The granddaddy of American pony cars, and the car from which the genre’s moniker was derived, Ford’s Mustang is the oldest and longest continually running nameplate in its class. Where Camaro and Challenger — today literally caricatures of themselves — have come and gone and come again over the years, the Mustang has galloped on like Hidalgo across the Arabian Desert. Overcoming unheard of adversities, like that four-legged equine legend, the 2011 Ford Mustang continually defies conventional wisdom to chalk up win after win after win.
Surviving the emasculating emissions regulations of the seventies, a potential loss of focus in the eighties (when Ford briefly flirted with making the front-wheel drive Ford Probe a Mustang) the car grew and thrived through the nineties, despite its reliance upon live rear axles when the rest of the world went to an independent rear suspension configuration. Today, the storied Ford is once again one of the most powerful performance cars on the road. To say the Mustang has endured much would be an extreme example of understatement.