Very few cars on the road have the classic history the Ford Mustang enjoys. Even fewer have the longevity. Since the very first model rolled off the assembly line, a certain excitement was attached to this American classic. The Mustang is the very definition of American Muscle Car. We at WindRestrictor® would like to take some time and pay homage to this unforgettable automobile and its legion of fans and faithful owners. Please, take a moment with us to explore the history of the spectacular Ford Mustang!
Named after the WWII P-51 Mustang fighter plane, the original Mustangs rolled out in 1964 but were marked as 1965 models. John Najjar co-designed the original prototype with another Ford designer, Philip T. Clark. Now there is some dispute over how The Ford Mustang got its name. Another story is Robert J. Eggert was a Ford market research manager and a quarterhorse breeder. Some claim the name came from his second career. Funny how every legendary tale has many different versions.
Even earlier, Donald N. Frey was appointed over the T-5 project. The T-5 was a two seat roadster had a German Ford Taunus V4 engine underneath the hood. However, the two seat idea was abandoned due to low sales by similar models. Two more seats were added and trunk space was traded in for cabin room. The style was made more sporty based on vehicles like the Corvette and Jaguar E-Type. Voilà, the Mustang we now know and love was born. Now that the stage was set, how would this car do with the fickle American consumer?
After the '64 1/2 (named such because it was marked as a 65 and came out in the later portion of 1964), an actual '65er was born. In 1964, the car sold a respectable 121,538, out of the gate. In 1965, a whopping 559,451. During 1966 it was even higher, 607,568. Can you say sales boom? This was the highest sales for the Mustang, a record still unbroken to this day. They were firmly placed at the top as the "in" automobile. An honor they at least continually competed for throughout the First Generation. The continually evolving car added innovation after innovation. Back up lights, alternators, a V-8 engine, and larger versions. However, the larger vehicles didn't translate into better vehicles according to the American consumer. Ford gambled to attempt to compete with the luxury vehicles of the day. The bet didn't pay off. A steady decline ensued shortly thereafter.
Considering the oil crisis of the 1970s, now President of Ford Motor Company Lee Iacocca ordered major shrinkage of the Mustang. These new models were somewhat based on the Pinto (my dad drove a pinto, those things were like tanks) and much more compact. This in turn helped it compete favorably with the smaller imports of the day. The new version was dubbed Mustang II. Hatchbacks, T-top roofs, and new trim packages were all part of the then modernized look. The King Cobra and Ghia models were added to further jazz up the line.You'll notice already the tremendous adaptability that Ford engineers had to offer. Sales remained in the 100,000s throughout the era due largely to their incredible ingenuity.
Now starts the longest of all the Ford Generations. The Third Generation of Mustangs lasted an improbable fourteen years. Starting in 1979 and not ending until 1993. Third Gen Mustangs are aka "Fox Mustangs". Fox was a platform created by Ford for many of their midsize and compact models. You can throw Lincoln and Mercury in that mix as well. The most popular model during this generation was the legendary 5.0. Which was forever immortalized in the song, "Ice, Ice Baby." The end of its run ('93) marked the beginning of CD players being factory optional. Vanilla Ice AND CDs? Just when you thought the Mustang couldn't get more legendary! Too cold!
From 1994-2004 the Fourth Generation Mustangs were the premier Ford sport cars of the time. During this period the GT was reintroduced improved handling and higher stats in the performance category. Even more vaunted was the Ford Cobra (not to be confused with the King Cobra) , developed by Ford's Special Vehicle Team. The Cobra is still legendary in Mustang circles and around the world for lovers of high-powered pony and American Muscle Cars.
The Fifth Generation lasted ten years from 2004 until 2014. Variants include the Shelby Mustang, Boss 302 Mustang, and the Mustang GT/California Special. The Fifth Generation looked like the classics and with a fresh twist known as retro-futurism. Also, known for its rear-wheel-drive platform, these models were evolutionary yet let you look back at a time when American Muscle ruled the roost. This generation sold like hotcakes and reinvigorated a sleepy market that had forgotten how great Mustangs truly are. If you look at the Bullitt Mustang and can't see its appeal, maybe you should think about taxicabs and subways.
Lastly, the newest age of Ford Mustangs is the Sixth Generation. The Sixth Generations were first produced in 2014 and are still going strong in 2017. This is the lucky generation that helped welcome the arrival of The Mustang's 50th anniversary. An even that took place in Charlotte, North Carolina and Las Vegas, Nevada. To celebrate this momentous occasion, Ford cranked out another solid addition to its legendary line. With such goodies as fully independent rear suspension and direct injected four cylinder engine, Sixth Generation stands up nicely to past models.
