The Ford Mustang definitely is having a great career in entertainment, with appearances in almost 3,000 feature films and TV shows. Boasting of a global fan following, the Mustang starred in James Bond’s “Goldfinger” and in Steve McQueen’s “Bullitt.” Now, the Mustang is making another appearance in the movie edition of “Need for Speed.”
Of course, it won’t be a surprise any more if the Mustang is given its own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. After all, the Mustang isn’t just popular with automotive enthusiasts but with other people as well. In fact, a crowd-sourcing database has been created on the Web that list the Mustang’s appearance. This database, called the MustangImdb.com, was created by huge fan Stefan Thorarensen, who is also founder and board member of The Icelandic Mustang Club.
Thorarensen noted that his interest in the Mustang started when he was 14 years, or in 1966, the year when his aunt purchased a Poppy Red 1965 Mustang Fastback. Since then, Thorarensen’s passion for the Mustang surged, and he even started collecting VHS tapes and DVDs of films and TV shows in which the pony car had appeared. Then in 2009, building on a list of 300 movie and TV show titles, he created the MustangImdb.com. Now, around 100 contributors have submitted their input, and MustangImdb.com has already documented nearly 3,000 titles in which the Mustang appeared on-screen.
This crowd-sourced Web project is one of the many indications of the power and appeal of Mustang. Its fan base has reached global status and has even reached far-flung countries like Iceland, Poland and New Zealand – where the Mustang has been never officially sold. In fact, the pony car has many fan clubs.
Just around eight months after the original Ford Mustang was unveiled at the 1964 New York World Fair, the pony car was thrown into the world of entertainment, with a Wimbledon White convertible version serving as the ride of a beautiful assassin pursuing James Bond in “Goldfinger.” Years later, the Mustang became Bond’s ride in another 007 film, “Diamonds are Forever.”
Four years since the Mustang was unveiled, it already became an iconic car. But its celebrity status reached new heights when it became the on-screen partner of Steve McQueen in the iconic movie “Bullitt,” in which it took part in what is considered as one of the, if not, the best car chase scenes ever. Around 44 years later, this iconic car chase scene was replicated in TV in the series finale of “Alcatraz.”
The Mustang also made another appearance in the 2000 remake of “Gone in Sixty Seconds,” where Nicolas Cage drove a silver-and-black 1967 Mustang called Eleanor. Eleanor was recently sold at auction for more than $1 million, and has even been replicated in form.
The year 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the Ford Mustang. Thus, it was only right that it should hit the silver screen once again, this time in the much-awaited movie adaptation of a widely popular driving video game from Electronic Arts – “Need for Speed.” In this new movie, a highly customized Mustang is the car of choice of the lead character played Aaron Paul (from “Breaking Bad”). Once again, the Ford Mustang shows that its iconic celebrity status hasn’t faded yet, even nearly 50 years since it made its first movie appearance.
Keith Koeppen, Ford marketing communications manager, remarked that the carmaker is thrilled to have Ford take an important role in a film adapted from one of the most popular video games. He noted that with the appearance of the Mustang in “Need for Speed,” the pony car has continued its hero car legacy.
The one-off Mustang – created in collaboration with designers at Ford – was developed and tuned to take part in the various stunts in “Need for Speed.” It was given a more aggressive look, thanks to custom bodywork implemented that includes wider fenders, lowered suspension and custom 22-inch wheels and tires. The one-off Mustang also feature new fog lamps, with high-tech LED halo lamps surrounding the air intakes. This one-off Mustang was provided with a hero engine from Ford Racing – a modified all-aluminum supercharged 5.8-liter V8 mill. It was also wrapped in custom paint job – a silver finish with by blue stripes that glow when illuminated in the dark.