The Mustang is the pride and joy of the American auto industry. Since wade through introduced in the mid-60s, the Mustang has become one of the most popular American vehicles in the world and is widely considered to be the main reason why the muscle car segment is popular worldwide to this day. Gearheads love the Mustang’s muscular design, rugged V8 engine, affordability, and longevity.
The Mustang has been in continuous production since 1965 and is now in its sixth generation. Over the years, Ford has made several rare special Mustang versions to mark special occasions, honor important people, provide performance and visual upgrades, or simply as a marketing strategy to keep gearheads interested in the nameplate. This article looks at the ten rarest Mustangs ever made.
10 Boss 302 Laguna Seca 2012 Edition – 1,500 Units
If you’re a muscle car fan, you know that the Mustang Boss 302 from the late ’60s is one of the most iconic classic muscle cars. In 2012, Ford decided to honor the classic Boss 302 with a special model of the same name. The 2012 Boss 302 uses the standard Mustang GT 5.0-liter V8, but has various upgrades to increase its output to 444 hp.
That same year, Ford introduced a further upgraded version of the Boss 302 known as the Boss 302 Laguna Seca edition. This version uses the same engine as the Boss 302 but has improvements such as Recaro sports seats, a revised suspension system, Torsen limited-slip rear differential, and a larger rear stabilizer.
9 1969 – 1970 Boss 429 Mustang – 1,359 Units
In the late ’60s, Dodge dominated the muscle car space with Hemi-powered muscle cars. Ford needed to find a way to make the Mustang competitive again, so Ford built the Mustang Boss 429 in 1969.
Ford wanted the Boss 429 to crush every muscle car in its path, so they outfitted it with the biggest engine at the time—a 7.0-liter big-block V8 that’s reported to produce 375 hp, but experts believe it could do a lot more. .
8 1964 Indy Pace Replica – 200 Units
When Ford introduced the Mustang in 1964, it was so successful that it was soon chosen to be the speed car for the Indy 500 that same year. The 1964 Indy Pace car was based on the 1964 Mustang and was painted Wimbledon white with Pace Car graphics.
Buyers have two engine options — a 260ci or 289ci small block V8. Ford made 200 Pace Car replicas and gave them to best-selling dealers.
7 Iacocca Mustang 45th Anniversary – 45 Units
If you are familiar with the history of the Mustang, you must have heard of the famous Lee Iacocca. Iacocca was heavily involved in the development of the Mustang and was one of the main reasons why the nameplate became so successful.
In 2009 Ford wanted to honor Lee Iacocca with a special edition model, so partnered with Galpin Ford to build it. Dubbed the Mustang Lee Iacocca edition, this Mustang has a special silver paint and an Iacocca badge. There are only 45 examples.
6 1990 Ford Mustang “Seven-Up” Edition – 30 Units
In the late 80’s, the Seven-Up bottling company decided to hold a contest with the NCAA, where basketball fans could try to shoot from half the court. If the fans succeed, they will win a custom 1990 Mustang 5.0 LX convertible.
Ford had just finished building 30 unique Mustangs when Seven-Up canceled the entire project. Instead of canceling the project, Ford is selling the convertible as a 25th anniversary edition. To this day, the cars are still referred to as the “Top Seven” Mustangs.
5 1964 World’s Fair Skyway Mustang – 12 Units
In 1964, the World’s Fair was held in New York City. Ford saw it as a great opportunity to market the new Mustang, so built 12 custom units to put on display at the event.
All 12 World’s Fair Skyway Mustangs are convertibles and are track-mounted to take attendees through the Magic Skyway at Ford shows. After the event, the Mustangs were shipped to regional dealers and sold to 12 lucky buyers.
4 Ford Mustang McLaren M81 – 10 Units
The words “Ford” and “McLaren” rarely appear in the same sentence, let alone in a model name. One could easily think that the McLaren M81 Mustang was a made-up car, but this is real.
The forgotten McLaren M81 Mustang is Ford’s attempt to redeem itself after a terrible Fox-body generation, and the American company convinced McLaren to help. The M81 is equipped with a 275-hp engine, body kit, Recaro seats, Koni suspension and upgraded brakes.
3 1965 Shelby Mustang GT350 R – 34 Units
Nearly a year after the Mustang’s debut, Carroll Shelby and his team got their hands on one and started tuning it. Shelby’s goal was to turn the Mustang into one of today’s fastest race cars, and after a lot of work, the GT350R was born.
Shelby worked its magic on the car, increasing its output from 325 hp to 360 hp. Although homologation rules require at least 100 road-legal GT350Rs, Shelby only makes 34 units.
2 1967 Ford Shelby GT500 Super Snake – 1 Unit
Goodyear likes to test its best tires on some of the most powerful cars before selling them to the public to ensure they are ready for real-world situations. That was the case in 1967, but instead of testing its tires on random vehicles, Goodyear asked the famous Carroll Shelby to build a car for them. That’s how the 1967 Shelby GT500 Super Snake was born.
The Super Snake is equipped with a race-inspired V8 engine that produces 520 hp, delivering outstanding performance. Shelby originally planned to produce a limited version of the GT500 Super Snake, but that was too expensive.
1 1968 Mustang Shelby EXP500 “Green Hornet” – 1 Unit
The Shelby EXP500 “Green Hornet” is almost like a mythical creature, as there is only one at the moment. The EXP500 was developed as a high-performance version of the 1968 Mustang coupe and features various visual and performance enhancements.
The EXP500 received a new dark metallic green paint job, Thunderbird taillights, and Marchal fog lamps mounted on the grille. It was equipped with a 428ci Cobra Jet engine, independent rear suspension and Conelec electronic fuel injection.