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Cologne Carnival attendees got a glimpse of what has to be the scariest thing for European criminals since Sherlock Holmes, a Ford Mustang police car. Quite a coup by Ford, considering Germany has some of the best auto manufacturers around.
The Genovation Corvette has topped it's past record by topping out at a speed of 205 miles per hour. That's the fastest a street legal electric car has gone in history. Now you can grab one for $750,000. But, hey you'll save on gas!
Falling In Love With Convertibles
The wind blowing through my hair, sun caressing my face; I was enthralled by the glamour of it all. Looking back, I started loving convertibles the very first time I sat in my cousin’s and we cruised down the famous route 66. At only 15, I knew this was going to be a life-long passion. 13 years down the line, I was right! Of course, the fact that my first romantic kiss occurred two years later in a rented BMW Cabrio the night of my senior prom, strongly contributed to my attachment. And though it did not work out with my date of the time, the flame between convertibles and I still hasn’t dwindled.
Top Down And Hands Up, My Future Looks Bright!
While other girls had posters of male pop-stars, actors or even models in their rooms, mine was adorned with my many dream cars. From the ostentatious Lamborghini's to the sleek Audi's, my dream collection consisted of every roadster my pile of car magazine had comprised. Eventually my parents caught on to my near-obsession and voila! My first very own convertible – a gift from my parents when I graduated college. It was an Infinity G7, used but only slightly, with a sleek grey finish and a suede interior. Driving the car made me feel like a star, gathering enough composure to smile at on-lookers and making every drive to work feel like a holiday. It felt as though I was driving through on the coast across the south of France, Los Angeles or the Caribbean. I was the 'friend with the cool car’ and I lived for the beautiful days when the envious stares would come as my girlfriends and I bobbed along to music we knew everyone could hear, caught in our own pure enjoyment.
Of course there were rainy days and the retractable hardtop had to come up. This was a bit of a shame. It would usually last much longer than I would have desired. The next day however the sun would usually be back and it was worth it all over again. But as with all used cars, problems started arising and it felt to me as if my baby was sick. My poor baby!
Now a sturdy 24, I was a bonafide adult and could no longer run to mommy and daddy to 'fix’ things or finance what was starting to be a costly mode of transportation– the gas was draining my modest revenue. Convertible 4-seaters, particularly heavy cars like the Infinity I had or even Mercedes’ larger models consume like crazy. They tend to have a greater engine power than usual sedans – as they are sports cars after all – but this comes at a cost. For me, this only deepened my desire to remain in the somewhat exclusive convertible club, and I sought additional income to financially sustain my passion.
About 3 years ago I sold the car (a very disheartening experience), moved cities and started my own business, an events’ company that enabled me to do all things shiny, glossy and glamorous which I so loved. Some of my high-profile clients had cars that made me salivate, Audi A5s, Ferrari Spiders, even Lamborghini Gallardos. A couple once gave me a ride, flattered as they were by my admiration for the beautiful machines. My most striking experience of the kind was driving a Ferrari Spider 458, with a leather interior and a softly purring V8 engine with an impressive 80% torque. As an automatic only car, it did not require me to fight with the gear stick in the grotesque manner most BMW sports cars I had window-shopped did, and the sensitivity of the accelerator was incredibly exhilarating. This specific dream-car-owner was Cuban and spent most of his time on coastal cities and early last year, after two years as my client, he left me the Ferrari for a full week as he was away on business! A full week of parading the heavenly car, during which business boomed as people asked what I did, where I did it, how successful I must be. The attention was almost as amazing as the exciting, smooth purr-to-roar of the convertible as I pressed the accelerator, or the speed and efficiency with which the top retracted, or the impressive balance of the relatively heavy car even in the tightest of turns and sharpest braking.
I used the air of wealth it provided me to visit other dealerships, often implying I was on the verge buying a new cabriolet to add to my 'extensive collection’. While the lie was shameful, all is fair in love and war, right? And as my love had reached new summits, I did not feel too guilty. Mercedes, expectedly, was my first stop. I felt their convertibles had the class of Mercedes sedans, the prestige of sports cars and the glitz and glam of most cabriolets. The Mercedes S-class roaster was a vision. A brand new model at the time, this 4-seater even smelt like the lifestyle I aspired to! As a supposed wealthy Ferrari owner, I swallowed my gasp of admiration as I test drove this glorious creation with a whopping 449 horsepower. With its incredibly sleek leather interior, this convertible is a collector item, only available to Mercedes’ most exclusive clients….which I didn’t qualify as. I walked out of the car dealership with my heart heavy with longing, face comically sad and hands slightly shaking. This wasn’t the car for a young business woman with my budget. I was back to boring car reality.
