The Ford Mustang was revealed to the public on April 17, 1964, at the World’s Fair in New York. Since then, it has become an American automotive icon and the dream car of many people around the world. Any car enthusiast would love to have a vintage or new Ford Mustang in their garage just waiting to be driven.
After the truncated 1964 year of sales for the Mustang, in which they sold 126,538 vehicles, Ford sold 559,451 Mustangs in 1965. Two years of great sales caused Ford and others to notice the potential for the Mustang in racing circles. Texan Carroll Shelby, a longtime racer and race fan, took 100 Mustangs to Los Angeles and modified them to GT 350 models. He updated much of the car, and his series of modified Mustangs became highly sought after. These cars were built through 1970 and are, even today, considered to be some of the most desirable cars in the world.
Over the past 50 years, there have been several different generations and additions to the Mustang. All of these changes have helped make the car what it is today. From the beautiful muscle of the late 1960s through Mustang’s dark ages of the 1970s oil embargo and then back to glory again in the early 1980s, the Mustang has been through a lot as a model. It has always, though, been sought after and coveted by car enthusiasts. The modern Mustang has the same feel of the old muscle, but is equipped and on par with all other modern vehicles. It is a Mustang through and through, and anyone who has owned or driven a Mustang would never mistake it for anything else.
Mustang in America
The Ford Mustang is more than a car. It’s Freedom. It’s Muscle. It’s American. From the movie screen, where Steve McQueen was ridiculously cool in Bullitt,to the drag races on drag-strips and roads across the country, the Ford Mustang has been part of America’s identity for half a century.
There are few other cars in the history of the world that are as iconic and interesting as the Ford Mustang. If you talk with people around the country, you’ll have a hard time finding someone who doesn’t have a Mustang story to tell. Whether it’s wanting one, riding in one, driving one, or owning one.