What Are the Anniversary Edition Mustangs?Last Updated August 4, 2019
The Ford Mustang is a true American original that has been a ubiquitous presence on our highways and in our driveways for half a century. Over the years, Ford has commemorated certain milestone years in the illustrious history of the Mustang by developing a number of special anniversary edition vehicles. Many of these vehicles have become favorites of Mustang enthusiasts and car collectors everywhere.
Tracing the History of the Anniversary Edition Mustang
Ford got somewhat of a late start in introducing anniversary edition Mustangs, waiting until 1984 to commemorate the Mustang’s 20th anniversary. That year, Ford released a limited edition GT350 that was available as a coupe or convertible. A prominent feature was the distinctive GT350 striping that paid homage to the classic Carroll Shelby Mustangs produced in the 1960s.
While Ford did not release a silver anniversary Mustang, it did mark the occasion by developing a modified running horse badge that was placed under the dashboard of the 1989 Mustangs. The next milestone Mustang did not appear until 1999 to commemorate its 35th anniversary. In 2004, Ford produced a 40th anniversary edition option package consisting of special badging, stripes and leather interiors. A special cloth convertible top was also available.
To celebrate the Ford Motor Company’s 100th anniversary, the venerable automobile manufacturer produced a special-edition Mustang in 2003. Just over 2,000 of these Centennial Edition Mustangs rolled off the assembly line in Dearborn. Interestingly, these vehicles only came in black, which served as a tip of the cap to Henry Ford and his edict from a century ago that Model T buyers could have any color they wanted, as long as it was black!
In late 2014, Ford released a 50th anniversary Mustang featuring a sleek body design, newly designed rear suspension system for improved handling, and even an optional turbocharged four-cylinder engine.
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Ford first started celebrating the anniversary of the Ford Mustang in 1984, which was the Mustang's 20th anniversary. In addition to the commemoration, Ford had celebrated the anniversary of the Ford Mustang a few more times as well as having the Mustang participate in celebrating Ford's 100th anniversary.
In the late 60s and early 70s, if you wanted a more luxurious performance sports car, then the Mustang Grande was for you. Produced during the last half of the Mustang's first-generation, the Mustang Grande featured a wood trim, smoother ride, and more sound-deadening materials.
The Mustang Ghia was Ford's attempt at creating a luxury Mustang during the 1973 gas crisis and available as a luxury package option on the second-generation Mustangs. While the Mustang Ghia saw a limited run in the USA, Ford offered the Ghia trim in Europe on most popular models until 2010.
Supercharged with a 4.6L V8 engine capable of producing 450 horsepower was the 1992 Mustang Mach 3. The Mach 3 was the Mustang product development team's attempt to come up with a newly designed Mustang for the fourth generation.
Designed specifically for the racetrack, the Mustang SVT Cobra-R was first released in 1993 and is widely regarded as one of the best SVT products of all time. Only 107 SVT Cobra-R's were produced in 1993. The SVT Cobra-R also made another appearance in 2000 with only 250 being produced.