I still think you’re banking on a generalization of who drive these vehicles or at least who drives mustangs. I’m in the under 40 crowd that you are describing and there are other people on these 350 forum younger than me—and in the real word, there are many. I am by no way a rarity, I’m a constant.I hope i.c.e performance vehicles are still a big part of the hobby, for a long long time.
But the owner age of these vehicles, and the fact that a very small part of the younger generations see, American performance cars as something to lust after. And lets face it, no matter what the person with an auction paddle in their hand plans on doing with the vehicle after they own it (drive it, pack it away in moth balls ) they buy because they have had a longing for such a model for a long time.
THe gt500 is a limited production car persay, but in the future the number of people that are part of the younger generations that those that own them now, are a small group that be standing with a paddle or on the phone with an auction staffer bidding. I think other vehicles will be the ones those people lust after, like they do now. For a lot of the under 40 crowd the pony cars are not even on their radar, so who know if it will be in 10-20 years when they are older. I know what vehicles/cars my kids and their friends like and wish they could have, and sad to say only a few have any passing interest in mustangs/camaro's even though they have a strong interest in performance cars/trucks.
Like I stated above I hope the hobby had a long life with i.c.e. powered vehicles. I know one thing I , know one knows what the future holds.
I get paid to go to a lot of Ford shows to cover events for Ford Performance and other outlets and there are lots of people under 40 at those events who own Mustangs. The mustang is by no means an older persons car if it was we would see AARP tents at events and we don’t. So yes will some young people crave a fast and furious type car of course, but there will always be people who want the mustang, the Camaro, the Dodge which we see that all over the place for people under 40. The future is in good hands.
As for younger people wanting the 500 that they can’t afford at the moment all I have to do is point you to the many—many body kits that are available that allow people to make their Ford mustang GT look like a GT500. Hell in my area of SoCal, almost 20:1 when I think I see a 500, it’s actually a GT with the 500 style body kit—it’s very convincing when driving head-on towards them. I would say that body kit, if the trend continues will be almost as popular as what Saleen kits were in the early 2000s.
Some of those people will be able to eventually obtain a real GT500 and they’ll jump on it like somebody screamed fumble.
Your kids tastes are your kids tastes. If they’re not into muscle cars then that’s them but that doesn’t equal that they are representative of everyone under 40. It’s a generalization that you can’t do because it’s a super super super small sample size.
Some people are into Porsches, other Nissans, some Subaru, others it must have an LS, and others still love Dodge, and so on and so on. We all like what we like, but I don’t see the enthusiasm dying in the under 40 crowd even as we switch to EV.
Car people are car people, it doesn’t matter what age. We all love cars and we’re passionate about them.