Ford has pumped out a succession of low-volume, tricked-out Mustangs since redesigning the pony car for the 2005 model year. Ford execs say they have never had as many special-edition Mustangs in the stable as they do now.
Despite all those special-edition choices, Mustang fans are clamoring for more, Ford says.
"They want Mach 1, they want Boss," says Mustang chief designer Doug Gaffka.
So stay tuned: Ford vows not to disappoint. The company could announce another Mustang one-off any day now.
Customers now can choose from six retail special editions available now or in early 2008. The names get confusing, so here's a primer:
- Shelby GT500 coupe and convertible. Ford makes about 10,000 units of this performance monster annually.
- Shelby GT500 KR coupe. Final assembly of this "King of the Road" model will come out of Carroll Shelby's Las Vegas shop. About 1,000 are planned, starting in spring.
- Shelby GT coupe and convertible. This retail version of the Hertz Mustang rent-a-racer also is finished at Shelby's shop.
- Bullitt coupe. Sales start in January for this 40th-anniversary homage to the famous car chase from the Steve McQueen movie of the same name. Ford will sell 7,700 copies.
- GT California Special coupe and convertible. This is a special appearance package.
- Warriors in Pink coupe and convertible. A portion of the proceeds from this pink-striped Mustang goes to breast cancer research.