For over 50 years, Mustang has been one of the biggest legends of the American car industry and the most valuable nameplate in Ford’s portfolio. The original pony car is approximately half a century old, but in its sixth generation, it feels as young as ever. The secret of the everlasting Mustang appeal is simple. Despite changes in design, appearance, engines, and power outputs, the Mustang always retained its cool style.
It still has the allure of an affordable yet exciting sports car. Ford has sold over nine million Mustangs since 1964. There were numerous versions, special editions, and models, all of which added to the timeless charm of this car. We looked at the 30 coolest classic Mustangs of all time. These cars are the most interesting Mustangs and Shelbys from the Mustang’s long history of over 56 years. So buckle up your seatbelt and read on to go on a Mustang-themed cruise.
30. Ford Mustang 289 HiPo
Most of the market was fascinated when they first saw the Mustang in 1964. They had compact, sporty looks, long hoods, and short decks at an affordable price, which seemed unreal at the time. But there was a small portion of knowledgeable car enthusiasts who were disappointed due to the technology and engine choices. The Mustang shared modest underpinnings with the economical Falcon. Its engine lineup included mild versions of the inline-six and small V8 units.
The power output was nothing special and performance was somewhat below expectations. Ford responded by hiring Carroll Shelby to produce the almost race-ready GT 350 in 1965. But for those who didn’t want a screaming 306 HP 289 V8 engine in the GT 350, Ford prepared an engine called the K-Code. The K-Code was the 289 V8, but with a milder, more street-friendly tune and 271 HP. This was more than enough for the solid performance Mustang fans asked for.
With the optional GT package that included a stiffer suspension, better equipment, and lots of exterior details, the 289 High Power (HiPo) was the choice of real car fans. Ford introduced the HiPo in 1965, and it was available until 1967. It was the first Mustang that ran as well as it looked, especially if you ordered it in the gorgeous Fastback body style.