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1967 Shelby GT350

For 1967, the Shelby GT350 continues with the same engine of the previous years.

Special specimens or versions were manufactured as follows:
- A Shelby GT Hard Top, which would be a precursor to the Ford Mustang California Special.

- A Shelby GT500 Convertible, precursor of the 1968 exemplars.

- A Fastback was fitted with a modified 427 engine to give 650 cf and was known as the “Super Snake”. Only this prototype was produced with those specifications.

The Ford Mustang was redesigned for the 1967 model, in the case of the Shelby, it receives a longer hood that is now made of fiberglass, as well as new defenses. And although you could still see the original design of 1965, these additions gave it a much more aggressive appearance. At the freight of the hood you can distinguish vents that cool the engine. Shelby included new rear lights (transplanted from a 1967 Mercury Cougar, while the 1968 model used the rear lights of the 1965 Ford Thunderbird), and a “Kamm”, this was a type of tail or spoiler, to improve aerodynamics.

The 4.7-liter V8 (289 cu in) had 306 cf and 329 lb ft of torque with a four- barrels Holley carburetor. Line equipped a manual transmission of 4 speeds and optionally an automatic of 3.

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April 17th 1964: Ford Mustang debuts

On this day in 1964, the Ford Motor Company introduced their new sports car - the Ford Mustang - to the public. The Mustang was one of the first ‘pony cars’, which are smaller sports car-like coupes. The car had debuted two years earlier at the United States Grand Prix, but Ford introduced their new car to the public at the New York World’s Fair in 1964. Ford received over 22,000 orders from around the world on the first day, and the car’s popularity only increased from there. The model’s fame was cemented when a Mustang appeared in the James Bond film 'Goldfinger’ in September 1964. The Mustang is now approaching its sixth generation, and has changed a lot since the 1964 version. This year marks the 50th anniversary of this legendary American car, and Ford are celebrating with a limited edition 50th anniversary 2015 Mustang GT (pictured above).

50 years ago today

View of a 1963 Mercury Marauder coupe. Label on sleeve: “Ford Motor Co., Mercury Marauder, 1963.”

  • Courtesy of the National Automotive History Collection, Detroit Public Library

View of a 1965 Mercury Comet convertible. Shamrock and leprechaun hat displayed on car hood; table in foreground is set with St. Patrick’s Day decorations. Label on sleeve: “Ford Motor Co., Mercury Comet convertible, 1965.”

  • Courtesy of the National Automotive History Collection, Detroit Public Library
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Photo session of the 2018 Ford Mustang.

This car is unmistakably Mustang. We’re not just talking looks. It’s the way it feels when you wrap your hand around the wheel. The power. The rush that lasts long after you park it. But what else would you expect? Like we said, it’s a Mustang.

The optional 12” LCD instrument cluster is the first all-digital display ever offered on a Mustang. Which means you’re in absolute control of everything you see. Customize colors. Choose your gauge layout. It’s easy to view. It’s fast. It’s responsive. And, like everything else in this Mustang, absolutely beautiful.

View of a woman, holding balloons, posing with a 1967 Mercury Cougar coupe. Label on sleeve: “Ford Motor Co., Mercury Cougar, 1967.”

  • Courtesy of the National Automotive History Collection, Detroit Public Library