OVERVIEW
Mustang Monthly was published by the independent publisher Larry Dobbs and his Dobbs Publishing company in Lakeland, Florida. Dobbs started Mustang Exchange Letter in February, 1978 using a tabloid-on-newsprint style. Although Hemmings Motor News had a similar buy-sell-trade magazine with broad coverage, Dobbs created a Mustang-only version for '65 to '73 Mustangs with free classified for subscribers. His first mailing was to 92 subscribers who answered ads in Hemmings.

He quickly became aware of John Paradise's Super Ford Parts Exchange and immediately changed the name to Mustang Monthly to avoid confusion. After 20 issues, Dobbs went to a regular, full-sized magazine format with color printing and feature articles. The magazine tooks its next leap forward with an expensive ad placed in the December, 1980 Hot Rod magazine. This ad brought over 5,000 new subscribers and really established the title.

The magazine ultimately grew to be the first successful automotive niche magazine. This was achieved through how-to articles in the magazine and successful procedural restoration books such as How To Restore Your Mustang. It found its way onto newstands by 1984 and continued to grow. This growth allowed Dobbs to add other niche automotive titles including Classic Sixties (1983), Popular & Performance Car Review (1984), Super Ford (1987), and Corvette Fever (1989)

The magazine was focused exclusively on '65 to '73 Mustangs, but in the 1980s the 5.0 Mustang (Fox body) was very popular. In October, 1993, Dobbs added a 28 page section on the newer SN95 Mustang, and this was managed by tech editor Mark Houlahan.

Dobbs sold a large portfolio of titles including Mustang Monthly to Petersen Publishing in 1999. The title continued in print through 2019.

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PUBLICATION DATA
The publisher did not provide net paid circulation data to NW Ayer or Gale Research.

CONTENT COMPLETENESS
All images are complete through 1995. We apologize for the less than ideal quality of many images.

Feb 1978
Feb 1978 Vol 1 No 1
March 1978
Mar 1978 Vol 1 No 2
Apr 1978
Apr 1978 Vol 1 No 3
May 1978
May 1978 Vol 1 No 4
Jun June 1978
June 1978 Vol 1 No 4
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July 1978
July 1978 Vol 1 No 6
Numbering corrected
Aug 1978
Aug 1978 Vol 1 No 7
Sept 1978
Sept 1978 Vol 1 No 8
October November 1978
Oct/Nov 1978 Vol 1 No 9
Dec 1978
Dec 1978 Vol 1 No 10
Jan 1979
Jan 1979 Vol 1 No 11
Feb 1979
Feb 1979 Vol 2 No 1
Mar 1979
Mar 1979 Vol 2 No 2
Apr 1979
Apr 1979 Vol 2 No 3
May 1979
May 1979 Vol 2 No 4
June 1979
June 1979 Vol 2 No 5
July 1979
July 1979 Vol 2 No 6
Aug 1979
Aug 1979 Vol 2 No 7
Sept 1979
Sept 1979 Vol 2 No 8
Oct 1979
Oct 1979 Vol 2 No 9
Nov 1979
Nov 1979 Vol 2 No 10
Dec 1979
Dec 1979 Vol 2 No 11
Jan 1980
Jan 1980 Vol 2 No 12
Feb 1980
Feb 1980 Vol 3 No 1
Mar 1980
Mar 1980 Vol 3 No 2
Apr 1980
Apr 1980 Vol 3 No 3
May 1980
May 1980 Vol 3 No 4
June 1980
June 1980 Vol 3 No 5
July 1980
July 1980 Vol 3 No 6
Aug 1980
Aug 1980 Vol 3 No 7
Sept 1980
Sept 1980 Vol 3 No 8
Oct 1980
Oct 1980 Vol 3 No 9
Nov 1980
Nov 1980 Vol 3 No 10
Dec 1980
Dec 1980 Vol 3 No 11
Jan 1981
Jan 1981 Vol 3 No 12
Feb 1981
Feb 1981 Vol 4 No 1
Mar 1981
Mar 1981 Vol 4 No 2
Apr 1981
Apr 1981 Vol 4 No 3
May 1981
May 1981 Vol 4 No 4
June 1981
June 1981 Vol 4 No 5
July 1981
July 1981 Vol 4 No 6
Aug 1981
Aug 1981 Vol 4 No 7
Sept 1981
Sept 1981 Vol 4 No 8
Oct 1981
Oct 1981 Vol 4 No 9
Nov 1981
Nov 1981 Vol 4 No 10
Dec 1981
Dec 1981 Vol 4 No 11
Jan 1982
Jan 1982 Vol 4 No 12
Feb 1982
Feb 1982 Vol 5 No 1
Mar 1982
Mar 1982 Vol 5 No 2
Apr 1982
Apr 1982 Vol 5 No 3
May 1982
May 1982 Vol 5 No 4
June 1982
June 1982 Vol 5 No 5
July 1982
July 1982 Vol 5 No 6
Aug 1982
Aug 1982 Vol 5 No 7
Sept 1982
Sept 1982 Vol 5 No 8
Oct 1982
Oct 1982 Vol 5 No 9
Nov 1982
Nov 1982 Vol 5 No 10
Dec 1982
Dec 1982 Vol 5 No 11
Jan 1983
Jan 1983 Vol 5 No 12
Feb 1983
Feb 1983 Vol 6 No 1
Mar 1983
Mar 1983 Vol 6 No 2
Apr 1983
Apr 1983 Vol 6 No 3
May 1983
May 1983 Vol 6 No 4
June 1983
June 1983 Vol 6 No 5
July 1983
July 1983 Vol 6 No 6
Aug 1983
Aug 1983 Vol 6 No 7
Sept 1983
Sept 1983 Vol 6 No 8
Oct 1983
Oct 1983 Vol 6 No 9
Nov 1983
Nov 1983 Vol 6 No 10
Dec 1983
Dec 1983 Vol 6 No 11
Jan 1984
Jan 1984 Vol 6 No 12
Feb 1984
Feb 1984 Vol 7 No 1
Mar 1984
Mar 1984 Vol 7 No 2
Apr/May 1984
Apr/May 1984 Vol 7 No 3
June 1984
June 1984 Vol 7 No 4
July 1984
July 1984 Vol 7 No 5
Aug 1984
Aug 1984 Vol 7 No 6
Sept 1984
Sept 1984 Vol 7 No 7
Oct 1984
Oct 1984 Vol 7 No 8
Nov 1984
Nov 1984 Vol 7 No 9
Dec 1984
Dec 1984 Vol 7 No 10
1985 to 1991