Hitting showrooms in the spring of 2003, the Centennial Edition Mustang featured a number of exterior and interior upgrades. The Centennial Edition was available only in black, hearkening back to Henry Ford’s famous quote about the Model T — “a customer can have a car painted any color that he wants, so long as it is black.”
Mustang Centennial Edition FeaturesThe Mustang Centennial Edition was based on the 2003 GT, which featured a 4.6L V8 built off Ford’s Modular engine platform. Both a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic overdrive transmissions were available. All Mustang Centennial Editions were equipped with anti-lock brakes (ABS), traction control and a dual exhaust.
Other than this, however, upgrades to the Mustang Centennial Edition were almost entirely cosmetic, and included:
Exterior: In addition to the aforementioned all-black paint job, the Mustang Centennial Edition was outfitted with special premium 17” alloy rims, a commemorative deck lid and special side badging not found on the plain-Jane Mustangs.
Interior: The Mustang Centennial Edition got two-tone Verona-grain Imola leather seats with power lumbar support, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and a premium sound system with a six-disc CD changer.
Aside from the car itself, anyone who purchased the Centennial Edition Mustang received a commemorative watch and key chain, as well as a specially bound copy of the book The Ford Century: Ford Motor Company and the Innovations that Shaped the World by Russ Banham.