What Is the US Mustang?

Although not an official 25th anniversary Mustang, the 1988 US Mustang was nonetheless offered as a tribute to the first quarter century of pony cars. Sold only through Lombard Ford of Winstead, Connecticut, the anniversary upgrade was available as a $3,495 "US Mustang Trim & Performance" package.

The package was the brainchild of Don Hiller and Gene Fercodini, longtime pony car enthusiasts and owners of US Mustang. While no sales figures are available for the upgrade, the car was popular enough to merit mention in Complex Magazine's list of the "100 Greatest Mustangs of All Time."

US MustangThe US Mustang — Features and Specifications

The US Mustang package started with a standard-issue 1988 GT, which came equipped with the famous 5.0L V8 of the Fox body era, itself capable of producing 225 horsepower and 300 ft/lb of torque. The US Mustang package — which could only be ordered on vehicles with a non-metallic paint — added a pair of bright gold stripes running down the hood and over the roof, gold side molding inserts and custom gold rims. While the stock engine was unchanged, the US Mustang package added four-wheel disc brakes, a 3.73:1 rear axle and a 140 mph speedometer.

Celebrating the Mustang's 25th Anniversary

The fact that the one-off, regionally-promoted US Mustang is one of only a few Mustangs celebrating the brand's 25th anniversary begs a larger question: Why didn't Ford make more of an effort to capitalize on this milestone? With all the hype surrounding the 50th anniversary this year, it's clear Ford isn't above celebrating its famous pony car's heritage.

In fact, Jack Roush did come to Ford with a proposal for a 25th anniversary Mustang. Ford was reticent to accept outside help, however, and instead chose to focus its efforts on holding events for Mustang fans rather than releasing a new car. One of these events was the American Pony Car Drive, a 7,000-mile cruise starting in Jacksonville, Florida and ending in Southern California for the "Fabulous Ford Forever" show.

While its 25th anniversary was not the celebration many fans were looking for, the Mustang did of course live to see many other milestones, including this year's 50th birthday bash.