4 Legendary Mustangs Car Collectors Love

by admin | Posted on Saturday, September 15th, 2018

In the more than fifty years since the Ford Mustang revolutionized the high performance car scene in the United States, it has become more than just an American classic: it has become a symbol for the raucous energy of the American way of life. As such, it has seen frequent upgrades and special editions that have become some of the most sought-after cars in the world. A 1968 Shelby EXP 500 Green Hornet nearly sold for $1.8 million at a Barrett-Jackson auction in 2013, and it isn’t the only classic Mustang that has commanded prices in excess of $1 million.

Car aficionados know that there is nothing untoward about a legendary automobiles selling for this kind of money, but if you want to find deals on a Ford Mustang that has a little history behind it and don’t have millions of dollars to play with, there are still options for you to explore. All four if these legendary Mustangs are pieces of American car history you can buy without laying down seven figures.

1964½ Mustang

1964½ Mustang

One of the most prized Mustangs still within most people’s price range is actually the first one ever made. In the early 1960s Ford experimented with a variety of Mustang concept cars, but it ended up introducing the first Mustangs to a wide audience in April 1964. Although intended to be 1965 Mustangs (and for all intents and purposes, indistinguishable from them), this first generation of Mustangs became known as the 1964½ models, and if you look carefully you should be able to find one for under $50,000.

1967 Shelby GT500

For many car lovers, the Shelby GT500s from the late 1960s are the holy grail of Mustangs. With their powerful engines, buccaneering design, and energetic attitude, these classic Shelby GT500s will cost you a little more than a first generation, while still being within the range of many car collectors. And unlike most car purchases, if you take care of a Shelby GT500, it will only increase in value.

1968 Mustang GT Fastback

Mustangs have always done well on the silver screen, but in 1968 Steve McQueen’s film Bullitt took things to a whole new level. McQueen’s Highland Green Mustang GT Fastback practically co-stars in a movie whose chase scenes have made it a cult classic, and while the original Bullitt Mustang is estimated to be worth around $4 million, you can pick up a regular 1968 Mustang GT Fastback for around $50,000 — or you can purchase the brand-new 50th anniversary Bullitt Mustang coming out early next year for around the same price.

 1971 Mach 1 302  

As pony cars entered the 1970s, competition only grew fiercer. The Mach 1 Mustang had originally been released in 1969, but 1971 saw a major redesign in which Ford set out to show its rivals what its flagship sports car could really do. The Mach 1 struck a perfect balance between high performance and slick design, stealing the show as Sean Connery’s ride of choice in the Bond film Diamonds Are Forever. Like the 1964½, it is still possible to pick one up for a reasonable five figures.

 For those who have caught the classic car bug, nothing is more exciting than taking your seat behind the wheel of a vintage automobile. While the rarest cars on the market cost several times as much as a house, this doesn’t mean you can’t find a classic Mustang of your own for a fraction of that price, so why not start your collection off with one of these incredible vehicles from the pony car’s early heyday?


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