The year 2009 was full of many memorable Mustang moments. From the launch of a redesigned Mustang, to the 45th Anniversary Celebration in April, this year had much to offer. Read along as we take a look back at the Ford Mustang in 2009.
In July of 2009 Ford announced that the Mustang, the company's iconic pony car that has raced for all 45 years of its existence, would compete in the NASCAR Nationwide Series beginning in July 2010, when a limited rollout of NASCAR’s new car begins at Daytona International Speedway. The car will be driven by driver Colin Braun.
On June 22, 2009 it was announced that a special 45th anniversary edition of the Ford Mustang would be dedicated to Mustang legend Lee Iacocca. With a starting price of $89,950, the 2009 Iacocca Silver 45th Anniversary Mustang will be limited to 45 units and will be sold exclusively through Galpin Ford in North Hills, Calif.
In December, Carroll Shelby announced he is changing the name of his company, Shelby Automobiles, back to Shelby American. Shelby said, "Enthusiasts have asked us many times to bring back the Shelby American name over the past several years. Though I'm proud of the cars that we built as Shelby Automobiles, we're fulfilling that wish for fans worldwide.”
In an effort to boost sales and complete with its competition, Ford announced it will produce a 2011 V6 Ford Mustang that can achieve 305 hp and 280 ft.-lb. of torque thanks to a 3.7-liter Duratec 24-valve engine. The car will also come equipped with a dual exhaust, a new six-speed transmission, Standard integrated spotter mirrors, MyKey programmable vehicle key, and Universal Garage Door Opener.
For many years there had been rumors of a new 5.0L Ford Mustang. Ford Motor Co. put those rumors to rest in 2009 when they revealed their engine lineup for the 2011 Mustang GT. The car, which was previously powered by a 4.6L V8 engine, will now come equipped with a 5.0L four-valve Twin Independent Variable Camshaft Timing (Ti-VCT) V8 engine nicknamed the “Coyote.”
On April 16th through April 19th, Mustang enthusiasts from across the world converged upon Barber Motorsports Park near Birmingham, Ala. to celebrate the 45th Anniversary of the Ford Mustang. It’s estimated the event, which was presented by the Mustang Club of America, attracted more than 38,000 spectators and more than 2,000 Mustang show cars spanning all five Mustang generations.