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 Post subject: Why not six gens?
PostPosted: Mon Dec 24, 2012 1:20 pm 

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I see so many Mustang sites listing five generations (like this one), with the first generation going from 1964 1/2 to 1973. I disagree and think the first generation went to 1970 (Falcon platform), the second gen is 1971 to 1973 (intermediate Torino/Fairlane platform). The mustang was built on a completely different platform 1971-1973, which is the fundamental difference in all the gens. Just one of my pet peeves. Am I wrong?

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 Post subject: Re: Why not six gens?
PostPosted: Tue Dec 25, 2012 11:04 am 
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GottaStang2 wrote:
I see so many Mustang sites listing five generations (like this one), with the first generation going from 1964 1/2 to 1973. I disagree and think the first generation went to 1970 (Falcon platform), the second gen is 1971 to 1973 (intermediate Torino/Fairlane platform). The mustang was built on a completely different platform 1971-1973, which is the fundamental difference in all the gens. Just one of my pet peeves. Am I wrong?

I agree

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 Post subject: Re: Why not six gens?
PostPosted: Tue Dec 25, 2012 1:44 pm 
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GottaStang2 wrote:
I see so many Mustang sites listing five generations (like this one), with the first generation going from 1964 1/2 to 1973. I disagree and think the first generation went to 1970 (Falcon platform), the second gen is 1971 to 1973 (intermediate Torino/Fairlane platform). The mustang was built on a completely different platform 1971-1973, which is the fundamental difference in all the gens. Just one of my pet peeves. Am I wrong?


Technically you are correct as the Mustang should be categorized by it's frame nomenclature. It would be more accurate to do so because each frame change brought along a new distinctive body style. Maybe one day the Mustang world will correct this breakdown of the various generations.

In some cases, especially at car shows where it is too confusing to list all of the classes, they just lump all Mustangs into one or two or paossibly three categories. It's hardly fair or honest to be comparing a 1965 Mustang with a 1985 Mustang or a 2012 Mustang as each represents a different time period in the life of this near 50 year old model.

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