Can You Guess the Mustang Year from an Image?

By: Robin Tyler

Can You Guess the Mustang Year from an Image?
Image: WikiCommons via Alexandre Prévot

About This Quiz

The original 'Pony car,' the legendary Ford Mustang has been going strong for more than half a century. Can you guess the model year when you see one? Good luck!

Mustangs are considered by many to be the most iconic American cars around. That's not saying that Dodge, Pontiac, Chevrolet or Plymouth haven't produced some incredible cars in the category. It's just that when people say 'Pony car' (and sometimes even 'muscle car'), the first image that springs to mind is that of the 'Stang.

Today, the motoring (and the motorhead) public appears to love the Mustang just as much as when it was first introduced, with the 1965 model smashing sales figures well beyond Ford's wildest expectations. In fact, the demand was so high that Ford struggled to keep up.

Even though the Mustang started life on the front foot (or is that the front wheel?), it's not all been roses for the legendary car. The second generation was not as well liked as the first, simply as it was underpowered. Technically, this was not Ford's fault, the second generation just came along at the wrong time - the oil crisis in the Middle East was on in full swing. That means that gas-loving V8 monsters were put aside for more fuel-efficient models.

So now the question is, could you identify the year of a Mustang model by simply looking at an image of it?  Let's test your knowledge of a quintessential American muscle car!

1965 Ford Mustang Let's begin: This Pony car is from which year in Mustang history?
1965
Arguably the most iconic muscle car ever, the Mustang was first released in 1965. It proved to be one of the most popular debuts ever and within a year, 400,000 units had been sold, which quadrupled Ford’s sale estimates.
1953
1985
1975

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1968 Ford Mustang Challenger Special The Challenger Special Mustang was only released in Mississippi. What year was it first available?
1976
1968
The Mustang Challenger Special was only available to Ford dealers in Mississippi. It aimed to allow owners to get more power out of their 'Stangs for an affordable price.
1991
1989

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1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 This Mustang, commonly called the 'Boss 9' was released in what year?
1991
1962
1969
The Ford Mustang Boss 429 was a high-performance version of the vehicle, released in 1969 and built through 1970. It is commonly called the 'Boss 9.'
2002

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1970 Mustang Mach 1 This Ford Mustang Mach 1 was produced in which year...?
2000
1993
1970
Released in 1970, the Mach 1 was powered by a 5.7-liter V8 engine which produced just over 300 brake horsepower.
1965

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1982 Ford Mustang SSP A Ford Mustang police car, when did the SSP model first enter service?
2013
1982
Bee baaw! Bee Baaw! The Ford Mustang SSP was actually designed for use by police departments around the United States. It first entered service in 1982.
2005
1970

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1973 Ford Mustang This car was produced in the last year of the first generation of Mustangs. Do you know when that was?
1965
2000
1973
The 1973 was the last year Ford created their high luxury and power Mustangs. The oil crisis forced Ford to produce cars that were built for the current market.
1959

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1984 Ford Mustang SVO The SVO, a 3-door liftback Mustang model was released in what year?
2002
2017
1984
The Mustang SVO was produced between 1984 and 1986. This 3-door liftback was powered by a 2.4-liter turbocharged engine.
1971

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1966 Ford Mustang GT Fastback The first Mustang with fastback styling, the GT, was released in what year?
1966
A real beauty, this was one of the first Mustangs to include fastback styling.
1981
1990
1951

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1968 Ford Mustang GT California Special This Mustang was only marketed in California. Can you tell the model year?
2001
1997
1985
1968
A limited-edition Mustang, the GT California Special saw 4,118 units released and marketed in California only.

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2011 Ford Mustang RTR This sporty RTR Mustang came with many dealer extras. Do you know when it was made?
1983
1977
1992
2011
First marketed in 2011, the RTR Mustang is a special vehicle with a range of dealer added items, including tires, stickers, mats, shifter knob and many others.

