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July 21, 2017 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Mystery in Drive.

 Instrument display of Ford Mustang GT 500. (

Dog bone shaped toy for those driven. They’ll be doggone. Instrument display of new Mustang GT 500. (

Such a tease.

Like a stripper revealing just a little bit – a suggestion of what is to come – and dropping a few staged hints.

Trick to decode what is real and what is merely come-on.

Numbers shaping a mystery in Ford’s instrument cluster picture:

  • 1964.5   First Mustang came out as half-year 1964 model. (First Shelby in 1965)
  • 289   The cubic inch engine displacement of the first Mustang V8.
  • 7 – 55   Possibly the horsepower of the new Shelby Mustang GT500 expected to be introduced in 2018, out in 2019.
  • 11:17:11   Could this be the date and exact time for the big Mustang reveal? (Where’s a major car show then?)

Rumors’ not running on empty.

Gearheaded urban myths – like playing Beatles’ tunes backwards?

You auto know better.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge



  1. Kate Crimmins / Jul 21 2017 11:35 am

    My bestie in high school’s father was a big car person. He had one of the first mustangs in the area. That crazy man allowed his daughter to drive it around with her equally crazy friend. We thought we were pretty cool! It was definitely a “guy magnet.”


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 21 2017 4:45 pm

      Definitely a head turner. How much fun! We just had the bland cars (and the city bus)…although one of my friends got a European scooter – tres chic!
      Thanks for the zoomie comment

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  2. Sue / Jul 21 2017 11:35 am



  3. D. Wallace Peach / Jul 21 2017 12:25 pm

    Clearly, I’m not a gearhead. I didn’t understand a word of this! 😀

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 21 2017 4:40 pm

      Ford’s ad is supposedly full of clues about the new version of the car (although some say it’s DaVinci code carried to the extreme.) For Mustang enthusiasts, being the first to decipher accurate information about the updated car model, would put one in the media/car blog’s driver’s seat…and then there’s the drone operators hoping to catch a clear image on the test track.
      Bit of a giggle with the serious decoding of the mystery….Much more entertaining than running with the latest political gossip anyway
      Thanks for shifting gears to leave a comment

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      • D. Wallace Peach / Jul 21 2017 4:57 pm

        I wasn’t trying to be snarky and I hope it didn’t come off that way. If just cracked me up how I didn’t understand one word of it. I have no idea what you said in your reply either. LOL.


        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 21 2017 5:06 pm

          OH, no, I giggled along with you. Figured this one would be a fog for many, but it’s just so funny – some are taking this ad so seriously- searching for clues. (Living with one who talked his dad into letting him buy a non-running junky car from a widow in the neighborhood at age 11 “Oh, he’ll never get it working. It’ll keep him busy all summer”..took he and a friend less than 48 hours…).

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          • D. Wallace Peach / Jul 21 2017 5:19 pm

            I’ll have to keep an eye out for the ad. My brain dims when car commercials come on. 😀


          • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 21 2017 6:14 pm

            Actually this is on the website…some are just so eager for any info
            Molly Malamute says it must be good: has a dog bone shape!

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  4. marina kanavaki / Jul 21 2017 1:38 pm

    That’s one beautiful bone shaped toy!!!! [I’m back …finally – hope all’s well!] 🙂


  5. Ally Bean / Jul 21 2017 3:25 pm

    i always wanted a Shelby.– as much for the name as for the car. I might be a gearhead lite, I guess.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 21 2017 5:39 pm

      Ah, the Shelby mystic. There are others, but the legend continues. You don’t have to fully understand how electricity works to appreciate it, right? Same with some cars.Green light, go. Not go? Go to the shop. Works. Thanks for enjoying the drive

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  6. sustainabilitea / Jul 21 2017 4:28 pm

    The only time I ever road in a Mustang was many, many years ago when we must have flown to Florida and rented one. Even as a child, I remember the back being quite cramped. 😦



    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 21 2017 5:20 pm

      Mustangs are great for CA Pacific coast highway – for 2 people. The German doesn’t mind the back seat cave, but Molly whines she can’t see out and that she fits perfectly n the passenger seat…and she will show you if that seat isn’t occupied when she gets in…even then, she pretends to be a lap dog…that’s a lot of fun. Thanks for parking on this lot


  7. kourtneyheintz2 / Jul 21 2017 5:46 pm

    I swear sometimes signs come up in the weirdest places. 🙂 Cool interpretation of the numbers!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 21 2017 6:04 pm

      Coincidence or clever marketing? Only Ford knows for sure. (and those gear heads with sharp eyes and determination to ferret out what the new baby looks like…and some are taking it very seriously) Thanks for zooming over to chat.


  8. shoreacres / Jul 21 2017 5:52 pm

    Kate’s right. My dad got one of the first ones — royal blue with a white interior — and let me drive it. It was a guy magnet. I loved that car, but it wouldn’t suit me today. Princess is just fine. (By the way, I just looked up its model name on the Toyota site last week, and sure enough: “Corolla” was chosen as a reference to the pretty part of a flower.)


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 21 2017 6:13 pm

      White interior – now there’s an optimist. Must have been a beauty.
      That was about the time my dad and I went without mom to get a new car and came home with a white Chevy II with red interior. Such a powerful car you could easily spin the tires taking off at a stop sign. Mom hated it and eventually refused to drive it because she said teenage boys kept coming up beside her, racing their engines trying to get a street race going. Wish we still had that one.
      The secrecy of a highly anticipated car coming out amuses me – all that odd camouflage netting and those wheel disguises. Makes me want a drone.
      (Speaking of amusement – seen the signs on the fancy bike path to nowhere over Egret Bay…funny..except it’s money..and that lovely old bridge is still there beside it)
      Thanks for driving over with a comment


  9. easyweimaraner / Jul 21 2017 11:59 pm

    the only thing what scares me as soon as I enter our ride is the clock… 289.000….wish I had this number in euro’s LOL

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 23 2017 7:06 pm

      Ha! Molly is mumbling something about “bigger windows = better car.” Thanks for running along side.


  10. Littlesundog / Jul 22 2017 5:40 am

    Gearhead lingo I do follow. My dad was a mechanic and the local kids were always bringing their hot rods around. HowEVER, Dad did not like Ford. Chevy was his make and we owned a few SS models that turned heads. I do not remember him ever owning anything but Chevys. He would always tell those kids that brought Fords over that he’d try to work on them but basically they were junk and the parts were crap. Ha ha
    We laugh about it now, but Dad’s final ride’s were in Ford vehicles. The ambulance was a Ford as was the hearse. But I’m sure if he had anything to say about it, he’d complain that that crap Ford ambulance was to blame for his end!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 23 2017 7:03 pm

      Your last paragraph is perfect. Your Dad would be proud. (and laugh)
      Mustangs are the only Ford that really hold value consistently (Although the newer ones no longer have that simple engine that is easy to work on. Legend and image lives on)…but that new Camaro recently is under serious consideration. (We’ll see, somehow 2 vintages paid for is difficult to beat.)
      Thanks for putting it in drive to get over and chat

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