Heads up, Ford is turning back the clock on the Mustang, by putting turn signals on the hood.
The 2016 Mustang GT will come standard with driver-facing LED turn signal indicators embedded in its hood vents.
The feature is a throwback to one offered with the Deluxe Hood on the 1967-1968 ‘Stangs, apparently including the one Steve McQueen drove in the film “Bullitt” – not that he used the signals much during that famous chase scene. Ford says it’s bringing them back due to customer interest.
Although they were once a fairly common site, these sorts of “tell-tales” went extinct, (or into hibernation, apparently,) on passenger cars many years ago. The only thing like it that even comes close are the turn signal housings on the Mercedes-Benz G-Class, which debut in 1979 and is the oldest car still in production, but the current version of its fender-mounted lights is only illuminated toward the front.
Along with the lights, Ford announced the resurrection of the California Special and Pony Package appearance packages for the GT and Ecoboost Mustangs, respectively, for 2016, while a functional performance package will be optional on convertible GTs when the new cars go on sale this fall.