The Ford Mustang’s fifty years are very well documented, as evidenced by the sheer number of Mustang books on the shelves of Automobile Magazine’s library. Given that today marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Mustang’s introduction at the 1964 New York World's Fair, it seemed like an appropriate time to provide a rundown of our favorite Mustang books.
Mustang: Fifty Years
By Donald Farr
This colorful coffee table book does an admirable job of chronicling the Mustang’s history from its conception to the present. More than just a history, the book explores all aspects of Mustang life, from shows to celebrity owners. The pictures draw you in, but the nicely curated facts pull you through. Edsel Ford II penned the thoughtful forward.
Mustang Red Book
By Peter C. Sessler
This is our go-to quick-reference book for all things Mustang. It’s presented chronologically and includes production figures (by paint color, in many cases), option prices, and succinct details on year-to-year changes.
Standard Catalog of Mustang
By Brad Bowling
This is our second go-to reference book for all things Mustang. Unlike many Standard Catalogs of specific models, this book doesn’t simply rehash the excellent Standard Catalog of American Cars and add pretty pictures and airier layouts. It does have those eye-pleasing features, but this Standard Catalog includes additional commentary to go along with the typical bounty of detailed specs, options availability/pricing, year-to-year changes, and significant historical nuggets.
The Complete Book of Mustang
By Mike Mueller
This easy-to-use tome includes very detailed specs along with plenty of informative and attractive pictures and lots of historical analysis. A coffee-table book for people who aren’t averse to numbers.
Mustang: The Complete History of America’s Pioneer Ponycar
By Gary L. Witzenburg
This biography of an automobile was first published in 1979 by Automobile Quarterly, which is known for producing high-quality, in-depth articles and books about automotive history.
The Mustang Dynasty
By John M. Clor
Written by Ford’s in-house expert on vintage Mustang trivia and liaison to Ford enthusiast clubs, this is an excellent coffee-table book with substance. (Keep the book open, though, because the cover artwork isn’t very appealing.)
Shelby Mustang Muscle Cars, 1965-1970
Compiled by R.M. Clarke
Here’s the place to find reprinted vintage articles from the likes of Motor Trend, Hot Rod, Car Life, and many others. Learn what the experts thought when Carroll Shelby’s cars were brand-new.
Shelby: The Complete Book of Shelby Automobiles
By Colin Comer
The author is a noted collector and restorer of vintage cars who specializes in muscle cars and 1960s Shelbys. This book is informative, pretty, and engaging—a must-have for Shelby Mustang lovers.
The Definitive Shelby Mustang Guide, 1965-1970
By Greg Kolasa
This 2012 release has lots of detailed photos and information about what particulars make Shelby Mustangs authentic.
Original Mustang, 1964½-1966
By Colin Date
This one is justifiably subtitled The Restorer’s Guide, and it’s full of details and photos regarding exactly what Mustangs were like when they left Ford factories in the mid-1960s.