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The History Behind The Iconic Ford Mustang

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Written by Elise

19th July 2019

The History Behind The Iconic Ford Mustang
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The History Behind The Iconic Ford Mustang

The Ford Mustang is an American car manufactured by the legendary Henry Ford. Mustangs hit the production line at the Ford factory in 1964, although were sold as the 1965 model. The driving force behind the idea for the car was the assistant GM of Ford Motorcars at the time, Lee Lacocca. His first vision of the Mustang was a concept car back in 1962, and a far cry from the Mustangs that hit the production line a few years later.

1962 Ford Mustang Concept

The Ford Mustang concept cars were originally two-seaters, but after years of tweaking and six concept cars later, we discovered what was known at the time as the 1964 1/2 Ford Mustang, which got its name due after going into production in the 2nd half of 1964 even though it was being sold as the 1965 model. 1965 Mustangs at the time could be purchased for around $2,368!

1965 Ford production line

Following the launch, the original sales forecasts projected less than 100,000 units to be sold in the first year. This mark was surpassed within three months of the car being rolled out. Another 318,000 would be sold during the model year (a record), and in the first eighteen months of being rolled out Ford saw more than one million Mustangs come off the production line. It was more than anyone had ever dreamed.


In 1968, Ford’s Mustang hit the big screen in Hollywood, cementing its place in American car culture history. Bullitt was released on 17th October 1968, a Hollywood blockbuster starring the hero of the time, Steve Mcqueen. The film featured the 1968 Ford Mustang 390 GT 2+2 Fastback. The film was a critical and box-office smash, later winning the Academy Award for Best Film Editing.



Fast-forward to August 2018, and over 10 million Ford Mustangs have been produced in the US, making it one of the best selling cars of all time.


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