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A New Generation Mustang – 1981 Ford Mustang a Disappointment

1979 Ford Mustang a New Generation Mustang

Over time, the Ford Mustang has developed into quite a car. Ford has actively been competing against Chevrolet for years and between the years, 1979-1984 things were certainly no different. However, Ford has definitely held their own and if you take a look at the cars that were developed between 1979 and 1984, you will soon realize why.

The Start of the Third Generation Mustang

1979 marked the beginning of the third generation Mustang. It was the first ever Mustang to be built to the Fox specification. What was impressive about the Mustang in 79 is that it was 200 pounds lighter than the previous model and yet it was longer and taller too. The aim of the car was to create something that looked a little less traditional and it certainly did! In appearance, it looked more European and it was built with a 2.3L four-cylinder engine.

Good Sales do not Always Equal Good Performance

After the success of the 1979 Mustang, Ford stepped it up a little with the version in 1980. However, things did not go to plan and the performance of the car was quite poor. But, on the plus side, it did sell quite a lot of them and so profits wise the Mustang didn’t do too badly.

For many Mustang fans though it marks the beginning of the forgettable years. The decade many Mustang enthusiast would just assume forget and move on to the 90’s and greener pastures and better roads. The fact that the Mustang survived these years is though a testament to the American driving publics love affair with the Pony Car.

The 1981 Ford Mustang Just as Much Of a Disappointment as 1980

Taking a dip in popularity, the Mustang that was developed in 1981 was just as poor, if not more so than the 1980’s version. The engine choices were not very good and people just did not trust Ford anymore after the previous year’s engine problems. There was a change in 1981, however, as the Vehicle Identification Number was introduced.

1981 was a year that added insult to injury after the poor performing 1980 Mustang. Ford was starting to lose it’s hold on the American performance car market and would end up wishing it had listened to Stang fans a little closer. When VIN numbers turnout to be a big deal the car has to be somewhat forgettable to say the least. This would mark the end of the years Ford fans would want to forget and a somewhat brighter future was on the horizon.




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