The history of the Ford Mustangof our club...
Here too, like the Thunderbird, it is a 2-seater sports car that has generated high sales figures with the public.
After a weekend with the Thunderbird, the Ford Motor division general manager at the time wanted a similar model with a back seat in which at least 4 passengers could find room.
After a four-seater model of the Thunderbird entered the market in 1958, Ford was concerned about another problem for the following years.
European competitors like MG, Austin Healey or Alfa Romeo sold more and more cars in the USA because they were sportier, cheaper and generally more economical. A young clientele, which Ford greatly lacked, was addressed and it was precisely this target group that needed to be reached as quickly as possible.
For some time now a certain Lee Iaccocca at Ford had been worried about this situation, but was not in a position within the Ford Motor Company to assert himself.
In 1960, this Lee Iaccocca became vice president of Ford at the age of 36 and immediately formed a team that had to develop a sporty, attractive and affordable car.
This group became known as the “Fairlane Committee” because they met regularly after work for 14 weeks at the Fairlane hotel in Dearborn to exchange ideas and are responsible for the Ford Mustang model.
On April 17, 1964, the finished car was finally presented at the New York World's Fair. This model is known as the 1964½.
Compared to other models from competing Chevrolet and Dodge brands, these Mustangs were easy to drive, compact and very attractive in terms of price.
The Mustang concept was presented with the advertising slogan: THE CAR YOU ALWAYS PROMISED YOURSELF and, thanks to well thought out and extensive advertising campaigns, 680,000 units were sold in the first year. This represents the sales record of a newly introduced model to date.
Thanks to a multitude of options, 3 different body variants (Coupé, Cabriolet and Fastback) and different engine variants, the customer could design his Mustang individually.
The first Mustangs that rolled off the Dearborn production line on March 9, 1964 were white convertibles with red interiors.
At the same time, FORD also planned the export to Europe, where the model was also due to the United States stationed here. The soldiers were very popular.
In Germany, however, a problem was encountered. As the name MUSTANG was already used by the companies KRUPP (which produced Mustang trucks) and KREIDLER (which produced Mustang mopeds) and they were claiming naming rights.
Ford did not want to pay these duties, however, and marketed the model as the T5 in Germany. It was exactly the same car, but at the beginning there was a name conversion kit in the trunk which had to be installed by the importer in Germany before delivery. This was soon no longer tolerated by customs and FORD delivered the T5 models ex works with the correct lettering.
An agreement was not made until December 31, 1978, and now the name Mustang could also be used.
The first Mustang models were also made known by Carroll Shelby,
This former racing driver (winner of Le Mans in 1959) and businessman (Chicken Farmer) is famous for the legendary Cobras he has built since 1960 and which were fitted with FORD engines. In 1960, Shelby went to Ford Motor Company to purchase V8 engines for his Cobra. Four years later, FORD came to Shelby to recommend a collaboration.
From 1965 Carroll Shelby in Venice / California built the SHELBY GT-350 (562 units) based on the Ford Mustang Fastback, by 1966 the number was already 1438 units, plus 6 convertibles. In cooperation with the car rental company HERTZ, the famous GT-350H model (936 units) was created in the same year.
This cooperation was renewed in 2006 and 2007 with 500 units per year of construction.
The popular pony car with the Mustang horse in the grille has often been modified both optically and technically in the following years, so that the 5th generation of the model will be on the market by 2014.
At the end of 2013, FORD presented the new model series VI, which will be available from the end of 2014. In addition to the more powerful engines, Ford EcoBoost 4-cylinder 2.3 liters and 309 hp engines are used here for the first time.
The independent wheel suspension is also used for the first time in this model series. Between 1965 and today, all Mustangs (except the SVT Cobra 1999-2004 series) were fitted with a solid axle.
In order to reduce the weight, the new Mustangs of the VI model series are provided with hoods and fenders made of aluminum.
To this day, Ford Mustang models are also popular in the film industry, as early as 1964, viewers saw these cars e.g. in the film 'Le Gendarme de St. Tropez "with Louis de Funès or" Goldfinger "with the then James Bond actor Sean Connery. Films like "Bullit" with Steve Mc Queen, "Gone in 60 Seconds" with Nicolas Cage or "Need for Speed" with Aaron Paul followed this tradition.
The FORD Mustang was, is and will certainly remain a cult car which will always find a large fan base and which will continue to live up to its reputation in the future.
In 1990, a handful of Mustang enthusiasts had the great idea to honor the history and life of this mystical car by creating the VINTAGE MUSTANG CLUB DE LUXEMBOURG.
Since the first day, the club has generated a lot of interest and the number of members has continued to increase.
In 1994, on the occasion of the 30 years of the Ford Mustang, the club organized the EUROPEAN MUSTANG ANNIVERSARY CONVENTION on the Colmar Berg circuit (Luxembourg) by bringing together no less than 225 cars from all over Europe to celebrate this event. .
In 2004, on the occasion of the 40th anniversary, a meeting was organized with the Ford Dealership in Grevenmacher (Luxembourg) with a target of 40 cars only from Luxembourg.
The event was a success and many Mustang aficionados had the opportunity to take a tour of the cars on display, for the benefit of TELEVIE Luxembourg.
Throughout these many years, the VINTAGE MUSTANG CLUB DE LUXEMBOURG has participated in meetings all over Europe and shared experiences with members of other local clubs.
In 2010, the club celebrated its 20th anniversary with a 1-week car exhibition at the Center Commercial du CENTER COMMERCIAL BELLE ETOILE in Bertrange (Luxembourg).
Today, the Luxembourgish community of Mustang owners (vintage and modern) has grown quite a bit and the VMCL currently has over sixty members.
The event: As in 2014, a very unique anniversary (50 years of a Legend) awaits us on
VINTAGE MUSTANG CLUB DE LUXEMBOURG has decided to organize a
MUSTANG CHARITY AND BIRTHDAY TOUR.
The event will take place from June 7 to June 15, 2014 and visit participants from Luxembourg, via Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, France and will end with a Concours d'Elegance back again in Luxembourg at NOON ON JUNE 15, 2014 (Casino 2000 in Mondorf-les-Bains).
As the tour will be placed under the wings of charity, all benefits generated during the tour, car shows and other events in different countries or donations, will be sponsored for the benefit of Make-A-Wish® Luxembourg, thus enabling them to support any project aimed at granting the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions.