VIdeo: AM’s Live Coverage of The Mustang’s 50th Birthday Celebration in Charlotte

Today was the first in a 50th anniversary weekend for the Ford Mustang that so far has been  filled with racing, sunshine and of course, rows upon rows of Mustangs.

The are more Mustangs in Charlotte than you’ve ever seen in one place before and Ford, The Mustang Club of America and AmericanMuscle are there to make sure the Mustang’s 50th birthday is not soon forgotten. The fellas from MMD are there as well, poised to make some noise with project MMD before the weekend fun is done.

As if that wasn’t enough to satisfy the Mustang fans that made it out for the festivities, Vaughn Gittin Jr. is also in attendance and poised to for a little trademark tire melting.

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2015 Ford Mustang 50 Year Limited Edition pays homage to 1964

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2015 Ford Mustang 50 Year Limited Edition

The Ford Mustang was first shown to the public at the 1964 World's Fair in New York City. Five decades later - almost to the day - Ford has rolled out its 2015 Mustang 50 Year Limited Edition at the New York Auto Show. Limited to just 1,964 examples, the rear-wheel drive coupes (no convertible has been announced) are based on the all-new 2015 Mustang GT fastback with performance pack. The standard equipment list is long, with buyers only offered a choice of color (Wimbledon White or Kona Blue) and transmission (a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic).

The exterior is distinguished with discreet chrome highlights and louvered rear quarter windows, something that won't be found on any other models. Other touches include a faux gas cap badge on the rear fascia. Inside the cabin, owners will find a cashmere-stitched, leather-wrapped steering wheel, with the same appointments carried to the instrument panel, shifter boot, center armrest, door inserts and seats. The front buckets are upholstered in two-tone cashmere and black leather, with the obligatory 50th logo on the seat backs.

As is only fitting, under the hood is a 5.0-liter V8, delivering 420 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque. Other enhancements, which are standard fare on Performance Package Mustang GT models, include six-piston Brembo front brakes, 19-inch alloys and high-performance summer rubber. Mustang enthusiasts will note that the 50 Year Limited Edition model marks the first time Ford is offering its Performance Package with an automatic gearbox.

Ford has said that the limited edition models will be some of the first off the assembly line when 2015 production begins later this year, so if you're interested, you might want to start hounding your dealer for an allocation today.

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Ford overlooks the Big Apple in the 2015 Mustang Convertible [w/video]

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2015 Ford Mustang Convertible

Ford has done it again. Like in 1965, there is once again an all-new Mustang Convertible sitting on the observation deck of New York City's Empire State Building. This has been in the making for a little while, with the first report that Ford would recreate the sky-high publicity stunt coming out a few weeks back.

The process of getting the Mustang up there wasn't exactly easy. A Troy, MI-based company chopped up the new droptop, a necessary evil to get the Mustang on the Empire State Building's only freight elevator that runs to the 86th floor observation deck. But it was slightly more involved than just taking the car apart. The company, DST, built a mockup of the ESB's freight elevators, and then practiced its cuts on a second pre-production Mustang Convertible (measure twice, cut once).

The result of all this work are the images you see above. Yes, sitting in the crisp, morning air of midtown Manhattan, over 1,000 feet up, is this brilliant, Triple Yellow Mustang. Take a look up top for our gallery of images from today's event. You can also scroll down for videos and images of the process leading up to the ESB debut.

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2015 Ford Mustang 50th Anniversary Edition says ‘happy birthday’ in New York

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Ford Mustang 50th Anniversary Edition

Fifty years ago this week, Ford debuted the first-ever Mustang at the New York World's Fair. And to celebrate, the Blue Oval is offering up this special, 50th Anniversary Edition 2015 Mustang, which makes its debut at the New York Auto Show. It'll be a seriously limited affair, with only 1,964 examples of the special edition Mustang slated to be produced (the number chosen to coincide with the 'Stang's first year in production). But for those who raise their hands for the 50th Anniversary package, there's a pretty sweet package in store.

The 50th Anniversary Edition is based on the 2015 Mustang GT with the Performance Pack, and is only available in two colors: Kona Blue, or Wimbledon White (pictured). The car also comes fully loaded - the only option for buyers to choose is the transmission. Should you opt for the six-speed automatic, you'll get a limited-slip rear differential with a 3.55:1 final-drive ratio (the 50th Anniversary car is also the only way to get a slushbox-equipped 'Stang with the Performance Pack). Selecting the six-speed manual 'box will net you a Torsen differential with a 3.73:1 ratio. All 50th Anniversary cars will be powered by Ford's 5.0-liter, naturally aspirated V8, estimated to produce more than 420 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque in the 2015 Mustang.

Inside, there's a cashmere-stitched, leather-wrapped steering wheel, with a similar detail found on the instrument panel, shift boot, door inserts, seats, and center armrest. Two-tone leather/black upholstery is also part of the 50th Anniversary package, and of course, there's a special logo on the seats.

Have a look at the limited-edition Mustang in the gallery above, read about it in the press release below, and stay tuned for more info and live shots, later this week.

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It’s Official: Ford Confirms Limited Edition 50th Anniversary Mustang

2014.5 Anniversay Ford Mustang

They’ll only be producing 1,964 of these limited edition 2015 Anniversary Mustangs, but if you get your hands on one it’s guaranteed to be a collector’s edition, and come fully loaded (image gallery below).

