Classic Car Rescue

Mustang

It started as a piece of marketing genius and grew into America’s most famous muscle car.

Mustang

Launched in 1964 at the New York World’s Fair the Mustang took America by storm. Hotshot executive Lee Lacocca arranged for it to be displayed in a giant Disney-designed pavilion called the Wonder Rotunda which traced wonders through time from the dinosaurs and the pyramids to… the Mustang. 22,000 orders were taken on the first day alone; an unequalled feat to this day. One reason why this emblem of the baby boomer generation sold half a million cars in a year was that it broke dramatically with the style of the obese, finned, chromed cars of the late 1950’s.

Instead the Mustang was a sleek and sporty passenger car that became a pop culture icon. Ford ruthlessly exploited this by offering a myriad of trim and engine options, and the Mustang was available with anything from a 100bhp ‘six’ to a 450bhp V8 which was practically race ready.

The Mustang created a whole new market segment named in its honour as ‘Pony Cars’. The Pontiac Trans Am, Chevrolet Camaro, AMC Javelin, Dodge Challenger and even Fords own European Mustang – the Capri, all came along in its wake but none could beat the original. The science of car marketing would never be the same again. 

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  • Andy

    over 1 year ago

    Andy

    Someone has won,it's on channel 5 winners. I hope he loves it as much as I would of! Good luck to him.

  • Josh

    over 1 year ago

    Josh

    I'm bound to win after entering the draw for each car (aside from the MGB) three times! ;) Well, if they ever decide to reveal who's won that is...

  • robbyrockstar

    over 1 year ago

    robbyrockstar

    Surely the mustang is mine surely any minuite now that phone gonna ring!!! Yeah righto load of old tosh !

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  • ian

    over 1 year ago

    ian

    makes me wonder about this so called win a car

  • H

    over 1 year ago

    H

    Has anyone been contacted about winning the last 3 cars?

  • Alan

    over 1 year ago

    Alan

    I guess winner knows who he/she is by now. I'm still waiting for the magic phone call!! Wishing dreams would one day come true.

  • Harm

    over 1 year ago

    Harm

    Thanks JC

  • geoff

    over 1 year ago

    geoff

    pleas tell us who won

  • JC

    over 1 year ago

    JC

    Check Channel5.com/win it's got winners names for jag + porsche but not others yet.

  • Harm

    over 1 year ago

    Harm

    How do we find out the winners?

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  • Jacob gear

    over 1 year ago

    Jacob gear

    Who won ??????????????

  • mark

    over 1 year ago

    mark

    How do you find out who has won?

  • james wright

    over 1 year ago

    james wright

    who as won the mustang

  • darren

    over 1 year ago

    darren

    it is about now the winner should be announced. jealous of the winner. hope it gets a good home - luv & care it should get + a good rant now & then (cruel to deny its true pedigree - what it was built for). looks like i will be sticking with the tweaked t-jet.

  • Alan Butden

    over 1 year ago

    Alan Butden

    I think I've won

  • Matt

    over 1 year ago

    Matt

    But who's won ?? Need to know, it's driving me mad

  • Luke

    over 1 year ago

    Luke

    How do we find out who has won the cars?????

  • Dave

    over 1 year ago

    Dave

    Why do my comments keep getting taken off??????? Oh wait a min. I know......... It's because they aren't arse kissing lovey covey comments!!!!!

  • Matthew Swindell

    over 1 year ago

    Matthew Swindell

    How do you see who won the car?

  • john

    over 1 year ago

    john

    How do you no who won the cars and to all you people sitting there trashing the show there is an easy answer dont watch it .

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  • Dave

    over 1 year ago

    Dave

    I like this show as it is a great piece of classic farce I keep expecting Brian Ricks to rush in and drop his trousers. Or Benny hill to start slapping the bald blokes head.

  • jakes

    over 1 year ago

    jakes

    The screen smash was hammy, but so what-it's great to see the end product-anyone want some Fiat127 parts???

