Fifty years ago this week Ford started selling the 1965 Mustang which is often referred to as a 1964 1/2 by Mustang enthusiasts. When launched, Ford projected sales to fall in just under 100,000 units in its first year. They surpassed that projection within three months. Ford sold a total of 418,000 during its first model year and 18 months after it’s launch over a million had been sold making it the fastest selling car in history, a record that will likely never be broken. Little did Ford know what they had just started.
Here we are 50 years later and the Mustang is still alive and kicking. It is the only pony car to have survived with uninterrupted production. Not even Chevy’s Camaro can claim that feat since it went on an 8 year hiatus in 2002. Very few cars have survived 50 years. That list includes cars like the 911, Corvette, and the original Beetle and Mini Coopers. Quite a feat.
To celebrate this great accomplishment, Ford is hosting week long Anniversary parties in Las Vegas and Charlotte Motor Speedways. The events will include car shows, cruises, swap meets, and even sticking a 2015 Mustang on the roof of the Empire State Building. Many Mustang clubs from the east are driving across America to Vegas to celebrate while clubs from the west are doing the same only ending in Charlotte. The main events at said venues will officially run from April 16th-20th but expect to see club activities running throughout the month.
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