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Top 10 Mustang Moments of 2012

A Year in Review

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In 2012, speculation regarding the Ford Mustang’s future continued as enthusiasts around the world questioned what the new and improved 2015 Ford Mustang will look like, what will be beneath its hood, and what new features it will offer. No doubt, excitement for the yet to be revealed 2015 Mustang was the big topic of conversation.

Meanwhile, Ford Mustang saw sales increases over the previous year, the coveted “Green Hornet” Prototype Mustang was scheduled to be auctioned off, and the folks at Shelby revealed a new wide-body 1000+ horsepower Ford Mustang. Of course, the biggest moment of 2012 was the passing of automotive legend Carroll Shelby at the age of 89.

10. Shelby Reveals Most Powerful GT500 Super Snake Package Ever

2013 Shelby GT500 Super Snake post-title package
Photo Courtesy of Shelby American
In September, the folks at Shelby American released details regarding their 2013 Shelby GT500 Super Snake post-title package. As with the 2013 Shelby GT500 Mustang, the package is the most powerful in the company's 50 year history. In addition, the company, for the first time ever, will offer an optional rear-only or front and rear wide-body package, similar to the one we saw on the Shelby Tribute Vehicle that was revealed in Monterey this summer.

9. Green Hornet Prototype Mustang to be Auctioned

“The Green Hornet” Mustang
Photo Courtesy of Bob Ulrich/Modern Tire Dealer
On September 5, 2012, Barrett-Jackson announced that the newly-restored legendary Shelby Prototype, dubbed “The Green Hornet,” (VIN 8F01S104288) will cross the auction block as part of its Salon Collection at the annual Scottsdale Auction, scheduled to take place January 13-20, 2013 in Scottsdale, Arizona.

8. Ford Mustang Sales See Improvement

2013 Ford Mustang
Photo Courtesy of Ford Motor Company
Ford Mustang sales were on the rise in 2012. At the end of November, Ford has sold 77,458 Mustangs for the year. Last year at that time, the company had sold 65,381. That's a year-over-year increase in total sales of 18.5 percent.

7. "High Gear" Mustang Selected as First-Ever SEMA Mustang Build Powered By Women

"High Gear" Mustang Selected as First-Ever SEMA Mustang Build Powered By Women
Photo Courtesy of Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company and the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) teamed up to build a custom Ford Mustang under the direction of the SEMA Businesswomen’s Network (SBN). The 2013 Ford Mustang GT, which was customized entirely by SBN members, was featured on several popular auto enthusiast websites in May and June.

6. Alcatraz Television Series Features Classic 1968 GT390 Ford Mustang

1968 GT390 Ford Mustang
Photo Courtesy of Ford Motor Company
In 2012, the short lived Fox television series, "Alcatraz", featured the main character of the show, Detective Rebecca Madsen, driving a sharp looking 1968 GT390 through the streets of San Francisco in search of bad guys. Sound familiar? It should. The inclusion of this classic Mustang was an intentional tribute to the classic film “Bullitt”. A chase scene, featured on the show, was a modern-day reenactment of the famous Steve McQueen “Bullitt” Chase scene, which will forever have a special place in movie history.

5. Mustang Club of America Announces 50th Anniversary Plans

Mustang Club of America Announces 50th Anniversary Plans
Photo © Jonathan P. Lamas
The Mustang Club of American announced it will host two events to coincide with the 50th Anniversary of the Ford Mustang. The events will take place at both Charlotte Motor Speedway or Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The club's official 50th anniversary events take place April 17-20, 2014. A road trip, leading to both events, will feature various activities along the way. News of the “two location” approach resulted in cancellation of the widely popular Mustangs Across America Event.

4. Shelby 1000 Mustang Revealed

Shelby 1000 Mustang
Photo Courtesy of Shelby American
Shelby American spent much of 2012 celebrating its 50th Anniversary. The company celebrated the launch of their latest muscle Mustang named the Shelby 1000. The car, which debuted at the New York International Auto Show on April 5th, boasts a 5.4L V8 engine capable of producing a jaw-dropping 1,100+ horsepower.

3. Steve Saleen Reclaims Saleen Brand

Steve Saleen
Photo Courtesy of Saleen Inc.
In April, Steve Saleen, original founder of Saleen, announced he would take over operations at Saleen, the company he created. In addition, he revealed he will once again oversee production of new Saleen Mustangs.

2. Shelby American Offers 50th Anniversary Edition Mustangs

Shelby American Offers 50th Anniversary Edition Mustangs
Photo Courtsey of Shelby American
In January, the folks at Shelby American revealed three new special-edition 50th Anniversary Shelby Mustangs at the Detroit Auto Show. The cars, a GT500 Super Snake, GT350, and GTS, were available in limited quantities of 100 each as a post-title package, each paying homage to Shelby American’s 50th Anniversary.

1. Carroll Shelby Passes Away

Carroll Shelby
Photo © Jonathan P. Lamas
Automotive legend Carroll Shelby passed away at Baylor hospital in Dallas, Texas on May 10, 2012 at the age of 89. The cause of his death was not disclosed. Shelby American, enthusiasts, and automotive alike journalists, all celebrated his life in various ways after his passing.
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