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Being the Mustang’s 40th birthday this year and that the Mustang is due for a design change Ford has decided to move into the past rather than the future for this decade’s new look. Leaving behind its over 20 year platform Ford has completely change the Mustang from top to bottom and has borrowed design themes from the 1967, 69, and 71 Mustang models to make its new 2005 Mustang better than before. With its 1967, 69 and 71 look this new Mustang will definitely turn some heads as well bring back some past buyers from the baby boomer times of the Muscle Car. Up front this new Mustang borrows form its 1969 model with its well crafted circular headlamps hiding behind a new age cover of plastic. The front grille has the very noticeable Mustang emblem, but on this base model Mustang the grille looks a little bit plain, maybe Ford should have gone with an aluminum or chrome look to really bring back the past. A very plain front bumper covers where the old chrome wrap around bumper once stood. The front bumper is also where Ford lost some edge in its design because the front has no great looking front air ports to cool off the Mustang’s engine bay. The hood perfectly follows up from the grille to the window and recalls some old pleasures of past Mustangs. Wide wheel flares have been added to the side to add to more of the past look of the 1964.5 – 1975 models.
The base model’s wheels are where Ford really lucked out on because there is no feature or look from the past on these wheels, just a new age attempted at a past looking wheel. The back is where the past mixes with the future well and is also where you will see design themes from the 1967 and 71 Mustang’s. The new rear lights borrowed from the 1971 model are a perfect fit for this new Mustang and give it a real new age meets the past look. With the past brought back Ford has brought back the old style trunk lock, complete with a matching emblem and chrome covering. From the rear is where the 1967 Bullit Mustang is seen, with its flowing rear hatch look, which follows perfectly down from the roof to the trunk lid. Although its actual 40th birthday past this summer Ford still wants to celebrate with the release its past meets future Mustang next spring. It’s good to see that Ford has brought back a North American legend back to the streets in the best ways every muscle car fan remembered it. So lets hope that this once king of the streets can live up to its design.