50 Years of Ford Mustang: 8 Snapshots of the History Behind the Icon

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For the Ford (NYSE:F) Mustang, this year is a very special year: it is celebrating its 50th birthday, a milestone that very few cars ever get to celebrate. To commemorate the event, Ford has issued a special 50th anniversary edition model, equipped with the 5.0 liter V8 (naturally), is optioned to the brim, and features special commemorative badges and etchings to mark the occasion.

“The new Mustang blends a muscular, contemporary shape with design cues that define it as quintessentially Mustang,” said Moray Callum, Ford’s vice president of design. “The 50 Year Limited Edition adds details that set it apart from other Mustangs, while hearkening back to the 1965 original.”

The new car inspired us to look back at the Mustang’s extensive history, when the original 1964 model first made a splash at the Ford Pavilion at the New York World’s Fair. Since then, it’s following has only grown tremendously, and it remains one of America’s most popular performance cars to date.

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