The Ford Mustang is one of the oldest and most iconic American cars. It has appeared over 3,000 times in movies and on television.
From Steve McQueen to James Bond, “Fast and the Furious,” “Transformers,” and “Gone in Sixty Seconds,” pop culture loves the car. If you’ve been around in the last 50 years, you’ve almost definitely seen one.
The Ford Mustang has been in the public eye for decades. Ford knew it was onto something big with the all-new “pony car.” The automaker had something that was fast, sporty, and could hold four passengers, all packed in behind a fast and sexy design.
The Mustang came out in 1964 and was an immediate hit, selling more than one million cars in the first 18 months.
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Let take a look at some Ford Mustang fun (fast) facts.
- According to the designer, John Najjar, the Mustang was originally named for a World War II American fighter plane, the P-51 Mustang.
- It’s one of very few cars that has been in production for over 50 years and has not missed a model year.
- The Mustang was only projected to sell 100,000 models in its first year but surpassed that in three months.
- The original Mustang was only a few seconds slower than the Formula One cars of the time when tested on the same course.
- In 1964, the Mustang served as a pace car for the Indy 500.
- The 1970 Mustang Boss 429 is one of the rarest (and beefiest) muscle cars ever built.
- Red and blue continue to be the most commonly sold colors of the Mustang.