There is something intoxicating about the roar of the engine after you turn the key to fire up your new (or classic) Ford Mustang. The Mustang is and has almost always been one of the most highly coveted cars of its class. Named for the P-51 Mustang WWII fighter plane, this archetypal vehicle has always done its best to live up to its jet-powered namesake.
Mustangs are a favorite for sports car fans and common drivers alike and are one of only 10 models that have had more than 50 years of solid production. That’s right: Since its debut in 1964/65, there has been a new Mustang model every single year, and it’s still going strong into the 2016 production year.
The first run of this car model was completely bought out before the 1965 production year even started! The Ford Mustang single-handedly created the ‘pony car’ class of cars and shaped the automobile industry as we see it today.
This model was the pioneer of many performance aspects that we may take for granted today. Some engineers even considered adding a type of independent rear suspension for the Mustang when the car first premiered. For reference, that particular type of suspension didn’t become common until the introduction of the MacPherson Strut in the late 1970s!
In light of the release of the new 2016 Mustang that has car enthusiasts chomping at the bit for a test drive, we’ve collected a list of the 10 sexiest Mustangs of all time, including a couple of named beauties that you may recognize from your favorite movies.
10. The 80s-90s Coupe
The Mustang Coupe that was popular from 1979 to 1993 or so is still one of the most easily recognized models Mustang ever produced. Coming equipped with either an economical 4-cylinder or a less-economical but much more fun 5.0L 8-cylinder engine, the Fox-platform coupes were a delightful mash-up of form and functionality.
The only drawback to these almost perfect specimens was the same problem all 4-seater coupes run into: having to lean the front seat forward to access the back seats. Other than that, it was an amazing piece of engineering that may have been a little bit ahead of its time and the perfect way to launch this list of sexy Mustangs.
9. The 1965 Ford Mustang
The ‘65 Mustang model is the car that launched the brand and still holds a special place in the hearts of most Mustang enthusiasts. This is the car that allowed Ford to introduce the Mustang’s unique styling to the world, with a much longer front end and smaller truck that was unique to the model at the time. Some of the earlier models also traded trunk space for a more spacious interior, which made it great for driving but not so good for hauling the groceries home.
The boxy lines and sharp edges of the ‘65 may not line up with today’s sexy car standards, but to look at one of these cars is to look at the birth of a legend and that alone has earned it a place on this list.
8. Mustang Mach 1
Sitting behind the wheel of a classic Mach 1 is every Mustang lover’s dream. The Mach 1 was introduced as one of seven performance packages Ford dreamed up to try and increase Mustang sales to younger drivers, and it worked — at least for most of them. The Mach 1 was one of the most popular packages. It even drove Ford’s GT title out of production for more than a decade!
The Mach 1 came equipped with Ford’s signature 5.8L 8-cylinder engine and a variety of suspension and transmission packages that were customizable to the needs of the driver. The only thing the Mach 1 didn’t have going for it is you couldn’t get it with a convertible top!
The Mach 1 was also featured in the 1971 James Bond film Diamonds are Forever, making it the perfect collector’s piece for Bond fans or Mustang enthusiasts alike!
7. The Shelby GT350
You simply cannot have a list of sexy Mustangs without mentioning the Shelby GT350 at least once. The lines of this short-lived model paved the way for many of Ford’s sleek-lined models that are popular today.
When the Mach 1 outsold the other Mustang performance packages to such a massive degree, Ford had to adjust their business model. The Shelby GT350, formerly called the Cobra, was one of those adjusted models.
This sharp-lined beauty still captured the hearts of car lovers across the globe in spite of its single-year production. Though produced around the same time, the GT 350’s front grill was much narrower than its Mach 1 counterpart, giving it a very fast and aggressive look.
They never made a 1970 production line of the GT350, so if you have a 1970 model, then in reality what you have is a 1969 model that was re-VIN’d with a new production year code.
6. Drifting-Customized Models
Drifting is usually something that’s associated with small, two-door Japanese cars, but this high-speed, action-packed style of racing is not just limited to international cars, and that’s why the number 6 entry in our list is a drift-customized Mustang.
The Mustang’s sleek lines and superior aerodynamics make it ideal for high-speed racing (which we will discuss in more detail in just a moment), but by adding a custom suspension system and drifting tires, you can take those fantastic benefits and use them to your advantage.
There is something really satisfying about seeing a Mustang effortlessly tearing around those tight curves and leaving all those little Japanese cars in the dust.
5. Any Racing Mustang Model
Racing is, quite simply, in the Mustang’s blood. The prototype Mustang model, when tested against contemporary Formula 1 race cars in 1961, was able to nearly match the race car’s lap times without any aftermarket modifications or boosts.
To put it quite simply, Mustangs came out of the gate winning races, and that doesn’t look like it’s going to stop any time soon. Even as recently as 2012, Jack Roush won the opening race of the 50th Anniversary Rolex 24 in a Mustang Boss 302R.
It’s too hard to pick just one racing shot because there have been so many fantastic models and modifications over the years, so we are just going to leave it as “Any Racing Mustang.” If you’ve got a favorite, feel free to share it with us in the comments below!
Eleanor is the name of a custom 1967 Mustang Fastback driven by Nicolas Cage’s character in the 2000 remake of the 1974 car thriller Gone in 60 Seconds. This beauty of a car deserves a mention on a list of sexy Mustangs.
The filmmakers actually used 11 identically modified Mustangs for the movie shoot and even ended up auctioning one of them off once the movie was over. The “beauty” car seen in close-ups went for $1 million!
While it’s not the classic 1971 Mustang Sportsroof that was used in the original movie, the new version of Eleanor is definitely one sexy Mustang.
3. 2015 Mustang Convertible
Now that we’ve paid proper homage to those Mustangs that came before, it’s time to get into today’s sexy cars. You can’t have a list of sexy Mustangs without at least one mention of the new 2015 convertible. This amazing machine takes the sleek and sexy lines of the Mustang and turns them into a road-controlling beast of a car.
It may be a beast, but that doesn’t mean you’re getting a rough ride out of this delightful piece of engineering. In addition to the new safety and comfort features, there are a fantastic number of aftermarket options available to make your ride even better.
2. 2005 Mustang
The ’05 Mustang, whether you prefer a convertible or a hardtop, is one of the best models of all time. It easily combines the sleek lines that are popular with newer Mustang models and an unassuming road presence.
You’d never look at a ’05 next to you in traffic and think, “Hey, I bet that car could beat me in a race.” You just look over, think, “Nice car,” and then sit there with your jaw on the floor when it tears out of the gate faster than you can blink.
Even stock ’05 models could manage 0-60 in 6.8 seconds, with the number decreasing dramatically for the GT and Cobra models.
The live action reboot of the decades-old Transformers franchise saw a distinct change in some of our favorite characters. Autobot Bumblebee, for example, was originally a Volkswagen Beetle, and the movie reworked him as a Chevy Camaro. Barricade, one of the original members of the Decepticon Race-Track Patrol team, was changed from a Formula 1 Racing car to a fully equipped Mustang Saleen police car!
You can’t go wrong with a Mustang that’s more than meets the eye. Unfortunately, there’s no way to get your hands on this one, since the one used in the movie was auctioned off in 2009 after the first Transformers movie wrapped, but it’s nice to dream, right?
So what did you think of our list of sexy Mustangs? Do you agree, or did we miss a model? If we left out your favorite model, or you think someone else deserves this number one spot, let us know in the comments!