  • your kidding right

    over 1 year ago

    your kidding right

    this is quite possibly the worst car program I've ever seen. I just don't know where to start, the bad welding, the ridiculous unrecoverable labour costs. The orange peel paint finish, the ill fitting panels. THE GENUINE ACCIDENT of breaking the screen. Cutting an old screen out of a scrapper to save $350 when you can buy a new one off the shelf for £80. Painting a car overnight then fully fitting trim, brightwork, rubbers and bumpers on soft paint in 3 hours. The engine EXPLOSION and argument because the timing was slightly out (great engine build). Badging it as a BOSS 302 when it's a cooking engine and a 2 barrel. Take me to the place where that's worth $29,000 I'd like to sell my 1988 Golf for $12,000. That's before I get into acting that makes Clarkson & Co look like the RSC, repetitive filler VT's, excessive film burn and white flashes. Badly framed shots and what looked like some bad slomo or NTSC transfer. The only saving grace were the 3D graphics.

  • erica doolittle

    over 1 year ago

    erica doolittle

    as i have wtched this series unfold, it seems that it is going to be ruined by the hammy acting and the fake drama and arguments. Keep it factual, with more info on the actual build and less computer graphics - and MUCH less of the presenters doing fake arguing - they really really suck s actors. Show formula is clearly " Buy a wreck, argue, make a bet, argue, fall out/lose staff/leave cr for a day to put schedule in doubt, argue. And repeated clips throughout the programme are annoying. Use the time to show us things like the interior refits, or the restoration of separate parts. Not enough during, and too much after, in my opinion.

  • christian brewer

    over 1 year ago

    christian brewer

    I'm sorry, but you cannot weld up a convertible without a jig, at the very least it should have the doors braced to hold the floor and sills straight. That is some seriously claggy welding underneath, and rust protection from a spray can over dubious primer, please!

  • T Stephenson

    over 1 year ago

    T Stephenson

    An interesting series so far. The only critisism I would make about this week was with all the information they had about that particular car (The piece of paper listing the "as built" spec for the car) why didn't they use that as a guide for the restoration? It would surely add value as it was unique, especially for collectors where provenance is important.

  • Matt

    over 1 year ago

    Matt

    I'm confused. Why did Romero throw a windscreen on the floor? It wasn't even the windscreen from the car. Perhaps he was angry.

  • Matthew Woolgar

    over 1 year ago

    Matthew Woolgar

    I've just entered to win the Mustang, would love that parked on the drive :) Great show, keep it up chaps!

  • T Adams

    over 1 year ago

    T Adams

    Looks stunning like the sound of that V8.sex on wheels!!!

  • Rupert

    over 1 year ago

    Rupert

    I see channel 5 have been busy editing out most of the negative comments! Do you honestly think that is going to make the program any better?

  • Martin

    over 1 year ago

    Martin

    Amazing job guys!! That's kinda work I would like to do.

  • darren

    over 1 year ago

    darren

    you have saved a bit of history for yeas to come. looks & sounds fantastic. the odds of winning it are very small but have entered this week - just a chance of giving it a caring home for years to come. my Mrs hates them (never liked my classic V8 range rover), but to me its a true V8 - so what if it does around 10 m.p.g. it would be worth every penny on a hot summers day, & the enjoyment of looking + polishing it.

  • Pixie

    over 1 year ago

    Pixie

    The best car you've doe so far :0) And could you please stop shouting its not attractive and bad for my ears Thanks in advance anticipation of your cooperation on this point :0)

  • wellsey

    over 1 year ago

    wellsey

    is it possible to see some images of the mustang with the roof up?

  • loo

    over 1 year ago

    loo

    Im sorry but the breaking of the windscreen was just tripe, you could clearly see that the screen that was dropped was off a more modern car, please don’t treat us like mugs, this show should either be a factual programme or entertainment!

  • Andy

    over 1 year ago

    Andy

    The wheels look like American racing 5 spokes

  • Dan Cinelli

    over 1 year ago

    Dan Cinelli

    Very nice! What brand of wheels are those tires mounted on?

  • wellsey

    over 1 year ago

    wellsey

    looks the dogs dangle bits!!!!

  • darren

    over 1 year ago

    darren

    hope its the V8 (miss my old V8 range rover with cherry bomb - sounded gr8). never been in a mustang - lookes very nice. will watch the sow next week! (will enter the competition on this as perfect for driving around in the summer/sea side town)

  • robert russell

    over 1 year ago

    robert russell

    nice car

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