It’s 55 years since the Ford Mustang was launched. To mark the occasion, Ford has launched the imaginatively-titled Mustang55 special edition.

The 450hp, 5.0-litre V8 GT model serves as the basis of the Mustang55. It’s easily identified by the black roof and dissolve-effect stripes on the bonnet and lower body sides. If you prefer the body in black, the roof and stripes are silver. Convertibles get a black roof, too.

The black theme continues with the 19in wheels, grille and badging. There’s an optional spoiler, as well, that’s finished in… that’s right, black.

Inside, there’s a unique gear knob – moulded plastic on manuals, alloy metal on automatics. SYNC3 infotainment comes as standard complete with B&O stereo, DAB+ radio, on-board modem and remote starting on automatics.

At the same time, a raft of updates have been added to the 4cyl 2.3-litre EcoBoost model. Among them are a number of new exterior trim details inspired by the Shelby GT350 and GT500 and a new Active Valve Performance Exhaust. Obviously, it makes the EB engine shoutier, but it also has a programable Neighbour Mode, so you can set the exhaust to be as quiet as possible at certain times of day. Very considerate.

Both the Mustang55 and updated EcoBoost are available from August. Ford hasn’t announced prices for the 55, but expect it to fall somewhere between the £42,810 a standard GT costs and the £48,210 sticker on the top-grade Bullitt.

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By Graham King