Ford Mustang Fans ‘Stampede’ in Detroit as Seventh-Gen Car Prepares for Launch

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ford mustangs at the stampede event in detroit

Matthew SkwarczekCar and Driver

As Ford Mustang fans and owners alike prepare for tonight’s reveal of the new seventh-generation car, Mustangs from the past and present have lined the streets around the Detroit auto show as part of Ford’s “Stampede” event. The large-scale public party started about a week ago, on September 6 in Tacoma, Washington. From there, owners and enthusiasts traveled together across the country, making 12 stops on the way to their final destination in Detroit, Michigan.

At the Detroit celebration, we sought out owners of all six Mustang generations and captured photos of their beloved ponies. Among the models we photographed are a replica ’67 Shelby GT350 with some real Shelby parts, an immaculate ’78 Mustang II King Cobra, and an ’07 GT with a sweet underhood paint job. Read on for details and photos.

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1967 Shelby GT350 Clone with Actual Shelby Parts

This 1967 Mustang Shelby GT350 is a clone and owned by Greg Csernai. It features a Boss 302 engine mated to a five-speed manual. Despite being a replica, it has some actual Shelby parts, such as a steering wheel, roll bar, rims, and brakes. “It’s great! My car’s the only ’67 or ’68 in the whole thing,” said Csernai.


1978 Mustang II King Cobra in Mint Condition

Unfortunately, we were unable to track down the owner of this immaculate 1978 Mustang II King Cobra. However, its build sheet was posted inside, and we caught a glimpse of some of its features. Along with a 302-cubic-inch V-8 and a four-speed manual, this second-gen car has T-tops, radials (size 195/70) with raised white lettering, and a digital clock! It was built at the Dearborn factory on May 5, 1978.


1989 Mustang GT That’s Mostly Original

This 1989 Mustang GT is owned by Alan Macdonald. The black Fox-body car is mostly original, apart from some new parts and an aftermarket center console that features cupholders and a USB port. Macdonald, who hails from Michigan’s Bloomfield Township, said he’s owned his ’89 GT for about five years and is saving up for an S550.


2002 Mustang GT Built for Drifting

This 2002 Mustang GT is owned by someone who goes by @bbdrifting on Instagram. As his name suggests and the photo shows, this fourth-gen car has been heavily modified for drifting. We’re told he bought the car when he was 16 years old, after saving since he was five, and that he has modded everything from the rear end to the engine. The latter is a 4.6-liter V-8 that’s been stroked to 5.0 liters and turbocharged. It’s said to make roughly 700 horsepower.


2007 Mustang GT with Custom Details

This 2007 Mustang GT is owned by Tony Gulley. Its decorative paint was airbrushed by hand under the hood as well as on the seats, dashboard, and door panels. Regarding the Stampede event, Gulley told us: “I think this is wonderful. I’m so glad Ford was able to do something special for the next generation.”


2015 Mustang GT Driven Daily and Drag-Raced

This 2015 Mustang GT is owned by Mike Magri. This sixth-generation Stang has been modified with a body kit, an aftermarket grille, and two rear spoilers. Its interior is customized too. Magri said he’s “having too much fun right now to think about picking up the new one.” This 2015 is his sixth Mustang, all of which he’s liked. Not only does Magri drive it daily, but he also says he’s driven it through five Michigan winters and takes it drag racing.

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