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1967 Ford Mustang Shelby GT-500 Fastback The first Shelby Mustang, this GT-500, was released in....?
1993
1970
1980
1967
Powered by a 7.0-liter engine, the Ford Mustang Shelby GT-500 Fastback produced 355 brake horsepower along with 420 lb-ft of torque. Who wouldn't want one of these?

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1980 Ford Mustang McLaren M81 When was the super rare Mustang McLaren L81 first released?
2001
1980
Often called the rarest Mustang ever made, the McLaren M81 was the first car released under Ford's Special Vehicle Operations.
1965
2017

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1965 Ford Mustang Which year was this hardtop Mustang released?
1980
1976
1970
1965
A select few Mustangs from 1966 were released 6 months before Ford's usual release date, as part of a successful marketing scheme.

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1966 Ford Mustang Mach 1 concept This futuristic Mach 1 concept car is older than it seems. What year was it designed?
1966
Another Mustang experiment, many of these Mach I design concepts were used in the Mach models available to the public starting in the late '60s and early '70s, in addition to many other Mustang models for years to come.
1999
1975
2007

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2010 Mustang SR-71 A special edition Mustang, sold at auction for charity, do you know which year the SR-71 Mustang was released?
2010
This special edition Mustang, of which only one was built is based on a Mustang GT. It was modified and sold at auction to raise funds for the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh youth education program and was styled to look like an SR-71 Blackbird aircraft.
1966
1999
1980

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2004 Ford Mustang 40th Anniversary In what year was the Ford Mustang 40th Anniversary model released?
1972
2018
2004
Released in 2004 to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the first-ever Mustang model made available to the public, the 40th Anniversary edition had certain visual cues and parts setting it apart from other models.
1969

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1962 Ford Mustang 1 concept This is a tricky one: It was actually the first Mustang model to bear the name, but only one was ever made. Can you guess the year?
1955
1966
1968
1962
Looking nothing like the first-ever Mustang model, the Mustang 1 concept car was first devised in 1962.

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2015 Warrior Mustang This Mustang Warrior model is only for U.S. armed forces personnel. Which year did it start production?
2015
Tuned up by Roush, the Warrior Mustang is only for sale to U.S. Armed Forces personnel.
1969
1977
1984

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2005 Giugiaro Ford Mustang A Mustang with some Italian flair, this Giugiaro Ford Model is from what year?
1977
1999
1984
2005
A concept car designed by Fabrizio Giugiaro, this model is based on the fifth generation Mustang. It debuted at the 2005 LA Motor Show.

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2015 Ford Mustang This year saw the release of the sixth generation Ford Mustang. Can you guess when it was?
1987
1977
2015
In 2015, Ford released the sixth generation of the Mustang with a more modern look. And it sure is beautiful.
1991

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2018 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R Do you know the year that Ford released the Mustang Shelby GT350R?
2000
2018
Got $60,000 lying around? Then you can own a modern Shelby Mustang. This Mustang is powered by a 5.2-liter V8 Ford engine that propels it to 60mph in just 3.7 seconds.
1996
1981

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2012 Ford Mustang Boss 30 Any idea when the Mustang Boss 302 was released by Ford?
1981
1990
2000
2012
Only brought back for two modern models in 2012 and 2013, the Boss not only was straight in a fast line but could handle the corners as well, something for which muscle cars were not known.

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2000 Ford SVT Mustang Cobra A Mustang with a little more oomph. When was the Ford SVT Mustang Cobra first marketed?
1969
2000
The Mustang SVT Cobra, released in 2000, had a 4.6-liter V8 that produced 320 horsepower.
1977
1989

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1987 Ford Mustang This Mustang model, a refresh of the third generation, is from what year?
1965
1987
The Mustang received a style refresh in 1987 and retained both coupe and fastback versions.
1950
2000

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1999 Ford Mustang FR 500 concept This one's a little tricky: This concept Mustang was first seen in ______?
1982
2012
1988
1999
The Ford Mustang FR 500 concept was first released in 1999. With a top speed of 281 mph, it led to a full-blown racing model.

