BY CLIFFORD ATIYEH | Original article from Car and Driver
It’s a shame that Chevy Camaro fans can’t celebrate a 50th anniversary in 2017 the way that Ford Mustang enthusiasts are doing now. That’s because Ford’s pony hasn’t thrown a shoe since its 1964 debut, while Chevrolet unthinkably suspended its car for seven model years. So the special Mustang you see here, in all its chrome and cashmere glory, is an anniversary edition that truly means something.
In creating an ode to its own icon, Ford took a page from Porsche, which last year gave us a white 911 50th Anniversary Edition with lots of 1960s cues, and also created a tasteful homage that doesn’t make us dream of Jell-O molds. Only 1964 copies of the 2015 Mustang 50th Anniversary Edition will be offered this fall, and all will come in Wimbledon White—the same color applied to the the first Mustang off the line–or Kona Blue.
Every example is based on the GT coupe and will include the Performance pack, which tacks on six-piston front Brembo calipers, 19-inch wheels, and sticky Pirelli P Zero rubber. GT spec naturally means a 5.0-liter V-8, too. Ford remains mum on the engine’s strength, only stating that it will make more than 420 hp and 390 lb-ft of torque. The anniversary car is the only way to get a 2015 Mustang with both the Performance pack and a six-speed automatic transmission, but enthusiasts should note that a six-speed manual is also available.
Other baubles include additional chrome trim for the taillamps, grille, and side glass. One cool trick: To emulate the louvers of the original car, the quarter windows are rendered using three layers of glass. The car’s Y-shaped wheels are meant to echo the chromed steelies offered on the original. The interior rundown includes cashmere—yes, Ford says “cashmere”— stitching on the steering wheel, instrument panel, and other sundry surfaces. The seats are two-tone cashmere and black leather, the owner’s manual nuzzles inside a leather folio and the floor mats have cashmere stitching suede binding. Mustang anniversary shout-outs include logos on the seat backs, an exclusive faux gas cap on the rear fascia, and a numbered plaque on the passenger’s side. The interior also gets a specially turned aluminum trim panel across the dash.
Ford hasn’t announced pricing, but given that the car includes all the GT bells and whistles plus the anniversary kit, we wouldn’t drop our Lucky Strikes if the price closed in on the $50K mark. That aside, we’re just glad Ford was able to create a worthy tribute to the original pony car.