2004 Mustang Honors 40 Years of High Performance
By: Brad Nevin | Ford Communications Network
The Ford 40th Anniversary Mustang is pictured here with the car's namesake, a WWII vintage P51 Mustang fighter plane owned by Jack Roush. For more information on the 2004 40th Anniversary Mustang, visit fordvehicles.com.
DEARBORN, June 30, 2004 -- The all-new 2005 Mustang arrives this fall and promises to take the automotive world by storm. Be warned: You may have to stand in line to buy a new Mustang, so bring some snacks.
But until the day the new Mustang arrives, time is running out to buy the 40th Anniversary 2004 Mustang that pays tribute to four decades of unbridled Mustang performance and enthusiasm.
To commemorate this special year, every 2004 Mustang has 40th Anniversary badges on the front fenders, and Ford has introduced two special-edition Mustangs: the limited-edition 40th Anniversary Package and the return of the Mach 1 performance model.
The 40th Anniversary Package offers performance-oriented exterior and interior upgrades to V-6 and GT models. Exterior enhancements include Arizona Beige Metallic performance stripes on the hood, lower rocker panels and decklid complemented by upgraded wheels (16-inch for the V-6 and 17-inch Bullitt wheels for the GT) with a special Arizona Beige Metallic accent.
2004 Ford Mustang Mach 1
The 40th Anniversary models are available in an exclusive Crimson Red exterior, as well as Black and Oxford White, with body-colored, fold-in side mirrors and a Medium Parchment interior. The cars offer as standard the interior upgrade package that includes a four-way head restraint, painted center console surround and shifter bezel in metallic gray, along with brushed aluminum door lock knobs, shift boot trim ring and pedals. The special interior also includes unique floor mats with an embroidered 40th Anniversary logo and a matching badge on the center console. Convertible models offer an upgraded Medium Parchment soft retractable top that’s more durable and sound resistant.
The Mach 1 performance model has a 305 horsepower, 4.6-liter 32-valve DOHC V-8 engine mated to a five-speed manual transmission. The Mach 1 is visually set apart with a functional “shaker” hood scoop and unique 17-inch wheels. It also has a full-size spare, “comfort weave” leather seats, a MACH 460 sound system with satellite radio capability and a six-disc changer, rolled-tip dual exhaust and unique suspension tuning with lowered ride height.
Mustang V-6 buyers are not excluded from the festivities. Buy a V-6 and you can also get the Pony Appearance Package that includes special 16-inch polished wheels, unique rear fascia with black MUSTANG letters, GT hood, and leather-wrapped steering wheel (available with Deluxe and Premium models). The V-6 engine is a 3.8-liter OHV V-6, producing 193 horsepower and 225 foot-pounds of torque. It features split-port induction, which helps optimize fuel economy, along with enhanced-flow cylinder heads and anti-friction piston coatings.
Mustang GT models have a 4.6-liter SOHC V-8 that produces 260 horsepower at 5,250 rpm and 302 foot-pounds of torque at 4,000 rpm. The engine features large valves, equal-length intake manifold runners and cams with high lift and long duration to maximize engine air intake for increased horsepower.
The Ford 40th Anniversary Mustangs (right and left) are photographed with a vintage 1965 Mustang and a WWII vintage P51 Mustang fighter plane.
To accommodate one of life's great pleasures, driving on two-lane mountain roads, the 2004 Mustang uses a modified MacPherson strut front suspension to allow each wheel to react to road imperfections independently, while its weight balance of 57 percent front/43 percent rear contributes to agility. A four-bar link rear suspension and power rack-and-pinion steering are standard on all Mustang models. A traction-lock rear axle, standard on the GT, transfers driving force to the rear wheel with the best traction for improved performance on slippery or uneven surfaces, or under strong acceleration.
With its low profile, long hood and short rear deck, the original 1964 Mustang is still considered one of the greatest automotive success stories of all time, accounting for more than 8 million sales since introduction. Today, Mustang’s heritage in performance and design translates into unmatched owner loyalty and sales results.
For 2004, Ford has fanned the flames of enthusiasm. It's more than we could have hoped for until the all-new 2005 Mustang arrives in Ford dealers this fall.
It's safe to say that Mustang fans everywhere are thinking a heart-felt, collective: "We can hardly wait."