Hard Work And Dedication Pays Off
I shouldn’t have been fantasizing so much about McLaren’s and Audi's when rent was due, marketing had to be financed and expansion paid for. My Cuban client and friend was to return soon, and unless I wanted to become a fugitive, I had to return the car. When I did so however, things took a surprising turn. He thanked me for taking care of his baby and promised he’d put in a good word for my services to his many (powerful) friends. And as I dreamt of XLR's, Audi A3s, Range Rover Convertibles and Jaguar F-types the work started pouring in. Last year I scored my first televised event, and have been doing quite well since. This Valentine’s day came and went and I decided it was time to get myself a present. After long consideration I've determined to shop for it at Mercedes-Benz. Dreams do come true!
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The Mercedes-Benz SLK made an impressive introduction in April 2016, and what a ride it's been! The sleek style and the precise engineering has made quite a splash in auto markets globally. Soon to make twenty-one, Mercedes-Benz has added to it's already stellar reputation with this spectacular model.
The Jaguar F-Type recently made it's North American in Toronto Canada. The British beauty now comes with their InTouch Pro system as standard, Rerun app integration (a state-of-the-art app that integrates the buyers GoPro camera with the vehicle's performance data), and the availability of full LED headlights.
The famous Callaway Corvette tuning company is now offering the AeroWagen kit for 'Vette owners. Wife wants to do practical and you want sporty? This could be the perfect combination! The kit is available for $14,900 dollars, to get it painted any OE color you're looking at another $2980. That's quite a mod package for sure! You can get the kit added in California, Connecticut (it's official facilities) or at one of it's partner sites.
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WindRestrictor® is more than happy with our latest Polaris Slingshot wind blocker/wind deflector product. Sling drivers really enjoy tricking their vehicles out and love to have fun. Heck, who could ask for two better attributes in potential customers? Well, it's no surprise a lot of celebrities are hopping on Slingshots and ripping up the road!
In this post I'd like to take some time to point out the people and their awesome trikes kicking up dust and having some fun. We have hall of fame basketball players, famous rappers, and even a badboy poker millionaire! Sit back and relax as we take you on a star trip through Slingland!
Well, no big shocker here! It's almost like the Polaris Slingshot was built for Dan. Dan's well known in poker circles for being fierce on tables. A fierceness that's made him a very wealthy man. The term "playboy" definitely comes to mind when thinking about how he lives his life.
As famous as he is at casinos and cigar smoke filled rooms taking money from the well-to-do, he might be more famous for his Instagram posts. Dan is always in the company of beautiful women and always living life on the very edge. The Slingshot is just the latest in his collection of high priced, high octane toys.
Rapper Tyga needed to have one! No, we didn't mean a member of the Kardashian family (technically a Jenner), a brand new Polaris Slingshot. As his girlfriend and celeb herself Kylie tries to hide her face, Tyga looks like he's kicking up some dust on L.A. highways.
Tyga's been in the game for years now (most recently signing with Kanye West's GOOD Music), so why not treat yourself to the coolest trike around? Be careful Tyga! Fast motorcycles AND a Kardashian? This guy is walking a tightrope
Yoenis Cespedes is a Mets left-fielder who is well known for being an All-Star and a lover of custom Slingshots. He owns two, but can afford a whole lot more! His latest contract was four years and $110 million dollars! Dad, why didn't you teach me how to play baseball!
Yoenis has a pretty fascinating story. He's of Cuban descent and went from living in a communist nation, to being one of the highest paid athletes around. I don't know about you, but I love a good rags to riches story. I don't know if I would've went with gray and red on my Sling, but Yoenis looks like he's having fun!
Have you ever seen Game this happy? He's usually snarling in a microphone degrading which ever fellow rapper has decided to run afoul of this Compton lyricist. While not known for having an even temper and being overly forgiving, like most people he likes to have some fun and there's not many ways better than a Slingshot to do it in.
Game's been at it nearly 15 years now. That's quite a stretch in the hip-hop world of two year trends and throwaway hits. He's more than earned the right to have some fun on one of the most hottest trikes ever created. Making hits and punching opposition is no easy feat.
