Davis, like many others, doesn’t dig the name, and offered a rather sensible alternative: “I would prefer if they had been called the Galax-E as opposed to the Mach-E because the Galaxie was a big sedan back in the States in the day, and that’s probably more along the line.” However, the newest owner of the day has a different take: “I think it moves away from the Mustang history, but if Ford is going to go electric, then it’s naive to not try and piggyback on it. If it gets more people into this sort of scene, then who’s it hurting?”
Will the EV be a classic like its forebears? Likely not but it’s a good signpost to what’s coming in the future. Though Morgan likes the idea of a ‘leccy Mustang of his own creation: “I did have the alternative idea of potentially getting a second classic. As long as the body was fine, I think you could just put an electric motor in. Why not? You can’t drive a fifty-year-old 4.7 V8 with the way prices are today, they just don’t really work. Mine gets me 120 miles from half a tank, which at £1.70 a liter becomes an expensive hobby.”
What strikes you is how different each of the classics on display are. Different lights, sizes, dials… you name it. There’s likely a ‘Stang to suit everyone, if they want and can afford one, that is. The last point is key – prices are rising across the board for cars like this.
With various bits of legislation changing, Davis doesn’t think the government cares all that much for classic car owners: “Politicians need to understand that, by and large, it’s a hobby and it generates a lot of money for the taxpayer, and it has to be accommodated. If you collect stamps, that’s fine, nobody cares about you. If you drive a big engined muscle car, people seem to think you’re a pariah.” Mann doesn’t necessarily think the Government is out for his beloved classic, but new fuel rules mean it’s gotten more expensive to run: “You have to have super unleaded, because with the new fuel regulations where they put a lot of ethanol in E10 [fuel], It damages the rubber and plastic components that are in the carburetor and fuel pump and things. So you have to stick to E5, which is only available in super unleaded.”
We’re a couple of years off the Mustang’s 60th birthday, and hopefully there’ll be a slightly larger party for it in the UK. We may not be quite as Mustang savvy as our American cousins, but the fans here are just as mad for them. As Davis puts it, the current community are merely custodians for the next lot, who’ll hopefully be celebrating America’s most famous muscle car for years to come.
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