Today is Global Mustang Day and Ford is celebrating the 57th birthday of the iconic Mustang.
Developed in record time on a small budget, Ford introduced the 1965 Mustang at the World’s Fair on April 17, 1964. Ford planned for 100,000 first-year sales, but dealers sold 22,000 on the first day. The Ford Mustang launched a whole new genre of automobiles, known as pony cars.
First Generation (1964 – 1974)
Launched April 17, 1964 in New York, it sold over a million units in its first 18 months, securing the Mustang’s place in history. Carroll Shelby raced the ’65 model as the GT350. This was the birth of the Muscle Car.
Second Generation (1974 – 1978)
This was known as the Mustang II. This model always sparks plenty of passionate debates and varying emotions amongst the muscle car community. Some have said it is everything that was bad about the Seventies in one car. We will leave that one there.
Third Generation (1979 – 1993)
Being built on Ford’s Fox platform, it is referred to as the Fox-body Mustang. It evolved through a number of sub-models, trim levels, and drivetrain combinations during its production long life.
Fourth Generation (1994 – 2004)
1994 mark the 30th anniversary of the Mustang. Seen as the “next-generation” model it was initially put to market as a sporty front-wheel-drive compact motor vehicle. This era would be unlike anything Ford had produced (up to that point in history) it was rumoured that they turned to Mazda for guidance and direction.
Fifth Generation (2004 – 2015)
As Ford put it, “The new platform is designed to make the Mustang faster, safer, more agile and better-looking than ever.” Not sure about the yellow.
Sixth Generation (2015 – Present)
The sixth-generation Ford Mustang (S550). Unlike previous Mustang models, the sixth generation Mustang includes fully independent rear suspension, as well as an optional 2.3L EcoBoost turbocharged engine. The new Mustang was introduced as a 2015 model year vehicle, marking the fiftieth anniversary of the Ford Mustang.
Mustang Mach-E (2021)
Could you imagine telling those 60/70s bad boys that their much-loved beast would eventually become an electric vehicle? 0-60 in under 5 seconds and as stunning as any Mustang ever made… we are in love.
Generation and Model Year Source: Ford Motor Company
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