By Dave Turner
All text and photographs by, and copyright of, the Author unless otherwise stated.
“Freedom To Soar” – Fifth Generation Mustang
Part Four 2010 to 2013
Halfway through the fifth series of Mustang and there were many very subtle changes during a bit of a re-skin. They are in the main hard to determine in the real car, so in miniature form it is almost impossible. For a start the front end got a wider grille – echoing that of the previous Shelby pattern with the amber lights now inboard of the outer headlights, except for the new Shelby where they are outboard of them as that grille is now wider. The previous quite flat hood has now a ‘Powerdome’ with a slightly raised central section. The lower body sides now have a very slight recess below the door handle line while the previously flat tail is now very gently angled at each side. The tail lights are now angled up along their lower edge with much larger vertical back up lights rather than the tiny rectangular pattern in the lower inner corners.
Engines continued more or less the same as before but for 2011 the V6 became a Duratec while the V8 became all aluminium and the car sported the “5.0” legend on the front fender. For 2012 a Boss 302 was added to the range reviving a 1967-70 name and featuring the 5.0 V8 with quad pipe exhaust plus side pipes and the option of the Trackey – for selecting specific ignition settings. A Leguna Seca Package added enough tune-up items to make the cars almost racetrack ready.
A new front facia arrived for 2013 with a larger grille and a black panel across the rear accommodating the tail lights. The rear licence plate was now accommodated in a wider recess that featured a black coloured ‘grille’ at each end. Despite the pending arrival of the sixth generation cars for 2015 quite a few changes came with the 2014 Mustangs. Some of them anticipated features on the next cars like certain things about the front panel.
Models of the second half of the fifth incarnation of Mustang include some superb 1:18 diecasts and a variety of 1:64 toys. Auto Art continued their interest in these cars and in 2012 offered a nice straightforward GT in 1:18 along with the more dramatic Shelby GT, both in Coupe form. Greenlight were actually in front of Auto Art, issuing their similar choice of subjects early in 2010. Features from Greenlight include scale hood hinges and a hood prop, a ‘Premium’ interior package, cloth seat belts and appropriate engine detail. A small illustration was included in MAR 241 (April 2010).
Mattel came along with their usual vast assortment of the subject in the Hot Wheels stable, some quite attractive and a realistic likeness to the real thing while others are at the other end of the spectrum. Subjects covered include GT, Shelby GT500 and Shelby Super Snake.
Shelby Collectibles offered 1:24 and 1:18 models of GT500s and Super Snakes at least one example was featured in MAR 244 (August 2010). Quite a variety of models came from Maisto – GT and Roush 427R Convertibles in 1:18 and a 1:41 GT Convertible aimed at the toy end of the market with opening doors and pull-back motor on the rear axle.
Revell represented the plastic kit department with 1:25 GT kits for both Coupe and Convertible as well as a bigger 1:12 Shelby GT 500 Coupe. The smallest 2010 recorded so far was the little GT Coupe from Tomy at 1:67 and they managed to incorporate opening doors.
|Auto Art||72911||GT Coupe||various colours||1:18||diecast|
|Auto Art||72913||Shelby GT 500||various colours||1:18||diecast|
|Greenlight||12870||GT Coupe||various colours||1:18||diecast|
|Greenlight||12824||Shelby GT 500 Coupe||various colours||1:18||diecast|
|Hot Wheels||9988||Malaysia||GT Coupe||various colours||74mm||1:65||diecast|
|Hot Wheels||CFH 35||Malaysia||Shelby GT500 Coupe||various colours||74mm||1:65||diecast|
|Hot Wheels||9673||Malaysia||Shelby GT500 Super Snake||74mm||1:65||diecast|
|Shelby Collectibles||09074||Shelby GT 500 Coupe||1:18||diecast|
|Shelby Collectibles||SC344||Shelby GT500 Super Snake||1:18||diecast|
|Shelby Collectibles||2035||Shelby GT 500 coupe||1:24||diecast|
|Maisto||31669||China||Roush 427R Convertible||1:18||diecast|
|Revell||85-1963||GT Convertible||1:25||plastic kit|
|Revell||85-4272||GT Coupe||1:25||plastic kit|
|Revell||85-2623||Shelby GT500 coupe||1:12||plastic kit|
Greenlight produced a plethora of small diecast 2011 Mustangs in a variety of different series but at least they offered a very nice Shelby GT500 in 1:18. This is immediately noticeably different to their 2010 version by having narrower stripes.
A name new to this column is Toy City, produced in China to 1:43 a 2012 Shelby GT 500 ticks all the boxes in a clinical kind of way, even the wheels depict the 19” painted forged aluminium of the real car to a reasonable degree.
Naturally the arrival of the re-incarnated Boss 302 for 2012 inspired more models. One model 302 came from Auto World in 1:64 who managed a neat opening hood with some engine detail included in the casting effectively highlighted by paint detail. This model also sported what was painted to represent the glass roof option.
The ever present Hot Wheels line included various 2012 Mustangs including a Laguna Seca version of the Boss 302.
Identifying some of these small Mustangs gets a trifle uncertain as some makers mix and match some of the real cars features. For example the real Boss 302 had its striping changed for 2013 to design in which the vertical stripe on the front fender continued over the hood as illustrated in MAR 274 (Oct 2013) in which the Schuco Pro R 1:43 resin Boss 302 is featured. For 2013 the rear licence plate had a black ‘grille’ at either end in a longer depression in the back panel and this is also featured on the little 1:62 Maisto. Majorette on the other hand produced at least seventeen versions of their 1:61 Boss but produced the striping in a mix of the 2012 and 2013 pattern.
|Greenlight||12825||Shelby GT500 Coupe||1:18||diecast|
|Greenlight||13100||Shelby GT500 Coupe||1:64||diecast|
|Toy City||00315 04333B||China||Shelby GT500 Coupe||111mm||1:43||diecast|
|Auto World||164-011||China||Boss 302||75mm||1:64||diecast|
|Hot Wheels||5570||Malaysia||Boss 302 Laguna Seca||75mm||1:64||diecast|
Illustrations Fifth Generation Mustang 2010-2013
Tomy 1:67 diecast from Vietnam: 60, 2010 GT Coupe.
Maisto 1:63 diecast from China: 2010 GT Coupe
Hot Wheels 1:65 diecast from Malaysia: 9988, 2010 GT Coupe.
Hot Wheels 1:65 diecast from Malaysia: CFH 35, 2010 Shelby GT500 Coupe.
Hot Wheels 1:65 diecast from Malaysia: 9673, 2010 Shelby GT500 Super Snake Coupe,
Auto World 1:64 diecast from China: 164-011, 2012 Boss 302.
Hot Wheels 1:64 diecast from Malaysia: 5570, 2012 Boss 302 Laguna Seca
Maisto 1:64 diecast from China: 11530, 2013 Boss 302.
Majorette 1:61 diecast from Thailand: 204A, 2013 Boss 302.
Toy City 1:43 diecast from China: 00315 04333B, 2012 Shelby GT 500
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