The 2013 Ford Mustang GT Coupe

Happy 48th Birthday to the Ford Mustang

On April 17th 1964, Ford Motor Company introduced a small, affordable sports car at the World’s Fair in New York that would revolutionize the American auto industry and an incredible 48 years later, the Ford Mustang has become the longest running and possibly the most well known American car in the history of the industry.

Today, the Ford Mustang officially turns 48 years old. The mighty Mustang debuted on April 17th 1964 at the World’s Fair and that same day, the Mustang was introduced in showrooms around the country. Billed as the everyman’s sports car, the Mustang was named after the P51 Mustang fighter jet and was offered as a coupe or convertible in the first year with the chassis based on the compact Ford Falcon. Ford expected that the Mustang would be successful with first year sales around 100,000 units but they had no idea just how successful it would be – with a whopping 22,000 Mustang sold on the first day of sales en route to selling 418,000 Mustangs in the first year.

Since then, the Ford Mustang has lasted through thick and thin – with some questionable years for a performance car during the fuel crunch of the 1970s – but in the end, the Mustang is the longest-running car in American history. Before any General Motors fans chime in that the Corvette has been around since 1953, let’s keep in mind that production skipped a year in 1983 where the Mustang has been in production for every model year since being introduced. Considering the impressive nature of a car turning 48 years old, we thought that it would be fitting to take a look at today’s Mustang compared to the 1964 Mustang that debuted on this day 48 years ago.

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I hope they stick with the body style they have now. This is why Mustang is where it is today. If they make the 370Z body...it will not be a Mustang. I feel like it will be a Big mistake if they do.!! Just my 2 cents....Thanks, Randy...N.C.
It's obvious to everyone in the know that Ford is the real leader of American cars right now, that they are evolving quicker than other automakers, and that the US market isn't of the importance it used to be. This is a design meant to appeal to a vastly broader global market, even if it is at the expense of the US retro-fans (who only make up about 8,000 cars/month sales of Ford or GM anyway). Hopefully, they suceed, as new designs are always a gamble.
It's obvious to everyone in the know that Ford is the real leader of American cars right now, that they are evolving quicker than other automakers, and that the US market isn't of the importance it used to be. This is a design meant to appeal to a vastly broader global market, even if it is at the expense of the US retro-fans (who only make up about 8,000 cars/month sales of Ford or GM anyway).

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