Ford invented the pony car class with the Mustang, and like today Good price or no dice GT proves it, the company still keeps the faith fully half a decade later. Let’s see how much someone should legitimately have to “pony” to take advantage of it.
A clean cabin and a legendary unstoppable diesel engine on yesterday’s cars Mercedes-Benz 220D 1973 weren’t enough for most of you to overlook the car’s obvious weaknesses. The $7,500 price tag didn’t help either, and the combination of condition and cost ended up netting the old Benz a decisive 71% no-dice loss.
Although not as fuel efficient as Wednesday’s 220D, the 2017 Ford Mustang GT we’re looking at today definitely has a lot more cum in the trunk. As an example of the difference between them, let’s compare how long it takes each to reach highway speeds. From a dead stop, the Mercedes will hit 62 miles per hour in a languid but reasonable 28 seconds. The Mustang, by comparison, will complete the same run in under five seconds. What would you do with all that extra time in your life?
It’s pretty remarkable to think about, but in the US market, the Mustang is the only car that Ford sells now. Even its namesake electric sibling, the Mach E is kind of a pseudo-crossover a kind of wagon.
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Ford introduced the Mustang in April 1964 and, although the model had its ups and downs over the following decades, it is a flagship car for the brand as well as an icon of the American road scene. Oh yeah, and sometimes the doofus spin them around when leaving the car. It’s kind of their thing too.
Making it all possible in this GT is a 435-hp Coyote DOHC V8 and a six-speed manual gearbox. That combo pushed this Triple Yellow coupe through its paces for a fairly nominal 42,000 miles or 8,400 miles per year.
According to the ad, the car comes with a clean title and is in what the seller says is “excellent” condition. Looking at the photos, the ‘Stang does not appear to have any body or paint issues and rolls on black painted factory alloy wheels.
It doesn’t appear to have the “Performance Pack” highlighted by the lack of a strut tower brace and six-piston Brembo brakes up front. The wheels and the rear spoiler indicate that it has the “Black Accent Package”. It also has what appears to be a spare cold air intake.
The interior is covered in fabric accompanied by patterned silver plastic trim on the dash and some shiny work scattered throughout for a bit of visual interest. Mustangs have always been 2+2s, and the backseat here is really for short jumps.
The seller says in the ad that he needs to sell the car “as soon as possible”. To this end, they have established a rather aggressive strategy $21,000 asking price, which is on the lower end of what Mustangs of that era are looking for these days. Keep in mind, though, that a new Mustang is hitting the market shortly and when that happens, the values of late-generation models like this usually drop.
With all that in mind, what’s your take on this GT and that $21,000 asking price? Does this sound like a deal to get one of the last cars Ford deems us worthy? Or is that too much for what is generally considered a Cars & Coffee sidewalk magnet?
Inland Empire, California, craigslistwhere to go here if the ad disappears.
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