Fire and Ice: Top Posts on Mustang Forums in 2021

2020 Ford Mustang Bullitt

Well, 2021 wasn’t exactly great, but before the calendar flips, let’s take a look at the year’s most popular posts!

While it’s said to be an ancient Chinese curse, there’s little evidence to suggest that “may you live in interesting times” is all that old or even Chinese in origin. Anyway, what I’m getting at is that 2021 was interesting in the way that an alien invasion would be exciting or that drowning would quench your thirst. So not too many folks out there are going to shed a tear over this stretch on the calendar. Personally, I’ve reframed my perspective so the absence of terrible equals good.

But it wasn’t all bad for fans of the Blue Oval! While we did learn that next year’s Mustangs will be a little less powerful,  Shelby America released a gorgeous Super Snake Speedster, rumors about a V8-hybrid Mustang got folks talking about crazy performance gains, and the King of the Road is back for 2022. Also? Fans of the legendary Fox Body got proof than along with loads of clapped out models, lovely examples are still out there — even if they aren’t cheap.

So grab your popcorn as we take a look at most popular stories on Mustang Forums in 2021. However you choose to celebrate the holidays, everyone here wishes you and yours the very best!

Vanilla Ice 1990 Mustang 5.0 restored

Vanilla Ice Still Rollin’ in His 5.0

The 1990s are back in a big way. From the fashion to television and movie reboots, the decade gave us plenty of fodder. Riding this wave of nostalgia, Vanilla Ice recently made quite a splash at the Cars & Coffee Palm Beach by officially unveiling his fully restored 1990 Mustang 5.0. The Fox Body Mustang drop-top was synonymous with the rapper–appearing in his Ice Ice Baby, and Rollin’ in My 5.0 videos.

— By S.J. Bryan

2020 Shelby GT350 Heritage Edition Package

Class Action Over Shelby GT350s Moves Forward

Thanks to the flat plane crankshaft at the heart of its 5.2-liter Voodoo V8, the Shelby GT350 is one of the coolest Mustangs of all time. No Pony before or since has produced such a spine-tingling exhaust note, and as I’ve written here before, I’d love to build a project car around that mill. Unfortunately, the GT350 is currently getting some attention for all the wrong reasons, as a group of owners has filed a class action suit against Ford, and Federal Judge Federico A. Moreno is allowing it to proceed.

— By John Coyle

Ben Peterson with Classic Mustang

Doomed Mustangs Get Second Shot at Life

If you have ever shopped for a classic Ford Mustang, the odds are good that you have seen cars that were just too far gone to save. We are talking about cars that have practically melted into the ground, looking more like a pile of formed rust than an automobile, as these are the cars that most body shops don’t want to touch. However, for Peterson Restorations in Pennsylvania, almost no classic Mustang is too far gone to save.

— By Patrick Rall

Early Widebody Ford Mustang Mixes Classic and Modern Style

Ford Mustang Classic With Widebody Flares is Hot

It seems that wide body kits are all the rage these days. Box flares or bulges, rivets or filler: no matter what your taste is, there’s a kit out there to make the wide wonder of your dreams. But what happens when you want to mount some serious rubber and there’s no kit for your car? You make your own. YouTuber Vince Hernandez did just that and performed major surgery on his early 1966 Ford Mustang coupe.

— By Cameron Vanderhorst

2001 Ford Mustang Bullitt

Five Future Classic Mustangs Worth Buying Now

The collector car market for Mustangs is red hot, but you don’t have to play with the big boys to have fun. Today, we’re going to show you five limited-edition Mustangs that can be had for barely five figures. All five are part of the SN95 generation and its New Edge restyle, running from 1994 through 2004. They’re the last of the Fox platform Mustangs, and right now, they represent a great bargain. If you’re looking for fun on a budget, you simply can’t beat an SN95 or New Edge car.

— By Cameron Vanderhorst

Ford Mustang II King Cobra + Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 + Petersen

1978 Ford Mustang II King Cobra a Star (Lord) at New Petersen Exhibit

The Petersen Automotive Museum just opened their latest exhibit and it is a hit. Mustang Forums was there, checking out the incredible “Hollywood Dream Machines: Vehicles of Science Fiction and Fantasy.” The exhibit features vehicles on film with an emphasis on those that played a role in bringing futuristic, fantasy, sci-fi rides to life. So why are we featuring a 1978 Mustang?

— By S.J. Bryan 

2021 Ford Mustang

2021 Ford Mustang Colors Leaked to the Public

While we wait patiently for the S650, we can distract ourselves with news about the 2021 Mustang refresh. And now we can also visualize what color our ideal 2021 Mustang would be. The folks over at Mustang6G recently scored a list of the colors that Ford is planning on offering on the 2021 Mustang. Apparently the list of colors was sourced from Ford’s paint suppliers.

— By Zachary Mayne

2013 Mustang GT Gauge Swap

Upgrading from a Base to a Premium Gauge Cluster for $200

When Ford released the specs on the 2022 Mustang GT and Mach 1 back in October, careful observers noted something interesting. For the first time since the 1970s, the current model cars were less powerful than the outgoing models, due to the encroachment of emissions regulations. Fortunately, not enough ponies went missing to matter, and the GT500 model — and its fantastic crate motor —rolled into the new model year with its output levels unchanged.

By Cameron Aubernon

Shelby GT500 Buyer's Remorse

Ford Recalls 2020 Shelby GT350 & GT500 to Prevent Engine Damage

The latest-gen Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 is still a fairly new product, but it shares more than a few engine components with the recently discontinued Shelby GT350. (A car that’s suffered a few engine problems of its own.) And now some Shelby owners are beginning to receive notifications via their FordPass app that there is a recall for 2020 Shelby GT500 and Shelby GT350 models built at Ford’s Flat Rock Assembly Plant between December 2, 2019, and December 16, 2020.

— By Brett Foote

Building an 850+ HP S550 Mustang Is Easier Than You May Think

Building an 850+ HP S550 Mustang Is Easier Than You May Think

I’ve always been a big car person, but the Mustang holds a special place in my heart. You could probably trace that passion back to the day I was born and brought home from the hospital in a ’66 coupe. Or maybe even before that, when both of my parents worked at a Ford dealership. Regardless, I’ve owned quite a few cars and trucks over the years, but Mustangs have always been my favorite.

— By Brett Foote

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