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2005-2014 Mustang Window Louvers: Classic Muscle Car Styling

Written By: Brian Matthias

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With the deep rooted retro styling of the 2005-2014 Mustangs, finishing off the classic muscle car styling isn't far away. With the right exterior styling and body parts, your Mustang can be a modern mirror or the iconic pony cars of the 60's and 70's.

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For those looking to bring the classic styling cues from the Mustangs of the 60s and 70s to their modern muscle car, a set of rear window louvers is a must. For a further throwback, toss on a set of quarter windows louvers as well.

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How to Style Your 2005-2014 Mustang like a Classic Muscle Car

  • Rear window louvers come in either Black Aluminum or Black ABS Plastic
  • Aluminum- Smooth, metallic finish that gives show car quality
  • Plastic- Same look as aluminum with a textured finish and lower cost
  • Rear window louvers can be painted to match your car’s color scheme
  • Additionally, quarter window louvers work well with rear window louvers to create an authentic, classic muscle car

Large engine, bright colors, loud exhaust and rear window louvers are what come to mind when I picture a classic muscle car. Muscle cars in the 60's and 70's can be seen sporting black rear window louvers. The 2005 Mustang’s design was influenced by the Pony Cars of the past. To get this aggressive and unique retro muscle car styling for your 2005-2014 S197 Mustang, there are a few options. 

1969 Mach1 Mustang with Louvers

What are Mustang rear window louvers made from?

For your 2005-2014 Mustang, there are two main choices based on their material. 2005-2014 Mustang window louvers are available in a Black Aluminum or a Black ABS Plastic. Mustangs of all years have been seen powering through turns with the timeless aluminum louvers. The aluminum louvers have a more rigid and unforgettable appearance. The ABS Plastic is a bit lighter and will be less prone to dents and scratches than the aluminum alternative. 

Mustang with Aluminum Rear Window Louvers
Aluminum Rear Window Louvers

Do rear window louvers affect visibility?

Rear window louvers only hinder your visibility slightly; there is no need to worry. You will still have a safe view out the rear of your Mustang.

1999-2004 Mustang with Rear Window ABS Louvers

Which is better, the aluminum or plastic rear window louvers? 

  • Aluminum - Provides a smooth, metallic finish and gives you show car quality.
  • Plastic - Offers the same look as aluminum with a textured finish for a lower cost. 
Mustang with Aluminum Louvers
Aluminum Louvers

2005-2014 Mustang Window Louvers: Fit and Installation

These louvers are specifically designed to fit the rear windows of the 2005-2014 Mustangs. Louvers are available in one or two pieces, both being fairly easy to install. With a two-piece louver, removal is made easier for faster cleaning. To clean your rear window, simply remove the four bolts and lift your louvers off, giving you easy access to clean your pony’s glass. During installation, you need to allow the brackets to set for 24 hours to avoid any issues when you get your pony up to speed. With four or more mounting plates, you can be assured the louvers will stay in place. 

Mustang with Rear Window Aluminum Louvers

Can Mustang rear window louvers be painted?

Another great benefit of window louvers is that they are paintable. A local body shop should be able to color match the louvers to your car, helping you to carry out your paint scheme all around the car. For some, the matte black finish helps keep that classic look and will continue the stealthy “blacked out” look. It’s best to avoid aggressive car washes after installation to prevent damage to your new rear window louvers.

Unpainted Louvers on a Mustang
ABS Plastic Rear Window Louvers

What mods go well with rear window louvers?

Rear window louvers help your car stand out from the rest of the herd by showing off some extra muscle car styling. Quarter window louvers offer a great complement to rear window louvers. Also a feature found on Mustangs of the 60’s and 70’s, quarter window louvers give a unique styling to grab the attention of onlookers. AmericanMuscle offers pre-painted window louvers and scoops with that old-school styling, such as the MMD Mustang Quarter Window Louvers and MMD Classic Quarter Window Louvers. 

Rear window louvers can really change the look of your Mustang. This reasonably priced modification is not permanent, but once you see the them on your pony, you will be quite impressed. Louvers are a great, quick upgrade to help your Mustang stand out.

Mustang Eleanor Style Rear Quarter Window Louver - Unpainted