Ford Motor Company held a special event this morning which started at their headquarters in Dearborn, with examples of the Ford Mustang from every model year being displayed by private owners. The very first Ford Mustang was on hand, along with original Bullitt Mustang and examples of every other iteration of the famed pony car from the past 55 years with a total of 60+ cars on display.
Those cars and owners all came together to celebrate a particular 2019 Ford Mustang GT. This car is a Wimbledon White convertible with the 460-horsepower V8 and a 6-speed manual transmission, designed to pay homage to the very first Mustang built and sold back in 1964. This white 2019 Mustang is special because it is the 10,000,000th Mustang ever built.
After assembling at the headquarters, all of these pony cars lined up and cruised to the Flat Rock facility to celebrate the ten millionth Mustang at the place that has built the car for the past few generations.
“Mustang is the heart and soul of this company and a favorite around the world,” said Jim Farley, president of global markets, Ford Motor Company. “I get the same thrill seeing a Mustang roll down a street in Detroit, London or Beijing that I felt when I bought my first car – a 1966 Mustang coupe that I drove across the country as a teenager. Mustang is a smile-maker in any language.”
In addition to sponsoring this event with owners of Ford Mustangs cruising from Dearborn to Flat Rock, the Motor Company has offered up an interesting timeline of unique dates in the history of the Mustang.
1964 – The Ford Mustang is introduced at the New York World’s Fair
1965 - Shelby GT350 introduced; Mustang 2+2 with full fastback roof debuts
1968 - Mustang 390 GT stars with Steve McQueen in “Bullitt”; 428 Cobra Jet engine debuts
1969 - High-performance Boss 302 and Boss 429 introduced
1970 - Ram-Air “Shaker” hood offered
1974 - Mustang II debuts amid gas crisis; no V8 engine offered
1976 - Cobra II joins the lineup
1979 - Euro-styled “Fox” platform Mustang debuts
1982 - Mustang GT returns after 12-year absence
1984 - Mustang SVO debuts
1993 - Limited production SVT Mustang Cobra debuts
2000 - SVT Mustang Cobra "R" race version returns
2001 - Debut of Mustang Bullitt limited-edition salute to movie car
2003 - Mustang Mach 1 model returns with Ram-Air “Shaker” hood scoop
2004 - Dearborn Assembly Plant ends 40 years of Mustang production moves to Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Flat Rock, Michigan
2007 - California Special edition returns
2008 - Iconic Bullitt Mustang returns
2011 - All-new 412-horsepower 5.0-liter V8 Mustang GT debuts
2012 - First Boss 302 since 1971 returns with 444 horsepower V8
2015 - All-new sixth generation Mustang, first with independent rear suspension and Shelby GT350 / GT350R with flat-plane crank 5.2-liter V8
2018 - Updated style, new 5.0-liter V8 engine with 460 horsepower and Performance Pack II
2019 - Limited-edition Mustang Bullitt with 480 horsepower
Oddly, this timeline doesn’t mention the 2003 arrival of the “Terminator” SVT Cobra or any of the modern Shelby GT500 models, but it hits the majority of the key dates in Mustang history.