What Is the Mustang Indy Pace Car?Last Updated July 21, 2021 | Andrew Boyle
A special edition Mustang called the Indy Pace Car Mustang was produced in 1979 to celebrate the second appearance that a Mustang served as a pace car for the Indy 500. The Indy Pace Car Mustang turned out to b a surprise hit for Ford, selling over 10,000 units. Two more Pace Car Mustangs editions were produced in 2011 and 2012.
Ford and Hertz teamed up in 1966 for a "Rent-a-Racer" promotion with the "H" in Shelby GT-H standing for Hertz. The promotion was revived two more times, once 40 years after the first promotion in 2006 and again in 2016.
In 1995, Jack Roush formed Roush Performance Products. Two years later, Roush debuted the Roush Mustang which consisted of three packages: Stage 1, Stage 2 and Stage 3. Each stage provided progressively more in the way of features and options.
Featuring the 2007's V6 premium coupe as its base, the Mustang Heat Edition added a distinctive black stripe, hood scoop and rear wing as well as some special badging. Only an estimated 279 of the Head Edition package were produced. The Heat edition was an official Ford-sanctioned Mustang.
With only five examples estimated to have survived to today, the 1966 Gold Edition is one of the rarest editions ever released. Distinguished only by cosmetic changes, such as a unique Anniversary Edition Gold paint job and an upgraded interior, the Gold Edition was often promoted by giveaways and contests.