Thursday, February 15, 2007

Ford Mustang: More than just a car

The Ford Mustang is not just a car, it is an American institution, an icon and a continuous trend setter. My friend Sarah had a Ford Mustang in college which was the obvious car of choice for all of us when we went out together. While the people in the back seat don't have much leg room, the Mustang was never really built for passengers. It was solely for the driver and the emphasis on the engine, driver's seat, console and handling was always there. On graduating from college, Sarah's parent's gifted her her choice of car, just as long it was American made, and once again Sarah selected a Ford Mustang. This time it was a convertible in black, which was really incredibly fun to drive. Our time in Kansas City was pretty much defined by that car; with everything else related to it, road trips in it, cruising the country club area in downtown Kansas City and trips back to college for football games and alumni functions in Manhattan, KS.

There is something special about Mustangs, not just in the engine and physical car, but almost something spiritual that attracts fanatics and enthusiasts to the car. I was really amazed at the time people spend in adding gadgets and gizmos to jazz up the car, take a look at what all is available to add to a 2000 Mustang for example. The variety of products seems to be getting longer and more elaborate over the years. The graphics and bumper inserts especially have been getting more and more innovative. The Ford Mustang is probably one of the most loved cars in the US, with fans and car owners ranging from the 1960s to the present. While the shape of the car has changed a lot over time, its iconic tail lights are one feature that remains constant.

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