By now you should have caught wind of a strong rumor floating around that Ford is indeed planning to build a 2014 1/2 Mustang, or possibly caught a glimpse of the recent spy photos of the vehicle in testing mode. Today, Ford has confirmed this to the public (they are calling it a “2015 Mustang,” despite the 2014.5 advocates out there) and provided a list of things you can expect from this limited edition run of 50th Anniversary Mustangs.

Specs: 2014.5 Limited Edition Mustang

Highlights

2014.5 and 1964.5 Wimbledon White Mustangs- A total of 1,964 limited edition, 50 Year Anniversary Mustangs will be produced

- Only 2 color options available – Wimbledon White and Kona Blue

*These two colors will be exclusive to the Limited Edition car and will not be offered on any other 2015 Mustang

- Each will be the GT model fastback with the full performance pack

- Offered with both a 6 speed manual and an automatic transmission

- Gearing: Limited Slip Differential with 3.55 gears on the automatic and a Torsen differential with 3.75 gears for the manual

- Only S550 Mustang available with the Performance Pack and an automatic transmission

- Features 420+ HP, 390ft-lbs TQ 5.0L Coyote V8 engine (actual power ratings still TBD)

Exterior Exclusives

Rear of 2014.5 Mustang- Unique, Y-spoke wheels (19inch) inspired by the original 1965 Mustang

- Tires: 19×9 255/40R in the front, 19×9.5 275/40R rear tires

- Kona Blue or Wimbledon White paint

- Added chrome to pay homage to the original 1965 Mustangs

1. Only 2015 Mustang with faux gas cap (located on rear decklid)2015 Mustang Chrome Tail Light Bezels

2. Chrome bezels surrounding base of taillamp blades

3. Louvered rear quarter windows: Louvers are integrated within the glass itself, unlike traditional louvers which are placed over the outside of the window (see images below)

Interior

2014.5 Anniversay Ford Mustang Dash- Unique trim panel spanning the instrument cluster with a serialized, “50 Year Limited Edition” badge on each side

- Cashmere stitched and leather wrapped steering wheel

- Cashmere stitching on the instrument panel, along with the shifter boot, center armrest and door inserts

- Two-tone cashmere and black leather upholstery with 50 Year logos on the seatbacks

The 2014.5 Ford Mustang – Ford Pays Tribute to 50 Years

Ford has been using the Mustang’s 50th anniversary as the perfect excuse to put on display the grand legacy that the Mustang has built for itself over the last 50 years, and so far they’ve yet to miss a beat. We’ve been taken back in history and shown what impact the Ford Mustang has had on not only the automotive industry, but also the car’s role in shaping American culture for the last half century.

Is it a 2014.5 Mustang or 2015 Special Edition?

While Ford is referring to this car as a 2015 model year “50th Edition,” it seems they’re following a similar, albeit confusing way of classifying these cars. All of the original 1964.5 Mustangs had 1965 model year (MY) VIN numbers, much like the 50th Mustangs will have 2015 MY VINs. That has led Ford to refer to the 1964.5 Mustangs as 1965 cars and subsequently, the 50th Mustangs will simply be limited edition 2015 models and not–officially–2014.5 cars. However, it’s not a matter of pure, unintended irony that they’re only producing 1964 of the Limited Edition 2015s and you can be sure it’s caveats like this that will fuel the “2014.5 Mustang” denotation. It is also subtle hints like this that will keep the enthusiast crowd referring to the original cars as 1964.5 and the newest Anniversary cars as 2014.5 Mustangs, even if the vin number says otherwise.

1960′s Inspired Styling

Much of the unique details and exclusive parts on the limited edition run of 2015 Mustangs have been pieces transplanted from the original 1964 1/2 cars. The Wimbledon white paint job is a tribute to Capt. Stanley Tucker’s 1964.5 Wimbledon While Mustang–the very first Mustang ever produced(serial number 0001). The chrome accents on the Anniversary Mustangs are there to remind us of the days when chrome played a prominent role in many production vehicles–the Mustang included. Even down to the Y-spoke wheels and faux gas cap, every angle you look you’ll spot a classically inspired design, exclusive to this limited run.

What details are we still missing?

Besides the power and weight specs, the pricing for the 50th Anniversary Mustang has not yet been divulged, but you can bet on them costing more that you would pay for a standard 2015 GT Performance Pack.

When will the first 2015 Mustangs be delivered?

Ford is saying that the limited edition 50th Anniversary Mustangs will be available in the fall. They’re also saying they are to be among the first 2015 Mustangs produced, leading one to believe delivery on the standard 2015 Mustangs won’t be until later in the fall as well.

2014.5 and 1964.5 Wimbledon White Mustangs 2014.5 Anniversay Ford Mustang Dash 2014.5 Anniversay Ford Mustang Interior 2014.5 Mustang Limited Edtion 50th Badge 2014.5 Mustang Revealed 2015 Mustang Built in Glass Window Louvers 2015 Mustang Chrome Tail Light Bezels 50 Year Mustang - Side View 50th Anniversary Limited Edition Mustang Dash Mustang 50 Year Gas Cap Rear of 2014.5 Mustang Wimbledon White 2015 Anniversary Mustang GT

For a complete list of photos, head over to Mustang6G’s image gallery.