Have you seen John Wick: Chapter 2? There is a car in this movie that caused countless blood and killings. Do you know what car it is? That’s right. It’s a Ford Mustang!
Many Hollywood movies like to use the Mustang as a royal vehicle to shoot, but the Mustang is the car that best reflects the American spirit – free and uninhibited.
However, to understand this car in-depth, we must first briefly introduce the history of the Ford Mustang.
The Ford Mustang originated after World War II when a racing sport called Drag Racing became popular, the common drag race in Fast & Furious. This kind of competition has very high requirements for the instantaneous explosive power of the engine, so major American automobile companies have begun to develop large-displacement performance models. The famous muscle car Ford Mustang was born at that time.
At the 1964 New York World’s Fair, after in-depth discussions with Ford executives and a series of revisions, the production version of the Mustang was officially launched. The first-generation Mustang established the basic design of the Mustang model: a long front, a short rear, and a two-door, four-way layout, while the grille with the Mercedes logo, prominent fenders, and three-bar taillights became the Mustang. The most iconic design.
Due to its low price, stylish appearance, and good handling, the Ford Mustang became the most popular model. The sales exceeded 400,000 units in its first year, and it sold one million in just 20 months.
The Mustang that followed was a hard history. In 1973, the second-generation Mustang was launched. Affected by the oil crisis in the 1970s, the body size of this generation of Mustangs has shrunk significantly, and the displacement is also hard to bear the name of a muscle car.
The third-generation Mustang abandoned the traditional American design style to cater to the popular European car design ideas. It became a “European-style” Mustang that pursues practicality, losing the essence of American design.
The fourth-generation Mustang was even more outrageous. The design of the “Japanese-style” performance sports car had nothing to do with the previous Mustang, and the sleek shape was unacceptable to American consumers at the time.
Fortunately, in 2005, Ford’s fifth-generation Mustang prodigal returned to the most traditional design, with a long front, short rear, three vertical-bar taillights, and muscular body lines. Salute, but also represents the determination to return to the right path.
In 2015, the sixth-generation Mustang was officially released, jumping out of the North American market and becoming the first global model of the Mustang.
In January 2017, this generation of Mustang launched an updated version, optimized the power and transmission system, canceled the 3.7-liter V6 engine, and upgraded the automatic transmission to a 10-speed manual. Smoother power and better fuel economy are expected to Strengthen further the competitiveness of models in the same type of products.
In returning the Mustang in a long circle, if you want to choose the most classic Mustang model in history, I believe that most Mustang fans agree that it is the 1967 GT500 Eleanor. Fans who have watched Gone in Sixty Seconds must be impressed by it.
In 1967, the first-generation facelifted Mustang, which was better than blue, became a classic, greatly improving the power. The 6.4-liter V8 engine used in the Ford Thunderbird was selected, and the maximum power could climb to 330 horsepower. The Mustang was named the Shelby GT390 and became a legend of the era.
But this is nothing. The Shelby Cobra GT500 driven by Nicolas Cage in Gone in Sixty Seconds is even more exaggerated. The 7.0-liter V8 engine provides a maximum power of 340 horsepower and a peak torque of nearly 600 Nm. This data was almost unmatched at the time. So far, the muscle car potential of the Mustang has been fully tapped. It has an eye-catching performance, whether it is acceleration on a straight track or acceleration from 100 kilometers.
John Wick, the protagonist of the movie John Wick: Chapter 2, is an elite who is firmly on the top of the killer list. His car that cost hundreds of people’s lives must also be the hallmark model of the Ford Mustang.
In 1969, the first-generation Ford Mustang received a second facelift with a larger size and improved power. John’s car in the movie is the top model of the second facelift — Mustang Mach 1. It is equipped with a Cobra engine with a maximum power of 335 horsepower. With a 5-speed transmission, the acceleration of 0-96km/h is 4.7 seconds and 400 meters. The sprint time is 12.8 seconds.
At that time, the famous magazine Car Life named it “the fastest 4-passenger production car”. It was not onlywildly chased by car enthusiasts at that time but also became a classic collector’s item. A 1969 Ford Mustang Mach1 was auctioned. The market value is as high as more than 500,000 US dollars, but in addition to the value, I believe that John is more concerned about the free spirit in the bones of this car.
The evolution of the Mustang is not smooth, but these waves have added a lot of legend to the Mustang, and it has also become the most primitive and sexy free soul in the hearts of unfettered people like John. Roam freely in the wilderness.
Under the guidance of the free spirit of the Mustang, there are now many Mustang enthusiasts who modify the Mustang according to their preferences, such as changing the Mustang headlights and changing the color of the car body. All in all, follow your heart!