Ford Mustang: 8 Snapshots of the History Behind the Icon
With the release of a new Mustang, Ford (NYSE:F) has entered another era for its staple performance car. The new Mustang bears the burden of needing to please a variety of international markets while retaining its DNA and protecting its legacy as a pureblooded American icon.
That’s a lot for anybody to handle, and like all other cars, the Mustang had its share of rough patches. We recently wrote up a similar history piece on the Chevrolet (NYSE:GM) Corvette, also an American legend of a car, and we thought it was only fair to highlight the new Mustang’s recent introduction.
The following are some snapshots of Mustangs past and present that lend some insight into understanding how Ford reached the point it’s at today.
1. 1964: In the beginning…
The first Mustang debuted in 1964 to great fanfare. It was introduced at the Ford Pavilion at the New York World’s Fair in April of that year, and by the end of the day it was rolling into retail showrooms. Engine choices were vast, with several options ranging from 101 horsepower to 271 horsepower, but it was the formula — the longer hood, the cabin nestled farther back on the chassis — and features like the tail lights and the badging that would instantly make the car an icon that immediately drew in the public.