hennessey built a following for himself, and what a following it was. He went on to create amazing models like the 1,000 horsepower, 2006 – 2012 Chevy Corvette Z06 HPE1000 and the 813 horsepower, 2009 – 2011 Nissan GTR800. Then there are monsters like the 1,244 horsepower, 2014 Hennessey Venom GT that tops out at 278 mph and the more recent 2015 Hennessey Venom F5 with 1,400 horsepower and an estimated top speed of 290 mph.
Of course, not all of Hennessey’s cars push out 1,000+ horsepower and do more than 250 mph, but they are all special to say the least. One of the most recent is the 2015 Ford Mustang Convertible HPE750 by Hennessey. This monster features an upgrade package that pushes the 5.0-liter V-8 to more than 700 horsepower. This upgrade package is one for the history books, as one 2015 Mustang GT – featured on Jay Leno’s Garage – became the first 2015 Mustang to top 200 mph with a verified speed of 207.9 mph.
Details of how many 2015 Mustang Convertibles have been equipped with the HPE750 upgrade haven’t been released, but according to Hennessey’s website, only 50 Mustang GT’s from the 2015 model year will be built. So, without further delay, let’s look at what the HPE750 Mustang Convertible is made of.
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Neiman Marcus has been offering special edition cars around the holidays for decades. Most of these have just been appearance packages, although many of them have also had the interiors redone in special high-end materials. As older models have been shown to be collector’s items, more recent Neiman Marcus Edition cars have sold out quickly, often within minutes, as the annual collector’s feeding frenzy begins. And while a special paint color is all that most of these cars need to be worth a lot of extra money, this year’s car offers a bit of extra incentive, in the form of being an absolute beast.
Different carmakers work with Neiman Marcus to different degrees, but Ford certainly went all in on this year’s Mustang. The car gets a boatload of extra power, a unique chassis and suspension tune, unique exhaust, special wheels... it’s practically a new car. It also comes with a free two-day course at Ford Racing School, probably a good idea, since a lot of people won’t be able to control a car like this without a bit of instruction. And even with the school, this car is going to be a lot to handle.
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One hundred years ago, getting from sea to shining sea was far more difficult than it is today, but it’s estimated that some 25,000 cars made the trek for the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition world’s fair in San Francisco, CA. Among these cars was a 1915 Ford Model T driven by 21-year-old Edsel Ford, and to commemorate this spectacular automotive accomplishment, the Historical Vehicle Association (HVA) recently set off on the Road Trip Century Celebration by recreating Edsel’s journey from Ford’s world headquarters in Dearborn, MI to San Francisco.
The trip kicked off on July 17 and will follow Edsel’s route as closely as possible, traveling as many as 264 miles in one day with a 2015 Ford Mustang EcoBoost Convertible tagging along with the Model T as a support vehicle. The route cuts through Michigan, Indiana, Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona before stopping a week in the Monterey, CA area for the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Putting a cap on the long-distance road trip, HVA will wrap it up on August 19 at the original site of the 1915 world’s fair.
To see if the epic road trip is passing through a city near you, be sure to check out the website for a full schedule of all the planned stops. For everyone else, the group will be posting pictures of its journey on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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It’s been about two months since the 2015 Ford Mustang fastback began arriving in U.S. dealerships, and the Blue Oval has just announced that the convertible model is on its way to nationwide showrooms as well.
"Cold weather may have come unseasonably early this year, but with available heated seats, remote start and selectable drive modes with a snow/wet setting, Mustang is the perfect offering for the season," said Melanie Banker, Mustang brand manager. Well, I can’t say I disagree, but those features won’t help too much when driving with the top down during the cold season. Nevertheless, this is great news for those looking to grab a drop-top version of the redesigned pony car before Christmas.
Much like the fastback version, the convertible can be ordered with any of the three available engines. The base model comes with the familiar 3.7-liter V-6, now rated at 300 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. Then there’s the EcoBoost trim, which employs a turbo, 2.3-liter four-banger that makes 310 ponies and 320 pound-feet. Lastly, the GT boasts the tried-and-true, 5.0-liter, Coyote V-8 with 435 horses and pound-feet of twist at its disposal. Unlike the fastback, both the EcoBoost and GT trims can only be had in Premium guise with the convertible model.
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If you’re a sixth-gen Mustang enthusiast and can’t wait to get your hands on an aftermarket package for Ford’s latest pony, then the 2014 SEMA Show provided a good indication of what custom shops have in store for 2015. Roush Performance was one of the first companies to join the SEMA fun, but Ford’s very own Racing division brought a couple of interesting concepts to Las Vegas, including the King Cobra dragster. This year’s selection also included the Outlaw, a package specifically tailored for the 2015 Mustang by Classic Design Customs.
The approach is somewhat similar to what we’ve already seen from other shops, meaning the ’Stang gets a few aerodynamic tweaks, a new front grill, new wheels and a premium audio system. However, CDC also focused on creating a bespoke graphics package for the pony and a unique light bar for its convertible counterpart. Couple that with the Ford Racing supercharger helping the V-8 pump more horses and you have a compelling package on your hands. Sure, it might not be of Roush or Saleen magnitude, but it does offer what other aftermarket tuners don’t. Read on to find out what makes the Outlaw Mustang special.
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