360 Friday Car History : The Ford Mustang
In this, the third week of many 360 friday car histories, we will be going over an american cultural icon, the Ford Mustang. We are always open to suggestions for upcoming posts so if you have any car models you would like to see featured, please let us know either by contact or by comment at the bottom of the page.
The Ford Mustang was initially based on the Ford Falcon. Production started in Dearborn Michigan in 1964, and the car was showned to the public at the New York World’s fair April 17 th 1964. The Mustang is Ford’s oldest nameplate which is still in production. This is Ford’s most successful lauch since the Model A.
It was executive stylist John Najjar, who suggested the name from a WW II fighter plane the P-51 Mustang.
The Mustang created the “pony car” class of American automobile — sports car-like coupes with long hoods and short rear decks and gave rise to competitors such as GM’s Camaro, AMC’s Javelin, and Chrysler’s revamped Barracuda. It also inspired coupés such as the Toyota Celica and Ford Capri, which were exported to America.
Through the years the Mustangs grew larger and heavier with each model until, in response to the 1971-1973 models, fans of the original 1964 design wrote to Ford urging a return to its size and concept.
Although some other pony cars have seen a revival, the Mustang is the only original pony car that has remained in production without interruption after four decades of development and revision.
First generation (1964–1973)
Second generation (1974–1978)
Third generation (1979–1993)
Fourth generation (1994–2004)
Fifth generation (2005–2009)
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