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

By: Robin Tyler
Image: Youtube via Doug DeMuro

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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!

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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?

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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