For over 50 years, the Ford Mustang has been America’s favorite pony car. But from today’s perspective, the Mustang is no longer just a vehicle. It is a symbol of industry, a design statement and a cultural icon. But most of all, it is one of the bestselling American cars of all time. Since its introduction in April 1964, Ford has sold over 10 million copies spanning six generations.
Over the years, the Mustang endured numerous recessions, technology changes and difficult situations. However, it has always remained true to its original concept as a rear wheel, two-door coupe or convertible with dynamic styling and high-performance aspirations. There was a time in the mid-70s when those performance aspirations were just a marketing slogan. Yet the Mustang still managed to survive and returned with a vengeance.
Fortunately, the Mustang came back with more power, updated technology and a better design, reclaiming its top position on the car scene. So keep reading to learn 25 bits of the most important information from 55-year long Ford Mustang history. These key tidbits will help you understand this American automotive legend. Find out why this car is such an iconic model and why it means so much to so many Mustang enthusiasts all over the globe.
A Tiny Engine in the Beginning
Ford first used the Mustang name on a concept car in 1962. The Mustang I was a little two-seat roadster with a rear-mounted 1.7-liter V4 engine from Ford Europe. Also, it had a modern wedge-shaped body of aluminum. The original idea behind the concept was to develop a small sports car that could compete with those European imports like the Triumph TR3 or MG A. However, despite the favorable reaction from car enthusiasts, Ford decided to go the other way.