History of the Ford Mustang
– By Pioneer Auto Museum
The Ford Mustang has a long standing tradition of being the muscle car of all muscle cars and has been eye candy for car lovers everywhere for years. But the Ford Mustang is much more than an attractive automobile; the Ford Mustang history is a unique and interesting one and is a story that continues to grow every day.
The original production Ford Mustang was shown to the public for the first time on April 17, 1964 inside the Ford Pavilion at the New York World’s Fair. The idea for the Mustang came from the second generation North American Ford Falcon, which was a compact car, so the first Ford Mustang was a two seater concept car, which has since evolved into the four-seater we see today in modern models. The most successful Ford Mustang in history is the 1965 model, which was also Ford’s most successful launch of a car since the Model A. The Ford Mustang is now in its sixth generation of cars.
The Ford Mustang created the “pony car” class of American automobiles, which are characteristic by their long hoods and short rear decks. The Ford Mustang history gave way to others to enter the market, such as the Chevrolet Camaro, Pontiac Firebird, and Dodge Challenger.
The name for the Ford Mustang is said to have come from executive stylist John Najjar, who was a big fan of the World War II P-51 Mustang fighter planes. The first generation Ford Mustang, the T-5 prototype, was developed in a record 18 months and was a two-seater that held a German Ford Taunus V4 engine. The first generation Mustang sold for an advertised list price of $2,368.
Over the years and through generations, the Ford Mustang has received numerous awards, including the Tiffany Gold Medal to the 1965 Mustang for excellence in American design, which was the first car ever to do so. In addition, the Ford Mustang has been placed on the Car and Driver Ten Best list in 1983, 1987, 1988, 2005, 2006, 2011, and 2016. It has also won the Motor Trend Car of the Year in 1974 and 1994.
By February 2015, Ford Mustang history has risen through generations as the “pony car” and muscle car to have and has earned itself a 5-star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for front, side, and rollover crash protection. The 2018 model year Mustang is projected to be released in the third quarter of 2017 in North American and will be released globally in 2018.