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Together with the Chevrolet Corvette, the Ford Mustang has been produced continuously since its birth as one of America's representative sports cars. In Japan, I have an image that both models are macho and powerful with a large displacement engine. However, there is a big difference between the Corvette, which has been the standard for a full-fledged sports car, and the Mustang, which has always changed its styling, body size, and displacement to meet the needs of the times and users.
The first model, led by Ford VP Lee Iacocca in the 1960s, was unveiled at the 1964 New York World's Fair as a sports car for young people. Mustangs refer to "galloping horse" in North America, but one theory is that they were inspired by the P -51 Mustang, a fighter plane that was active in World War II. The styling of the long nose and short deck, which were the standard sports cars of the time, and the low price of 2368 dollars and the wide range of options called the full order choice system, made it possible to create a style that was popular not only among young people but also among men and women of all ages, and the first Mustang became a big hit.
The 6th generation (According to one theory, that was the fifth.) that I interviewed this time is a model that became a topic of conversation because it uses the interior and exterior of the first generation as a motif. Ford's Heritage line, dubbed "living legend strategy" influenced other manufacturers, and rivals such as "Chevrolet Camaro" and "Dodge Challenger" followed suit, creating a major movement in the United States. The first generation was an important part of our sales strategy, but the sixth generation has become a representative icon of the Ford brand, and its role has changed dramatically.
There are 2 types of body, coupe and convertible. The platform, engine (The initial 4 liter V6 and 4.6 liter V8 SOHC were changed from the 2011 model to 3.7 liter V6 and 5 liter V8 DOHC.) and undercarriage have all been overhauled, but the front strut and rear 3-link (rigid) suspensions follow the classic model unchanged since the 1960s. This is probably because they thought that "You don't have to change it." because they were almost exclusively for North America and did not care about exports (We exported only about 6000 6th generation cars a year.). It can be said that the characteristic of this car is the American generosity created by the now unrefined leg line, and it produces the fun of running. When the limit is reached, the latest electronic devices (traction control and stability control) intervene and support the driver, giving a 21 century car feel.
By the way, there were 2 big minor changes including interior and exterior in 2009 and 2012. The final model is the best choice in terms of the maturity of the total performance and the richness of the equipment, but since there are clearly three types of exterior and interior, including the visual aspect, the choice is really difficult.
|Shinichi Yamazaki's Highlights!|
It has been 4 years since Ford withdrew from the Japanese market in 2016. During this time, Chrysler announced the suspension of sales for brands other than Jeeps. Currently, GM is striving alone in Japan corporation, but I feel that the centripetal force of American cars in Japan is rapidly disappearing.
However, many current owners of American cars are considered to be true enthusiasts, and it would be more likely to find a good car if you buy and sell it between individuals than if you look forgood cars in a dealership. This 2012 year model Mustang V6 Premium is just one of them, and at first glance, it was in excellent condition that made me feel that it had been carefully maintained.
"It may have started when my mother was riding a Mustang Ghia (The third generation) as a child. The decisive hit was the 2000 movie "60 Seconds" in which Nicholas Cage drove Mustang Eleanor (Shelby GT 500) and fell in love at first sight. However, I was thinking that the original model was too old to handle, so when I was looking for a modern car that was close to the original model, I came across the previous Mustang. I bought it in a new car in 2012, and I have modified it to my liking."
"To bring this car closer to the longing Eleanor." Maybe because of that, I have an impression that they are very particular about everything from purchase to customization. The body color is Tungsten gray which I found on the US site and was curious about. It was not set in the domestic specification, so he chose a parallel import car (new car). In addition to the rear combination lamp replacement and paint-finished late model look, it also features a smoke side marker with built-in LED, a headlamp and fog LED, a window looper in the left and right quarter windows, and an electric storage mirror. This car seems to have finished with the presentation of the image without losing the normal atmosphere. As long as you are not an American car enthusiast, the point of finished is so high that you do not know where it has changed.
The total running distance for 7 years is about 48000 km. The engine room is also in good condition. At 309 ps/38.7 kg-m, the 3.7 liter V6 DOHC engine has no tappet noise, and mechanical sound is more subdued than you might expect. Unlike the V8 engine, the sound is light.
Even from afar, the beautiful and shiny body has been stored and regularly coated in underground parking since its first car. There were no noticeable scratches on the front bumper or mirror, and the body only had two small scratches on the rear bumper. The downsides are minor scratches on the splitter below the front bumper and scratches and plating corrosion on genuine wheels other than the driver's front wheel, but they are all minor and should not require time and cost for repair. There are some wrinkles on the outside of the driver's seat cushion due to aging, but the overall care is well done and I think the next owner will be satisfied.
Perhaps the biggest attraction of the 6th generation Mustang is the character called "Though it is a new car, I miss it somewhere". The feeling of the rear sinking when starting with a rigid axle and the comfortable ride from the beginning to the end make it a classic ride feel that you can't believe you were active until about 6 years ago, but when you run it, you get a sense of "This is also good" which is strange. It's the exact opposite of a performance-oriented sports car, but it might be the same in that you can have an extraordinary experience. As a global car, the current car has become a sophisticated car that competes with rivals in the world, but I feel that there are also things that have lost their original worldview. The sixth-generation model, which allows you to experience good old American sports car in a modern way, is very attractive as a collectible car and an introduction to American cars.
Originally written by Shinichi Yamazaki
Photo by Yukio Yoshimi
Published on February 2020
|Year of Purchase||Oct 2012|