Sunday, April 8, 2012

CWD Construction’s Chuck Dohm Presents the History of the Mustang

Chuck Dohm of CWD Construction has been a fan of the Ford Mustang since he was a boy riding around town in his grandfather’s 1965 first generation model.

You might find CWD Construction’s Chuck Dohm hard at work re-designing building plans or inspecting his crew’s work. But, in his spare time, this classic car collector says there is nothing better than dropping the top of a classic Pony car and hitting the road with his wife and partner, Sonia. CWD Construction is known for quality – perhaps Chuck puts so much emphasis on superiority because of his love of one of the best built vehicles on Earth–the Classic American Ride–the Mustang.

First Generation (1965 – 1973)

Also known as the 1964 1/2, Chuck Dohm of CWD Construction says that the first Mustang rolled off the assembly line a little earlier than expected. In April of 1964, Ford debuted its meanest looking muscle car ever, says Chuck Dohm of CWD Construction. The Mustang was originally designed as a two-seater, much like its cousin, the Thunderbird. The Mustang’s coupe design was abandoned in lieu of a four seat configuration, says the CWD Constructions owner. The cost of the first year model was just $2,368. Dohm explains that the inexpensive price was accomplished by using the interior, suspension, and drivetrain already in production for other Ford staples, like the Falcon. According to the CWD Construction founder, in the first 18 months of production Ford produced over a million units – far more than originally expected.

Second Generation (1974 - 1978)

Chuck Dohm of CWD Construction relates that the second generation of Mustang, from 1974 to 1978, was commissioned by one of the original designers, Lea Iacocca. For fuel efficiency, the vehicle was based on Ford’s compact Pinto design, much to the dismay of car enthusiasts such as Chuck. CWD Construction’s founder says that this generation of vehicle introduced the Cobra II and the MPG Stallion. Additionally, says CWD Construction’s Dohm, Ford offered a luxury version of the Mustang, named the Ghia – after their recently acquired Italian automaker.

Third Generation (1979 – 1993)

The Mustang returned to its roots in 1979 and brought back car enthusiasts such as CWD Construction’s Chuck Dohm. The V-8 model became known as the “5.0”and is still a hot rodding legend much like the 1955 to 1957 Chevy of an earlier generation.

Fourth Generation (1994 – 2004)

Chuck Dohm of CWD Construction says that the 1994 - 2004 models were the most similar predecessor to the Mustangs of today. This was Ford’s first major overhaul of the muscle car’s design in a decade and a half. This reengineering replaced the previous generation’s boxy look with a more contemporary aesthetic.

Current (Fifth) Generation (2005 – Today)

The 2004 North American International Auto Show buzzed with excitement when Ford unveiled its highly anticipated and improved vehicle design. Chuck Dohm of CWD Construction says the most recent versions of this generation are designed with a modern twist on the classic 1960's vehicles that he grew up with.


CWD Construction is a North Carolina-based luxury home builder and remodeler. Owners Chuck and Sonia Dohm take great pride in getting to know each and every one of their clients. For more information about the firm, visit


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