2005 Ford Mustang
By 2005 retro car designs were emerging from all sectors of the auto industry. But it was the redesign of the Ford Mustang that re-created the American muscle car. The Mustang faithful had waited years for a tribute to the original 'Stangs of the 1960s. Ford's remake brought forward just the right design cues to recall the past and melded them into a body that looked modern at the same time. It was brilliant work.
In 2005 there wasn't much competition for the Mustang. A year earlier GM imported a rather boring-looking Australian coupe with a great chassis and dubbed it the new Pontiac GTO. It was faster than the Mustang, but compared with the 'Stang's retro design, the GTO was a dud and it flopped. However, just as the original 1964 Ford Mustang had inspired the ponycars from Chevy (1967 Camaro) and Dodge (1970 Challenger), the 2005 Mustang sent domestic designers to their sketchpads to reimagine these muscle cars once again. By 2009 we had retro-designed, high-horsepower machines from Chevy and Dodge. Today these models have proliferated into extreme performance versions as well as basic six-cylinder models.
Our friends at Car and Driver, have pegged 2015 for a relaunch of another classic muscle-car nameplate—the Barracuda.