Can You Figure Out the Mustang Model Year from a Photo?


By: Robin Tyler

6 Min Quiz

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Is there a more iconic muscle car than the Ford Mustang? 

In our minds, even though Chevrolet, AMX, Dodge, Plymouth and many other automakers have released their own incredible models, the 'Pony' is often the first car that comes to mind when you think of America's more iconic muscle cars.

The motoring public loved it when it was first introduced and the 1965 model, the first, surpassed sales figures... and then some. Ford could almost not keep up with the demand. 

That said, no marque of this famous car has ever been a hit. In the 1970's, in particular, the second generation was underpowered. This wasn't technically Ford's fault as the oil crisis in the Middle East meant car designers were moving away from gas guzzling V8 monsters to more fuel-efficient engines. 

Thankfully, in the 2000's, the Mustang is right back where it belongs, with impressive looks, massive V8 engines, speed and acceleration... lots of it! And its traditional rivals, like the Challenger and the Corvette, have come out to play as well.

But back to the 'Stang. If we show you an image, do you think you could guess the model year of the vehicle? 

This is a tough one, good luck!

The first model to have the Mustang name associated with it, only one model of the Ford Mustang​ 1 concept was ever produced. What year was this?

Looking nothing like the first-ever Mustang model, the 1 concept car was first devised in 1962.


Another concept Mustang that never came to fruition, the Ford Mustang Allegro fastback concept dates to _______.

One of the concept designs used by Ford even before the original Mustang was released, the Avanti fastback coupe fell by the wayside.


It should be easy to guess the year on this vehicle, perhaps the most iconic Mustang of all time.

Arguably the most iconic muscle car ever, the Mustang was first released in 1964. It proved to be one of the most popular debuts ever and within a year, 400,000 units had been sold, quadrupling​ Ford’s sale estimates.


Can you guess the year of the Ford Mustang GT model, one of the first to include Fastback styling?

A real beauty, the GT was one of the first Mustangs to include fastback styling.


Called the GT350, this Carroll Shelby-influenced Mustang was released in what year?

With Carroll Shelby on board, this Mustang model, the GT350, was released in 1965 and featured a number of performance mods and a tuned-up engine.


In what year was the Mustang Boss 302 released?

A fresh, new style greeted Mustang lovers in 1969 with the release of the Mustang Boss 302.


In what year was the first second-generation​ Mustang released?

The first model of the second-generation of Mustangs, this vehicle came out in 1974.


Can you guess the year this generation two, performance-based​ Mustang, the Cobra II, was released?

The Ford Mustang Cobra II is one of the performance-based Mustangs from the 1970s.


Do you know which year the third generation of the Mustang was released?

It didn't take long for Ford to release the third generation but this time, the car was smaller while staying with a coupe-based shape.


Can you guess the year of this Mustang model (a style referesh for the third generation)?

The Mustang received a style refresh in 1987 and retained both coupe and fastback versions.


A one-off Mustang, the AV-X10 was sold at auction in ____.

This special edition Mustang, of which only one was built, is based on a Mustang GT. It was modified and sold at auction to raise funds for the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh youth education program. It is modeled on the North American P-51 Mustang, a fighter from World War II.


In what year was this fourth generation Ford Mustang GT Coupe released?

The fourth generation Mustang GT Coupe brought a more curvy design to the table. Certainly different from the angular bodies of earlier Mustangs.


A Mustang with a little oomph, when was the Ford SVT Mustang Cobra produced?

The Mustang SVT Cobra, released in 2000, had a 4.6-liter V8 that produced 320 horsepower.


The Ford Mustang GT with its retro styling was released in what year?

Back to a more retro look... that's what Ford introduced with the fifth generation Mustang GT in 2005.


With incredible peformance from its V8 engine, this Ford Mustang GT was released in what year?

With a big 5.0-liter V8, 2011's GT produced 412 brake horsepower.


The sixth generation of the Ford Mustang was released in this year. Can you guess it?

2015 saw Ford release the sixth generation of the Mustang with a more modern look. And it sure is beautiful.


Ford released the 302 Boss version of the Mustang in which year?

Only brought back for two modern models in 2012 and 2013, the Boss not only was straight in a fast line but could handle the corners as well, something for which muscle cars were not known.


In which year did Ford release the Mustang Mach 1?

Released in 1970, the Ford Mustang Mach 1 was powered by a 5.7-liter V8 engine which produced just over 300 brake horsepower.


Do you know the year that Ford released the Mustang Shelby GT350R?

