Ford's Mustang cars are the archetypal American muscle motors. It's incredible to think that these classics have been with us since 1964. Almost, ten million cars have been built till date and this means that the Mustang parts market is a hugely lucrative one. Whether you own an original coupe or a 2010 Shelby GT500, where do you shop for spares?
Buying new spares
If you own a recent or new model Ford Mustang, then the obvious place to buy your parts is from the local Ford dealer. These will be genuine OEM (original equipment manufacturer) Ford auto parts and have the benefit of a
maker-backed guarantee. One of the most highly rated suppliers of new parts for all years of Mustang is CJ Pony Parts. This company's incredibly in-depth site offers everything that you could want from service parts to Mustang tuning and performance accessories. They also have a forum and a useful 'Stang news feed with the latest events, auction news and releases from Ford. Americanmuscle.com concentrates on the more modern cars starting with the 1979 "Fox Body" version. Their site is handily divided up by generation. It offers the buyer all that he could need and has an absorbing number of "how to" articles and guides to help you fit the parts that you purchase. Mustangs Unlimited's parts coverage takes in the full production run. They offer catalogues for each series and claim to supply "the largest selection of restoration, performance and accessories" for the Mustang and Shelby.
They cater for the classic Ford Cougar which was built on the same chassis as the Mustang and used many of the same engines. In the UK, Mustang Maniac is a '64 to '68 parts and restoration company with a good stock list. All4Mustangs.co.uk is a site that brings together various different resources for spares and cars for sale in the UK. This comprehensive collection is highly recommended for owners of all generations of cars.
If you are on a tight budget, then it's well worth considering to buy used spares to keep costs down. There are many salvage specialists in the states who break Mustang parts cars, then clean and sell the bits individually. MPS Auto Salvage deal with Mustangs from 1987 to 2009 and have a large number of parts available. Prestigemustang.com sells a good range of discounted new parts as well as reclaimed spares. They are also a good source for project cars if you fancy tackling a restoration. Finally, in the UK or the US, Ebay is a mine of parts and accessories for your pony car. Most US sellers will export goods, although the carriage may be expensive.