Ford Celebrates 50 Years of Mustang

By | April 16, 2014

2015 Ford Mustang GT

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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2 Comments

Chad Waite on April 16, 2014 at 9:52 am.

There are very few cars I would even like to see stay around for 50 years, let alone cars that have actually done it. Luckily, the Mustang is on that list. This new gen is amazing.

Chance Hales on April 16, 2014 at 9:56 am.

The new car certainly has a lot going for it. Majority seem to think it looks too much like a Fusion Coupe and don’t like but. But they haven’t seen the car in person yet. Everyone I’ve spoken with that has actually seen one in person loves it! Here’s to 50 more years!

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