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Chevrolet Camaro Wishes Rival Ford Mustang a Happy 50th Birthday

April 16, 2014

One would expect rivals to be at each others’ throats, but this is not always the case. It may be true for serious and bitter rivalries, but not for healthy ones. A classic example of a healthy rivalry is that between the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro. The two may have been fiercely competing against each other for decades, but this does not mean they cannot be friendly. In fact, the Camaro was friendly enough to greet its rival, which will celebrate its 50th birthday soon.

On April 17th, Ford will mark the golden year of its iconic pony car—the Mustang. Ahead of the Mustang’s birthday, the Camaro wished its rival a happy birthday and Chevrolet acknowledged the role the Mustang played in the improvement of its own muscle car.

“For five decades, the Camaro and the Mustang have been battling it out in every possible setting,” said Mark Reuss, Executive Vice President of Global Product Development at General Motors. “These two cars have been striving to beat each other on the track, on the drag strip and on the streets. That competition is a big part of why both cars are so amazing, and so popular, today.”

In 1966, Chevrolet created the Camaro to compete with the Mustang. Since then, the two American icons have been fighting it out, though the rivalry waned a bit in the 2000s. The battle now continues, and is expected to go on for a long time.

The Camaro’s gesture was a noble show of sportsmanship, though it is not exactly surprising. After all, Ford did something similar for GM a few years back.

In 2008, the Blue Oval wished its Detroit-based rival a happy 100th birthday in a rather unique way. Instead of sending a card or cake, Ford—which celebrated its 100th anniversary some years earlier—spelled out its greeting in lights on the south side of its world headquarters at Dearborn, Michigan. Ford sent a memo, instructing its employees not to change the position or direction of their blinds to make the illuminated greeting possible.

Indeed, it was a classy move, and one that inspired Chevrolet to do one of its own.

Ford will mark its pony car’s major milestone by offering the 50th Anniversary Edition 2015 Mustang, which will make its first public appearance at the New York International Auto Show this week. It is a limited edition ride—to honor the year the car was first produced, Ford will only be making 1,964 units of the special vehicle.

The Mustang 50 Year Limited Edition is based on the 2015 Mustang GT fastback and comes with a performance pack. It is powered by a 5.0-liter, naturally aspirated V8 engine which creates over 420-horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque. Customers can choose between manual or automatic transmission.

The car is only available in two unique colors: Kona Blue or Wimbledon White. The latter is the same color used in Mustang serial No. 0001 that Capt. Stanley Tucker purchased in April 1964. Both hues are exclusive to the limited edition Mustang.

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