In the Beginning...
I've been seeing a ton of articles and news on the newest generation of Mustangs lately. Heck I'm guilty of this myself. Now I have nothing against the newest, latest, and greatest, but I think we should remember were it all began.
Way back in the 1960's when Lee Iacocca worked for Ford, someone came up with the bright idea of making a small sporty car to sell to the American Market. I'm not gonna bore you with a long history lesson, for that you can go read the Wikipedia article. I will point out that the first engines were called "thriftpower" and were 101 hp v-6. A far cry from the 300hp v-6 engine today! Another interesting item was the $2,368 price tag!
The term "pony car" came from the Mustang. It generally meant the car had a long hood and a short deck. I have read that there were other criteria, but I'll let you argue that.
The design has changed many times over the years, but If you look at the newest generation of Mustangs you can still see many of the original design elements. The long straight hood, the lines down the side, the slightly forward leaning nose, and the tri-bar tail lights.
There has always been something cool about the early first generation Mustangs in my opinion. Maybe it was the "notchback" design, or the sporty feel? Maybe it was the clean lines, and simple design? Maybe all of the above? Whatever makes the Mustang "cool", may it live on for another 50 years!
As a side note, if I ever win the lotto, I'm so getting one in Rangoon Red!