Mustang Illustrated or (MI) magazine was published quarterly then bi-monthly by McMullen Publishing. As background, Tom McMullen was the founder and publisher of Street Rodder magazine.
The publishing realm for Mustang related titles was well established when Mustang Illustrated started with the first issue in 1986. Larry Dobbs really started the genre of Mustang restoration magazines with Mustang Monthly, but other titles like MI differentiated with both restoration and performance content. Under the leadership of Bob McClurg, this title ventured away from the pre-1973 focus of other titles and added current Mustang content. There was great coverage of the newer Mustang SVO and Cobra.
McMullen was purchased by K-III (later named Primedia) in June, 1995 as part of a larger transaction involving multiple titles, but Mustang Illustrated continued unchanged except for bi-monthly publishing on odd-numbered months. Then in November, 2001, the title was ended when Primedia purchased the old Petersen Publishing empire which was named EMAP/Petersen. EMAP also owned Mustang & Fords and Mustang Monthly, so three titles in the combined companies, all with a Mustang focus, was one too many. Unfortunately, this was the end for Mustang Illustrated.
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The publisher provide net paid circulation data to Gale Research for the years from 1990 through 1999. Printed monthly issues averaged about 16,600.
A total of 105 issues was published from Spring, 1986 through November, 2001. Cover images are complete except 8/98.