While red is the most predominant Mustang color, green Mustangs have been an integral part of the pony car’s illustrious, five-decade-plus history. From the very beginning, there were three different shades of Mustang green offered in the 1964.5 model year, and the color remained a prominent entity throughout the entire First Generation.
Green Mustangs have been featured in dozens of films and television shows over the years, highlighted of course by the 1968 classic Bullitt. The Ford Motor Company took a break on producing green Mustangs from the late 1970s all the way through the tail end of the Fox Body Generation, but the classic color bounced back in a big way during the SN95 era.
Whether you’re talking about the older Dynasty Green or Grabber Green or the shades from the new millennium, such as Gotta Have It Green or 2019's Need For Green, there is a shade of Mustang green out there for everyone and their favorite pony car!
No article about the best shades of Mustang green is complete without mentioning the most famous one of all, Highland Green, and that is where we will begin. Debuting in 1968, those that were unfamiliar with the now-famous Highland Green paint code would soon see it plastered on the silver screen in Bullitt.
In the undisputed most famous movie car chase scene of all-time, Steve McQueen sped through the streets of San Francisco in a 1968 GT390 Fastback that was painted, you guessed it, Highland Green! The Highland Green Mustang paint color soared in popularity as a result of the movie, and in 2001, the Ford Motor Company partnered with Warner Brothers to offer a special edition GT with the Bullitt nameplate, and the iconic color to go along with it.
The Bullitt Mustang and the Highland Green paint code reappeared in 2008 and 2009, before being resurrected again for the 2019 model year.
Dynasty Green has not been offered since 1965, but it was a popular color at the time, and it helped get the Mustang off of the ground in its maiden years. Much lighter than the Cascade Green option, Dynasty Green closely resembles Pagoda Green, which quietly disappeared following the 1964.5 model year.
Roughly half of the original 1964.5 colors did not carry over into 1965, with Dynasty Green standing alone as the only original green left. A number of other shades of Mustang green emerged during the First Generation, including Ivy, Dark Moss, and Diamond, but Dynasty Green remains a focal point of the pony car’s early years and is still popular among classic auto enthusiasts in the present day.
When discussing popular Mustang paint codes, the word “Grabber” is bound to come up at some point or another. In 1969, Ford released a number of Grabber colors, including Grabber Blue, Grabber Orange, Grabber Yellow, and of course, Grabber Green. The Grabber Green Mustang lasted three wonderful years towards the end of the First Generation.
Grabber Blue and Grabber Orange re-debuted in the S197 Generation, with Blue also making an appearance in 2017, but the curtain fell on the Grabber Green Mustang following the 1971 model year. It only lasted a short time, especially compared to its other Grabber brethren, but whenever a Grabber Green Mustang rolls into town or to a classic car show, you can bet that it grabs the attention of the masses! Grabber Lime returns in 2020, and it's just as great as its vintage brethren.
Following the 1976 model year, with the exception of a special edition Deep Emerald Green in 1990, those that wished to purchase a Fox Body green Mustang would have to wait until the 1991 model year to finally end the hiatus.
Thankfully, the Ford Motor Company made up for the lost time by debuting the stunning Calypso Green color towards the end of the pony car’s Third Generation. Billed as either “Bright Green” or “Calypso Green,” this particular color represented a terrific blend between blue and green and is the perfect choice for pony car enthusiasts that also enjoy the ocean and all things aqua.
The reign of the Calypso Mustang lasted just three years of the Fox Body’s 14-year stretch, but the distinguished shade of Mustang green soared in popularity during its brief run and remains a constant head-turner in the new millennium.
As the 20th Century drew to a close, the era of the New Edge Mustang was only just beginning! “New Edge” refers to all SN95 pony cars that were manufactured from 1999-2004, and these particular Mustangs breathed new life into the Fourth Generation. As if the aesthetic benefits weren’t great enough as is, the Ford Motor Company debuted the Electric Green Mustang paint color for the 1999 model year.
Electric Green represents the perfect marriage between light and dark green, and the popular color became a cornerstone of the second half of the SN95 Generation. In fact, Electric Green is one of just four colors offered for the original 1999 SVT Cobra. Beginning in 2001, it was not available on the Cobra anymore, but by then, Electric Green had clearly established itself as one of the premier color choices of the time.
New Edge GTs have a timeless charm to them, and the brilliant Electric Green color helped truly define the era and is a major reason as to why the Cobras are still eye-catchers all of these years later.
Gotta Have It Green
As its name implies, you gotta have it! In one of the more creative color choices throughout the Mustang’s 50-plus-year run, the Ford Motor Company dubbed the bright, highlighter green Gotta Have It Green, and it did not take the masses long to fall in love with it!
There were few green Mustang options available for the first eight years of the S197 Generation. Thankfully, Ford remedied the situation in 2013 by debuting the ever-popular Gotta Have It Green to the eager Mustang community.
Unlike many other shades of Mustang green, it is impossible to mistake a Gotta Have It Green pony car from another, and you will be able to easily pick it out of the crowd at a Cars and Coffee or a racing event!
Speaking of racing, years ago, CJ Pony Parts unveiled a pair of Gotta Have It Green Mustang project cars. The famed Gotta Have It Street and Gotta Have It Race builds became fixtures at performance driving events and are two of our most popular builds ever!
Need For Green
History has a funny way of repeating itself. After not having a single green Mustang available for the first half of the S550 Generation, you could say that Mustang aficionados of all walks of life had the need for some green! Playing off of the anticipation, Ford unveiled the Need For Green Mustang color to help build the excitement for the 2019 ‘Stang.
Akin to the Orange Fury hype for 2018, Need For Green quickly established itself as one of the poster colors for the 2019 Mustang, and the attractive shade could be found on much of the promotional material leading up to the vehicle’s release in late 2018.
It bears a striking resemblance to the Camaro’s Krypton Green, but Need For Green has formed its own identity, and Ford fans were more than eager to welcome in a brighter shade of Mustang green that had not been seen in quite some time. Combined with the all-new Bullitt, fans of green Mustangs had plenty to cheer about for the 2019 model year!