Lot 049: Ford Mustang Convertible
Launched way back in 1964, the Ford Mustang has gone on to become one of the most iconic names in US motoring history. See one rumble by today and you immediately think of Steve McQueen's Lt Frank Bullitt hurtling through the streets of San Francisco in the greatest car chase ever filmed. The car went through four generations of development up to 2004, getting progressively heavier and uglier as time went on.
However, in 2005 Ford decided to return to the spirit of the original 'pony car' concept of a long bonnet, short rear deck and powerful engine in a move that vice president of design, J Mays, called 'retro-futurism'. The result was a fabulously muscular looking car that echoed the fastback styling of the original but was packed full of all the toys and safety features that the modern driver expects.
Two engines were initially available, a 210bhp 4-litre V6 and a 300bhp 4.6-litre V8. Transmission was either by Tremec 5-speed manual or by Ford's own 5-speed auto 'box. A Shelby GT 500 model was also launched shortly afterwards with a massive 5.4-litre supercharged V8 that produced 550bhp.
This particular car was first registered in January 2005 and has the more economical 4-litre V6 engine and automatic gearbox. A convertible model with a power hood, it has been fitted with the Shelby GT 500 styling kit, massive 20 alloy wheels and an extremely fruity stainless steel sports exhaust that sounds just like a big V8.
Said to be in excellent condition throughout and to drive beautifully, it had covered just 29,800 miles from new at the time of cataloguing, although the vendor was planning a touring holiday in the car shortly after our visit to take these photos. He states that it has always been well maintained in his ownership, including two services within the last year at Minerva Garage, Llanidloes, although there are no bills for this.
Fitted with air conditioning and a CD player, the car is taxed until September and MOTd until April 2012 and is ready to drive away today.
Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles|
Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers, Leominster, Herefordshire
|Hammer Price (inc premium)||-|
|Registration number||LK05 PPU|
|Engine capacity (cc)||4000|
|Engine - cylinders|
|Number of doors||2|