Probably one of the most notorious vehicles ever produced by Ford, the Ford Mustang is the inspiration for the “pony car” class of American automobiles, and one of Ford’s most successful lines of vehicles. The Ford Mustang is an American Icon as people all over the world dream of driving one. Here is the history of the Pony Car Legend.
The Ford Mustang was introduced into the world in early 1964, some dubbing it a 1964 and a 1/2 model. The design was initially based of the successful Ford Falcon compact car and was introduced at the New York World’s Fair. The Mustang started out as a prototype vehicles called the T-5 project, which was a 2 seat, mid mounted engine roadster. This was quickly abandoned due to recent experiences with the 2 seat 1955 Thunderbird. Finally it was set as a four seater car with bucket seats and a low production cost. To achieve this production cost much of the first mustang was borrow form other Ford cars mostly the Ford Falcon. Original Sales were projected at 100,000 units for the first year, the Mustang galloped past that within the first 3 months. Another 318,000 would be sold during the first year, and in the first 18 months more than 1 million Mustangs were built.
The 1964 and a half models were only available in two models. the coupe and the convertible. Both models carried many of the same attributes including much chrome to the bumpers and grill, a lengthened hood and a shortened rear deck. Both versions also were available with a choice of 170 Cu. In. (101 HP) V6, a 260 Cu. In. (164 HP) V8, a 289 Cu. In. (210 HP) V8 and a 271 HP 289 Cu. In. V8. Options of either a 3 speed, 4 speed, or Automatic transmission were also available. In only the half year that the 1964 Mustang was produced it sold 121,538 units, and 22,000 of them on the first day.
This is only the VERY beginning of the Pony Car Legend. Stay tuned as we get in to the next part, that may very well include a man known very well for making the Mustang a racing car.