Ford’s Iconic Mustang Reaching The Half-Century Mark
The Mustang is about to join a very exclusive fraternity of vehicles; those in continuous production for 50 years. During the past 49 years, every one of the 9 million+ ponies produced has been built here in America. The vast majority were built near Ford’s headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan.
Countdown To 50
To mark this historic milestone, Ford has launched “Mustang Countdown,” a video series that spotlights the legendary sports car and the culture that has formed around it. The videos continue the celebration leading up to the Mustang’s 50th birthday on April 17, 2014.
The series kicks off with Where It All Started: The Mustang 1 Concept, turning the clock back to the 1962 debut of the first concept car to wear the pony badge. From there, other episodes lift the lid on Ford’s exhaustive archives, model toys, customs, and more. Each episode features rare footage, exclusive new interviews, and expert insight.
As with any half-century endeavor, there are many steps taken along the way, and Ford has captured 50 years of highlights on a wall-size, downloadable timeline poster. Key dates include:
Ford introduces the Mustang at the World’s Fair in Flushing Meadows, New York, on April 17, 1964. It’s named after the legendary P51 Mustang fighter plane from World War II. The price at launch: $2,368.
The 1973 model year (my favorite) is the last for the original Falcon-platform Mustang, and it’s also the last time a convertible version is offered for almost a full decade.
Returning to it’s classic pony-car profile, the all-new 2005 Ford Mustang begins production in late 2004.
The 9 millionth Mustang – a GT convertible – is sold to an Iowa farmer.
The best handling Mustang ever, the 2012 Boss 302 returns to the lineup for the first time in more than 40 years.
The 50th anniversary year will see Mustang production at Ford’s Flat Rock, Michigan assembly plant hit the one million mark.