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Next Ford Mustang Expected To Launch With Anniversary Edition

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author photo by Doug DeMuro August 2013
  • All-new Mustang likely to launch as 2014 1/2 model
  • Commemorative edition will be limited to 1,000 units
  • Few other details known about upcoming Mustang

The all-new Ford Mustang is expected to launch with a commemorative, anniversary edition. Several reports say Ford plans to roll out its latest Mustang for the "2014-and-a-half" model year, which recalls the original Mustang's debut as a 1964 1/2 model.

Production of 2014 1/2 models will be limited to just 1,000 units. That's because Ford plans to offer each 2014 1/2 model as a 50th Anniversary Edition, which will celebrate 50 years of the brand's iconic pony car.

While major details on the 50th Anniversary Edition haven't been released, a few items are likely. For instance, each car is expected to come with a special VIN and build number to show its unique status. And the 2014 1/2 Mustang will probably skip the base-level V6 for the model's 450-horsepower 5.0-liter V8 engine.

Aside from the expected 2014 1/2 model, few other details are known about the upcoming Mustang. Ford has said it plans to ditch the current model's "retro" styling in favor of a clean-sheet take on the famed sports car. That makes this Mustang especially important for Ford, since it may be hard to leave behind the safety of the well-known retro design.

Enthusiasts eager to learn more will likely find this year's auto show season to be especially exciting. Ford is expected to reveal the all-new Mustang this year ahead of a launch in 2014. Aside from the 2014 1/2 model, new Mustangs will likely carry a 2015 model-year designation.

The excitement surrounding the Mustang stems from the model's iconic success as a popular sports car over the last five decades. Initially on sale in late 1964, the Mustang has seen several major redesigns over the years. The last was in 2005, though Ford face-lifted the car for the 2010 model year.

What it means to you: If you're considering a new sports car, it may be wise to wait for the all-new Ford Mustang. But if you want an anniversary edition, get a deposit to your dealer now -- before the low-production model sells out.

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Next Ford Mustang Expected To Launch With Anniversary Edition - Autotrader