Got $60,000 lying around? Then you can own a modern Shelby Mustang. This Mustang is powered by a 5.2-liter V8 Ford engine that propels this Mustang to 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds.


Carroll Shelby was on hand to help Ford with the Mustang GT-500 Fastback. In what year was the car released?

Powered by a 7.0-liter engine, the GT-500 Fastback produced 355 brake horsepower along with 420 lb-ft of torque. Who wouldn't want one of these?


A one-off Mustang, the SR-71 was sold at auction in ____.

This special edition Mustang, of which only one was built, is based on a Mustang GT. It was modified and sold at auction to raise funds for the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh youth education program and was styled to look like an​ SR-71 Blackbird aircraft.


Ford released the Mustang GT 390 in what year?

Remembered for the car chase scene in Bullitt, the Ford Mustang GT 390 became an instant classic.


The Ford Mustang GT California Special, sold only in the Golden State, saw the light of day in which year?

A limited edition Mustang, the GT California Special saw 4,118 units released and marketed only in California.


The Ford Mustang FR 500 concept racing car eventually led to a full-blown Mustang racer. In what year was the concept car released?

The Ford Mustang FR 500 concept was first released in 1999. With a top speed of 281 mph, it led to a full-blown racing model.


In what year did Ford release the Mustang SVO, a 3-door liftback model?

The Mustang SVO was produced between 1984 and 1986. This 3-door liftback was powered by a 2.4-liter turbocharged engine.


With power from a 6.4-liter V10 motor, when was this concept car, the Mustang Shelby GR-1, first shown by Ford?

This concept car was shown to the public at the North American International Auto Show in 2004. The Shelby GR-1 is powered by a 6.4-liter V10 motor.


A Ford Mustang police car, when did the SSP first enter service?

The Ford Mustang SSP was actually designed for use by police departments around the United States. It first entered service in 1982.


The Ford Mustang Boss 429, or 'Boss 9' to Mustang lovers, was released in what year?

The Ford Mustang Boss 429 was a high-performance version of the vehicle, released in 1969 and built through 1970. It is commonly called the 'Boss 9.'


The Mustang RTR, which featured many dealer-added extras, was released in which year?

First marketed in 2011, the RTR Mustang is a special vehicle with a range of dealer added items including tires, stickers, mats, shifter knob and many others.


A Mustang with some Italian flair, the Giugiaro Ford Mustang concept car was first shown in _____.

A concept car designed by Fabrizio Giugiaro, this model is based on the fifth generation Mustang. It debuted at the 2005 LA Motor Show.


The Roush Warrior Mustang is a special model and only reserved for current or ex-US Armed Forces members. Do you know in which year it was released​?

A Mustang tuned up by Roush, the Warrior Mustang is only for sale to US Armed Forces personnel.


The Ford T-5, a rare Mustang model put on sale in Germany specifically for U.S. servicemen was available in which year?

Essentially the 1965 Mustang as produced in the United States, the T-5 was put on sale in Germany specifically for U.S. servicemen. The Mustang name could not be used as this already belonged to a truck model in the country.


EcoBoost engines marked a very powerful return to 4 cylinder excellence in the Mustang. What year was the first EcoBoost Mustang?

The 2015 EcoBoost Mustang had 310 turbocharged horsepower and 320 lb-ft of torque. It easily outpaced years of base model V6 engines while boasting substantially less weight over the front wheels compared to the V8.


When was the Ford Mustang Cobra II model introduced?

The Cobra II model of the second generation Mustang introduced a number of bigger engine options missing from that generation. These included V6s and V8s.


A rare Mustang, when was the McLaren M81 released?

Often called the rarest Mustang ever made, the McLaren M81 was the first car released under Ford's Special Vehicle Operations.


Built to commemorate the Hollywood movie of the same name, the Mustang Bullit was released in ____?

Introduced by Ford to commemorate the classic Steve McQueen movie and the Mustang in it, the Bullit was released in 2008.


In what year was the Ford Mustang 40th Anniversay model released?

Released in 2004 to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the first-ever Mustang model made available to the public, the 40th Anniversary edition had certain visual cues and parts, setting it apart from other models.


A one-off Mustang, the AV8R was sold at auction in ____, the same year it was produced.

This special edition Mustang, of which only one was built, is based on a 2009 Mustang GT. It was modified and sold at auction to raise funds for the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh youth education program.


Another Mustang concept, this leaned toward the styling of '70s Mustangs. In what year was the Mach 1 concept released?

Another Mustang concept, much of the design concepts from the Mach 1 concept car were used in Mustang models from the early '70s.


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