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1976 Ford Mustang II Cobra II The Mustang in this image was introduced in ______?
1988
1976
The Cobra II model of the second generation Mustang introduced a number of bigger engine options, so missing from that generation. These included V6s and V8s.
2001
1996

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1985 Ford Mustang Which year was this GT Ford hatchback released?
1965
1971
2011
1985
Some might wish that Ford had discontinued the Mustang instead of producing these decidedly chunky, '80s-looking models during the third generation. After one more year, Ford abandoned the quad headlights.

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1983 Ford Mustang What about the year on this one?
1990
1983
Were you paying attention to the clue about quad headlights in the last question? If so, congrats — you probably got this right!
1988
1975

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2011 Ford Mustang GT The V8 engine in the Mustang GT was phenomenal. When did Ford first market the model in the image?
2011
With a big 5.0-liter V8, 2011's GT produced 412 brake horsepower.
1997
1989
1977

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1995 Ford Mustang Which year was this fourth-generation Mustang released?
1995
The fourth-generation Mustangs had a major redesign. It was the first one in 15 years and introduced in 1994.
2015
1973
1981

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2008 Ford Mustang AV8R A once-off Mustang, the AV8R was sold at auction in ____, the same year it was produced.
2008
The AV8R, a special edition Mustang, of which only one was built is based on a 2009 Mustang GT. It was modified and sold at auction to raise funds for the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh youth education program.
1990
1975
1967

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1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302 The Mustang in this image was released in ____?
1988
1980
1969
A fresh, new style greeted Mustang lovers in 1969 with the release of the Mustang Boss 302.
2000

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2005 Ford Mustang Shelby GR-1 With power from a 6.4-liter V10 motor, when was this concept car, the Mustang Shelby GR-1, first shown by Ford?
2017
2005
This concept car was shown to the public at the North American International Auto Show in 2005. The Shelby GR-1 is powered by a 6.4-liter V10 motor.
1986
1979

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1965 Ford T-5 This rare Mustang was only available for servicemen in Germany and was called the T-5. In which year was it released?
2017
1965
This 1965 Mustang, the T-5, was produced in the United States and put on sale in Germany specifically for U.S. servicemen. The Mustang name could not be used as this already belonged to a truck model in the country.
1979
2000

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1997 Ford Mustang When was the third generation of the Mustang released?
1965
2007
1997
It didn't take long for Ford to release the third generation but this time, the car was smaller while staying with a coupe-based shape.
1999

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1965 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 Do you know what year this Mustang was first marketed?
1965
With Carroll Shelby on board, this Mustang model, the GT350, was released in 1965 and featured a number of performance mods and a tuned-up engine.
1976
1981
1991

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1962 Ford Mustang Avanti fastback concept We saved the best for last: Another concept Mustang that never quite came to fruition, this Ford Mustang Avanti fastback dates to _______?
1962
One of the concept designs used by Ford even before the original Mustang was released, the Avanti fell by the wayside.
1999
2000
1979

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2009 AV-X10 Dearborn Doll A one-off Mustang, the AV-X10 was sold at auction in ____.
1960
2009
This special edition Mustang, of which only one was built, is based on a Mustang GT. It was modified and sold at auction to raise funds for the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh youth education program. It is modeled on the North American P-51 Mustang, a fighter from World War II
1995
1979

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1974 Ford Mustang II Second generation Do you know when this second-generation Mustang was released?
1989
1994
1974
The first of the second generation of Mustangs, this vehicle came out in 1974.
2000

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2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt Can you tell us what year this Mustang is from?
2019
A 50th anniversary celebration of the film, "Bullitt," sees Ford release the 2019 Mustang Bullitt. It is powered by a 5.0-liter V8 engine that produces 480 brake horsepower and is available only in black or highland green (like the original car).
2000
1999
1979

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