The global popularity of the Ford Mustang is a unique automotive phenomenon that has lasted for over 50 years. It is one of those models that define the word, “legendary.” The Mustang is so popular, it has become a part of popular culture beyond the limits of the car world. With numerous appearances in movies and music videos, the Mustang is forever in the consciousness of the world’s population even if they are not car enthusiasts.
It was like that since the beginning, so Ford realized they had a winner on their hands. In response, they invested heavily in their global marketing campaign that included not only commercials and newspaper ads, but also appearances in popular movies of the period. So, in just a short period of time, the Mustang was everywhere. Many people responded by visiting the dealerships and going home with a new Mustang.
In just a-year-and-a-half since its introduction, the Mustang reached the one million mark, which was a tremendous success, even by today’s standards. But after the hype passed, Ford wondered how to keep their customers thinking about the Mustang. So, they started introducing special versions, trim packages, models, and variants. Some were rare and only available in certain parts of America. Read on to learn about the best special editions of the Ford Mustang.
20. Ford Mustang Pace Car
The Mustang barely reached its first customers in 1964 when Ford decided to promote the first of many special edition models. As a hot new sport model in 1964, the Indy race officials chose the Mustang to pace the legendary Indianapolis 500 race. So, Ford felt it was the perfect opportunity to further promote the car. So, the company released a Pace Car special edition in select dealerships.
A total of 190 coupes and 35 convertibles got the Pace Car treatment. It included a 260 V8 engine, power steering, and updated equipment. They finished it off with white paint and racing stripes with “Official Pace Car” decals on the doors. Unfortunately, few original Pace Cars survive today. Many drivers treated them like ordinary Mustangs or painted over the original paint and decals.