Speaking of longevity, S-N-O-O-P is in a S-L-I-N-G. Snoop keeps it cool in the hottest motorcycle to hit the scene in sometime. I hope he doesn't partake of herbs while cruising the streets of Hollywood. No, telling with this eccentric artist.
Snoop always has his swag on ten. Besides rapping he's been in movies, done some television, and even has a YouTube show. Relevant? Snoop is still killing the game! He might be a lot of things, but you have to credit his drive!
The champ is here! Everybody has a favorite sport, mine's MMA. Seeing a great fighter on one of my favorite vehicles ever was more than an honor. Cain is cruising around in his custom Polaris Slingshot probably thinking about who the next unlucky guy he's going to have to beat half to death to get his title back.
Looks like even behind the wheel of one of the world's most exciting rides, Mr. Velasquez doesn't get overly emotional. That's more than likely the same attitude that keeps him near the top of the UFC's heavyweight division.
Ever notice I can always find a way to fit Shaq into a blog? Well, there's two reasons for that: 1. Shaq loves motorized vehicles. 2. Everybody loves Shaq. Once again Shaq shows up on the list next to another motored marvel. This is one of the few times the driver looks almost as big as the Slingshot!
Shaq is currently doing commentary for NBA games and it's the perfect fit for this seven feet of charisma and basketball knowledge. I'm sure he finds time to put these three wheels on the road when not talking about jump shots or driving his Mac Truck around.
This beautiful woman is the star over 20+ Hollywood features. She arrives in style with a sexy see through and a just as sexy Slingshot. If Jena didn't get enough heads turning just by being herself, she brings along the hottest trike on the market. Is that cheating?
When not appearing in Batman vs Superman and The Hunger Games series of films, Jena Malone spends time at her home in Sparks, Nevada. A far cry from the glitz and glam of Hollywood. Beautiful, down-to-earth, and a Slingshot driver. Her boyfriend is one VERY lucky man!
This power forward powers his way through a parking lot in his Slingshot on a sunny afternoon in L.A. Blake looks like he's having fun, far from the fierce dunker and defender role he plays with the Clippers.
Mr. Griffin has a net worth well over thirty million dollars. Quite a hefty payday for this former NBA slam dunk champion and current member of a playoff bound b ball squad. Suffice it to say, he could probably afford a few accessories. Hint, hint Blake!
So, Maren went on tour with Keith Urban. Guess what? He gave a Sling for supporting him. The exposure of working with Keith AND a Sling. While I'm learning baseball, I'm going to teach my daughter's to sing.
Maren's had a Country Music #1 album and single already at the young age of 26! While she's pictured here with her boyfriend (Ryan Hurd, a great artist and songwriter in his own right) in the passenger seat, when it comes to her career she's certainly in the driver's seat!
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The life of John and Wendy Bettis dramatically changed in 2015 when their teenage daughter Savannah passed away due to carbon monoxide poisoning while riding in a vehicle. There were no warning signs and there was no opportunity to avoid the tragedy.
The Bettis Family knew something had to change. Through their grief, they committed to making a difference in honor of Savannah.
They have been on a mission to save lives across the world by starting in their home state of Indiana, where Savannah passed away. They are working to pass a law (Savannah's Law) which would require that vehicles under 10 years of age be tested every other year and older vehicles be tested annually.
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The Bettis' chose a Polaris Slingshot to lead the way in bringing attention to their cause, and what an awesome job it has done! They designed it in purple and orange to tribute her school color as well as Savannah's dedication to supporting leukemia awareness. Her younger cousin fought leukemia and Savannah was very proud to support him and bring awareness to others.
If you would like to support the cause financially, they are selling wristbands, T-shirts, car decals, and buttons. All proceeds will go to the Savannah Bettis Memorial Fund in Indianapolis which is being used to help the Ben Davis Show Choir and college scholarships at Ben Davis which was Savannah's high school. You may email Savannah's Dad at Jwbettis1@att.net to make a donation.
We were blessed to get to know them and their cause, #SavannahStrong, when they ordered a custom WindRestrictor® featuring a beautiful portrait of the three of them. They are currently finishing up a new design which will have the #SavannahStrong logo prominently displayed. These are the projects that touch our hearts and remind us of how blessed we are to have the opportunity to do what we do!
We've long been the manufacturer of the leading wind blocking device, The WindRestrictor®. But, did you know we also make a brand of customizable door sills to match your new toy? How about a sexy Universal Glowplate to fit in your coupe?
Many models are already covered by our company, (Corvette, Camaro, Mercedes-Benz SLK, Chrysler Crossfire etc.), and now your car's door sills can light up too! We have a new product we're adding to the family, our Universal Sills. Finally, your sills can light up in one of eight amazing colors to match your awesome WindRestrictor®.
