Happy 48th Birthday to the Ford Mustang
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.