Mustang Gallops Back Into Production

Matthew Guy
by Matthew Guy

Customers who had thrown down money to reserve a new Ford Mustang have been playing a waiting game in recent months, with the Blue Oval pushing production back in April and again earlier this month. Now, according to several reservation holders with accounts on the fan forum, production is ramping up and should be underway by at least the end of July.

This is no small development since the Mustang is big news for the brand headed into the 2024 model year. With a raft of changes, not to mention the introduction of a sure-to-be-collectible Dark Horse trim, getting the rollout right is critical. After all, Dearborn has already flubbed the launch of other hot new models such as the Bronco and cannot afford the same thing to happen with its new Mustang. Here’s hoping the Ranger launch goes well.

Supply chain woes were blamed for some delays, though it is worth noting that stories have been circulating that production was also reined in because of panel fitment, issues with engine valves, and unspecified electrical hiccups. The last thing Ford wants is for their high-performance superstar to start blowing engines or fritzing out on the way to the track. Still, it’s better to catch all that stuff in pre-production instead of letting it out half-baked in the interest of meeting some arbitrary deadline on a PowerPoint slide.

As for the customers spoken of at the start of this post, one reports they have been given a VIN belonging to the EcoBoost convertible they ordered, along with an expected build date of sometime during the week of July 31. Production doesn’t seem to be limited by engine type, with another customer saying their GT convertible has also been given a VIN and a production estimate equal to the EcoBoost mentioned earlier. Finally, one other gearhead declared their EcoBoost also has a production date penned for the end of July, though it isn’t mentioned if the car is a ragtop or fastback.

In any event, this can only be construed as Good News for all customers holding reservations for 2024 Mustangs – and for investors holding a bit of Blue Oval stock.

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Matthew Guy
Matthew Guy

Matthew buys, sells, fixes, & races cars. As a human index of auto & auction knowledge, he is fond of making money and offering loud opinions.

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  • Lou_BC Lou_BC on May 29, 2023

    Once again, Mustang is the last pony car standing. Camaro RIP, Challenger RIP.

  • Alan Alan on May 29, 2023

    I don't know how well Mustangs are selling in the US, but here in Australia since its release a while back Mustang sales have taken a nose dive. Maybe those who wanted a Mustang have bought, or Ford needs a new Mustang model, maybe both.

  • MaintenanceCosts "But your author does wonder what the maintenance routine is going to be like on an Italian-German supercar that plays host to a high-revving engine, battery pack, and several electric motors."Probably not much different from the maintenance routine of any other Italian-German supercar with a high-revving engine.
  • 28-Cars-Later "The unions" need to not be the UAW and maybe there's a shot. Maybe.
  • 2manyvettes I had a Cougar of similar vintage that I bought from my late mother in law. It did not suffer the issues mentioned in this article, but being a Minnesota car it did have some weird issues, like a rusted brake line.(!) I do not remember the mileage of the vehicle, but it left my driveway when the transmission started making unwelcome noises. I traded it for a much newer Ford Fusion that served my daughter well until she finished college.
  • TheEndlessEnigma Couple of questions: 1) who will be the service partner for these when Rivian goes Tits Up? 2) What happens with software/operating system support when Rivia goes Tits Up? 3) What happens to the lease when Rivian goes Tits up?
  • Richard I loved these cars, I was blessed to own three. My first a red beauty 86. My second was an 87, 2+2, with digital everything. My third an 87, it had been ridden pretty hard when I got it but it served me well for several years. The first two I loved so much. Unfortunately they had fuel injection issue causing them to basically burst into flames. My son was with me at 10 years old when first one went up. I'm holding no grudges. Nissan gave me 1600$ for first one after jumping thru hoops for 3 years. I didn't bother trying with the second. Just wondering if anyone else had similar experience. I still love those cars.