Top 10 Classic Mustangs

I remember the first time I fell in love. It was a hot Texas summer day just like every other hot Texas summer day. Except on this particular day, I saw something out of the corner of my eye that changed everything. I caught a glimpse of a C-stripe: black on red. I had to see more. When we turned around I saw the fastback roofline, then the GT emblem on the front fender, then the front end, and finally the small red ‘for sale’ sign in the windshield. It wasn’t long until she was home with the family. It was inevitable to get swept away with a gear-head for a father and a muscle car in the driveway. I learned everything I could and we went to as many car shows as possible. After 15 years of interest, I have finally compiled my favorite Mustangs into one lustful list. Enjoy!

Top Ten Classic Mustangs

1964 1/2  Ford Mustang

Number 10: 1964 1/2 Ford Mustang Coupe
The car that started it all! The original pony car, which was officially unveiled by Henry Ford II at the World’s Fair in Flushing Meadows, New York, on April 17, 1964, took America by storm. This debut model was honored as being the Official Indianapolis 500 Pace Car. With over 400,000 Mustangs sold in its debut year, it’s no wonder this little pony made the list.

1965 Mustang Convertible

Number 9: 1965 Ford Mustang Convertible
The 1965 Mustang convertible is undoubtedly classic Americana. The ’65 line-up included the coupe, convertible, and all new fastback. New options included the GT package, the pony interior, and the option for AC. The 1965 Mustang even won the Tiffany Gold Medal for excellence in American design, the first automobile ever to do so. With so many new amazing options it was hard to pick just one to represent the year.

1966 Hertz Rent a Racer
Photo by Jim Smart for Mustang360

Number 8: 1966 Shelby Hertz GT350H Rent a Racer
In September of 1965, Shelby American General Manager Peyton Cramer struck up a deal with Hertz to offer the 1966 GT350H Mustang as a rental car. For about $17 a day you could rent a Mustang with a Cobra 289 HP engine boasting 306 hp and 329 lb-ft of torque. Sure beats the rentals of today. 

1968 Mustang GT
Photograph by JODI L. ROBBINS

Number 7: 1968 Ford Mustang 390 GT 2+2 Fastback
While the redesign started in 1967, it was refined in 1968 with different detailing while maintaining the new, larger size. The 289 V8 engine option was now behind the newer 320 hp 390 cu in (6.4 L) FE engine. The ’68 GT Fastback is perfect for its body lines to its engine options to its accessory options. Maybe it’s because this model is my first love but I personally don’t think it gets much better than this! If you’d like to see this car in action then you should definitely watch the movie, Bullitt.

1970 Grabber Blue Mach 1 

Number 6: 1970 Ford Mustang Mach 1
The Mach 1 was a V8 powered Sportsroof body with numerous visual and performance enhancing items.  There was a matte black hood treatment with hood pins and hood scoop (including optional Shaker scoop), deluxe interior, and an unmistakable dealer optional chin spoiler just to name a few appearance features. Mach 1’s featured competition suspension and a variety of powertrain options. My favorite feature for the ’70 Mustang is a simple one: the Grabber Blue paint. There’s nothing else quite like it! 

1969 Mustang Boss 302 
Photograph from MOTORBOOKS.COM

Number 5: 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302
The Boss 302 Mustang, designed by Larry Shinoda, was Ford’s answer to the Chevrolet Camaro’s daunting presence.  According to Car and Driver in June 1969, “The Boss 302 is a hell of an enthusiast’s car. It’s what the Shelby GT 350s and 500s should have been but weren’t.” For ’69 the Boss 302 was limited to four exterior colors including Bright Yellow, Calypso Coral, Acapulco Blue, and Wimbledon White. Bright Yellow and Calypso Coral were unique to the Boss 302 in 1969.

1968 Mustang GT California Special

Number 4: 1968 Ford Mustang GT California Special
The California Ford Dealers began to market a factory-built limited-edition Mustang called the GT/CS, or “California Special,” in mid-February of 1968. Most California Specials were equipped with a 289 V8, a 2 barrel carburetor, and a C-4 automatic transmission. The GT option package was available on the GT/CS so some, but not all, GT/CSs are also GTs. Side stripes with the “GT/CS” die-cut logo, a rear decklid stripe, 1965 Thunderbird taillights, fog lights, hood pins, scoops, and a spoiler were all included. Only 4118 were made, including 251 units that were remarketed in Denver, Colorado, as “High Country Special ’68.” 

1970 Twister Special
Photograph from MECUM.COM

Number 3: 1970 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Cobra Jet Twister Special
In late 1969, Ford offered a special-edition Mustang to dealers in the Kansas City area. These 1970 Mach 1-based cars were named “Twister Special.” These Mustangs featured either a 428 Super Cobra Jet engine or, due to a 428 shortage, a 351 Cleveland. Buyers had the option of selecting either a manual or automatic transmission. Only 96 of these Grabber Orange Mustangs were ever produced. 

1968 Shelby Mustang GT500 KR
Photograph from SHNACK.COM

Number 2: 1968 Shelby Mustang GT500 KR
The 1968 Shelby GT500 KR rightfully earned the name “King of the Road” with it’s 428 Cobra Jet engine and restyled fiberglass front end. The 7.0 liter V-8 put out about 400 horsepower and 440 pound-feet of torque at 5,600 rpm. Exterior details that made the GT500 KR stand out were twin hood scoops and louvers and included “Cobra Jet 428” emblems on the fenders, dash and gas cap lid, and graphics on the front fenders. 

1969 Mustang Boss 429

Number 1: 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429
In 1969 there were only 859 Boss 429s made by Ford Motor Company. The engine was originally designed for NASCAR racing and was crammed into the ’69 by Kar Kraft to meet sales guidelines. The Boss 429 has a toned down exterior with minimal badges and the hood is crowned by a massive scoop. The combination of beauty and brawn has earned this model the number one spot on my list. 

Honorable Mentions

Shelby EXP 500 
Photograph by JEFF KOCH

Honorable Mention: Green Hornet
Shelby’s one-off experiment Mustang never made it to production. Read all about the Shelby EXP 500 at

Playboy Pink Mustang
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Honorable Mention: Donna Michelle’s Playboy Pink Mustang
Awarded to the 1964 Playmate of the Year, this Mustang was a special order. 

Is there something I missed? What is your favorite classic Mustang? Please comment below!

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