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THE MUSTANG: A CLASSIC AMERICAN CAR
In the long history of the automobile, there have been
many types of cars that have sparked the imagination of
the public. These cars have been sporty looking, fun
to drive and owning the car makes other people jealous. Cars
such as the Firebird, Ferrari and the Camaro have long
been considered some of the finest cars in the automotive
world. Joining this list, and perhaps topping this
list, is one of the best known brands in the automotive
industry – the Ford Mustang.
2. HISTORY OF
In the early 1960’s the Ford Motor Company was
looking for a small, sporty car to compete in the
marketplace. Through development, they came up with a
four seat auto that was fun to drive, easy handling and
lots of horsepower. The only problem is that they
could not settle on a name. After much discussion,
the executives at Ford ran some potential names by focus
groups, and the name that evoked the best response was a
name paying tribute to a World War II fighter plane –
the P-51 Mustang!
The Mustang went into production in 1964, and quickly
became one of the most popular cars of all time. The
early 1964 1/2 Mustang ended production on October 31st,
1964 when the 1965 model year was introduced. The
stylish looks and sporty handling made the Mustang a hot
commodity. In fact, the Mustang became the Ford Motor
Company’s most popular car, with all time sales only
below the mass produced Model T.
THROUGH THE YEARS:
The Mustang has been a mainstay in the Ford lineup for
over forty years. However, the designers at Ford have
periodically changed the design to meet the changing needs
of the population. The Ford Mustang has gone through
five different generations of design: first
generation from 1964 to 1973, the second generation
Mustang from 1974 to 1978, a third generation from
1979 to 1993, the fourth generation car went from
1994 to 2004,
and the most recent fifth version from 2005 to the
the past forty years Mustang has changed the exterior,
interior and parts to keep up with the latest in
technology and design. See Section 6 below for
another breakdown of the Mustang build generations.
Because of the sporty design, the Mustang has been a
natural for racing. Ford has produced Mustangs that
have participated in drag racing as well as sports car
racing. The Mustang has become one of the leaders in
road racing will many championships to its credit. And,
in recent years the Ford Mustang has also branched out
into the NASCAR Nationwide Stock Car Series.
The Ford Mustang has been one of the biggest selling
cars and has been the dream car of many people. The
combination of style, sporty looks, smooth handling and
quick acceleration has left its mark on the auto industry. Since
1964, the Mustang has been one of the most popular brands
of cars and it continues to be a top seller today.
6. MUSTANG THROUGH
THE YEARS [as recognized by Edmunds.com]:
supplied by "Edmunds.Com Incorporated" is a breakdown
containing ten  Generations as opposed to the 5
generations we normally refer to when discussing the history of
the Mustang. For more information, click on the "INFO"
button below to review the Edmunds website information on their documented
history breakdown of the Mustang year by year. Contact
Automotive Editor John DiPietro at Edmonds for more information.
Edmunds.com Incorporated Website
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