Since its introduction in 1964, Mustangs have been the beating heart behind Ford’s all-encompassing lineup. While General Motors aims to take on the supercar segment with the Chevy Corvette, and FCA hits everyone hard with its Hellcats, Ford is taking the American muscle car global. Where it once stayed stateside to take on rivals like GTOs, Rebels, and Grand Nationals, it’s now preaching the gospel of affordable horsepower in places like China and Germany, and doing a damn good job at it too.
Simply put, Ford’s commitment to its ponycar has resulted in a modern day masterpiece. Available with cutting-edge powerplants like turbocharged inline-fours and flat plane crank V8s, a much overdue independent rear suspension, and more tech than ever before, the current Mustang could be the most important model since the original rolled off the line over 50 years ago.
In addition to the current car being the most advanced, nimble, and fastest base-model Mustang in history, Ford has also released some seriously powerful limited edition versions over the past few decades that cater directly to the speed freaks. This means that some seriously powerful Mustangs have been hitting the pavement lately — and that’s saying something since the “regular” GT has never exactly been a slouch.
With a half-century’s worth of attainable speed under its belt, we’ve taken a look back at Ford’s pride and joy to provide a short list of some of the fastest, street legal, factory Mustangs ever produced. To keep things simple, we’ve omitted race-tuned cars, third-party modified vehicles, and concepts. These 15 ‘Stangs are all stock, all vicious, and all legendary.