After the need for the Mustang II was over Ford went back to the drawing board to bring the Mustang back to it’s roots. It was time to move the Mustang out of the Seventies and head towards the next decade. No one at Ford could have predicted the chassis would last in production as long as it did. From Disco to Grunge, the Fox body Mustang saw it all.
Having recently acquired a Fox Body Mustang project car I thought it would nice to take a quick look at its heritage.
The gas crisis was over and the sports car of the days were appropriately anemic. What was Ford to do with the replacement for the reasonably successful Pinto based Mustang? Using the Fox chassis Ford planned to move the Mustang back closer to it’s musclecar roots. Offering more performance with a more modern design the new for 1979 Ford Mustang effectively pushed the into the performance car realm of it’s youth.
Once the third generation Mustangs were out the door Ford set about developing its replacement. Going off the perceived needs of the future they felt they could attempt to radically change the Mustang name by moving it over to an aerodynamic front-wheel-drive platform. When word got out that this was their plan the press and public let Ford know that this was not an acceptable option for the Mustang nameplate. Ford continued development of this vehicle and sold them alongside the Mustang as the Probe. The thought of this being the future of the Mustang would be the same as looking at the Fiero and changing it’s name to Firebird. It just wouldn’t work.
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