Oh, and we haven't forgotten our coupe drivers. Yes, we make some coupe models ( Mustang Coupe, Corvette Coupe, Camaro Coupe, Chrysler Crossfire Coupe, and the Mini Cooper Coupe ), but why not include all we can with a laser-etched masterpiece on wheels!?! You can now!
About Our Sills
When opening your new Universal Sills you'll automatically notice the quality is on par with all of our other products. Expect the cutting edge LED technology behind the sills to shine bright in the night. It can further accentuate any personalization your vehicle has undergone, or become a starting point for a look overhaul.
When we say "customizable" we mean FULLY customizable. Some other places give you a limited array of what can and can't be done. With one of eight brilliant colored lights and any motto or logo you desire, the possibilities are literally endless. You can keep your car in a style you want and deserve. Don't settle for cheap kick plates that clashes with your interior.
Don't worry about draining your battery, we consume little power and shine bright. Also, installation won't be a hassle. Our comprehensive instructions will walk you through the process easily. If you have any further issues we gotcha covered, simply contact us during business hours and one of our techs will help you with any problems you might encounter. We're serious when we say you're family. Clean the area, affix and heat the adhesive, and then finish up with simple wiring. It's literally that easy.
Will These Universal Sills Fit?
Our product fits any flat surface 22” long and 2” wide. Which as you can imagine opens up a plethora of possibilities. Below is a short list of the type of vehicles we're talking about. Understand this does NOT mean it won't fit your vehicle. This just means these are the ones we've personally tested.
*Cheverolet Silverado High Country
*Cheverolet 271 Tuscany
*Subaru Cross Trek
*Cadillac ATSV Coupe
*Audi TTS Coupe
*GMC Sierra Denali
Again, this is far from being totally comprehensive. If your vehicle is on this list , we're not completely out of the game yet. Not on the list? A quick measuring job will see if our sills are the right fit for your fine vehicle.
Like all of our products our sills come with a lifetime warranty. If you have any issues whatsoever return them and get a new pair. Chances are you won't have a problem with our sills. But, isn't it nice to know if you do you can return them hassle free?
About Our Universal Glowplates
Tired of seeing "that" car in your neighborhood driving around sporting a bright shiny WindRestrictor®? Well, no need for jealousy because we have the product for you! Instantly, remove any envy with our new Universal Glowplate! You can have the same rolling car show in your fine coupe today.
Our Glowplates come with the eight bright lights, the laser-etched art, heck all the bells and whistles you'll find in other Glowplates and our WindRestrictor® wind blockers. Get in on having a masterpiece shining though your back window, that was once only imaginable for certain convertibles and coupes.
Expect the very same quality we put into all of our products. From the materials used down to the most minute details we strive for perfection. Our laser-etching can recreate anything your heart desires. Let us know, and we'll craft it then make it glow! Just like all of our products, expect a lifetime warranty for this fabulous addition to our line of automotive accessories.
Other Goodies:Illuminated Wheel Rings & Puddle Lights
Did you think we were going to end it all there? We've got more in store for our buyers, and it's all brought to you by our friends at Oracle®. I'm talking about illuminated wheel rings and puddle lights!
You're already dazzling the night away by your back window and door sills...But, why stop there? How about a set of matching illuminated wheel rings to make those turning heads do a 360? Well, now we have them in stock, and now you can make your vehicle shine like never before! One set includes four wheel rings and a one year warranty. We've got you covered for a solid 365 days if something goes wrong.
Now our puddle lights are a little more exclusive, but just as fun. If you drive a Cadillac, Corvette, Camaro, or Chrysler Crossfire you're in luck! You don't have one of those vehicles? No, problem. If you can wait a tad longer we can get some shipped to you with a custom design! ANOTHER way to personalize! The powerful 3W LED CREE bulb will project your logo onto any floor surface. Meant for the undercarriage of your vehicle doesn't mean that's the only place you can go with them, it's all up to you!
And Finally Illuminated Emblem Badges
To recap your back window, door sills, wheels and undercarriage are all brightly illuminated. Now, we have one more surprise for Corvette C6 and C7 owners. Now your emblem badges can light up too!
Our badges are easily installed and come in the same colors. Your options are plentiful. This is a fine finishing touch if you're a 'Vette owner and will captivate onlookers. Each emblem comes with wiring connectors and 3M adhesive backing. Simply pop off the factory logo and get this beauty wired and ready!
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