DVD review: Mustang – The First 50 Years


The First Generation Ford Mustang – From Sketch to Production

Not Rated, 150 minutes

Things are a bit slow for theatrical releases this week, so I thought I’d point you to something off the beaten path: “Mustang – The First 50 Years,” a look at the first half-century of the original pony car.

This documentary is a fun and informative look at the greatest American car ever made – and here I should probably point out that, as the proud driver of a 1969 fastback, I am hardly unbiased on this point.

The video was produced for Ford, so you’d expect a lot of glad-handing and back-patting. But this film bravely looks at the Mustang from every angle, from earliest conception to the latest redesign for 2015. There’s some hucksterism, but not much, and I was impressed how thorough “First 50 Years” was in exploring some of the dark days of the Mustang.

I enjoyed the fact that the doc mixes up historical information and interviews with old Ford engineers to talk with actual Mustang owners, who are only too happy to gab about their cars and what they’ve meant to them.

Whether you’re a Mustang fanatic (guilty) or just a lover of automotive history, this one revs high.

Movie: B+

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