To say that Ford Mustang is a popular car would be an understatement. With over 10 million examples sold since 1964, Ford’s best-seller is by far the most popular pony/muscle car ever. But numbers don’t paint the whole picture. For the last six decades, the Mustang has starred in hundreds of movies and music videos, making it universally recognizable all over the globe. In fact, the Mustang has long stopped being ‘just’ a car. It is now a widely accepted cultural object, and many innovative Mustangs rank among the greatest vehicles Ford has ever built.
Being in constant production for almost 60 years, the Mustang has seen its ups and downs, recessions, and market changes, but has remained on the scene. In fact, with the Chevrolet Camaro going extinct in 2024 and Dodge Charger getting killed off in 2023, the Mustang will be the only muscle car left on the planet. So let’s look back at how the Mustang stayed relevant all those years and why the new seventh generation is so important. Most of all, let’s remember all the wild horses that created this legend through the decades.
Ford Mustang 1964 ½ (1964)
The first Mustang was so successful that it started a new class of cars – pony cars. It also entered the history books as one of the best first-year sales of all time. Over the years, Mustang became an automotive symbol of America and one of its finest and most respected vehicles worldwide.
So what’s the secret of the Mustang’s appeal? For most drivers, it’s the mix of a good amount of performance with that V8 rumble, a touch of luxury and good looks, and an affordable package with a long list of options. Of course, don’t forget the image and the legend, which were integral to the Mustang’s appeal from day one (via Classic Mustang).