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Do you know your Mustang Facts?


Do you know your Mustang Facts?

Ford let the Mustang out of the stable in 1964!

Do you know your Mustang Facts? Did you know within the first 18 months of sales, over 1 Million cars were sold! That’s A LOT! On the first day of its release, more than 22,000 Mustangs were sold. In the first year, 418,810 Mustangs were sold, and more than one million were on the road within the Mustang’s first two years — which is still the fastest time for any new nameplate to reach that sales volume. In its early days, the Mustang was sold just as fast as Ford could build them.  fact, the fever for Mustangs was so intense that there’s a legend floating around of one Texas driver who slept in his new Mustang at the dealership overnight while his check cleared just to be sure the car wouldn’t be sold out from underneath him. By 1965, the Mustang was the most popular car in America. By 1966, nearly 2.5 million Mustangs were produced, and the Mustang moved Ford into the biggest selling domestic line in America, ahead of Chevrolet. Original sales forecasts expected the Mustang to sell less than 100,000 units in its first year, a benchmark that the model blew past at only three months old. The Mustang was so popular that even thousands of children wanted to get to drive one: in the Christmas season following the Mustang’s debut, 94,000 pedal powered toy Mustangs were sold. The Mustang remained incredibly popular for decades, with six figure sales from 1964 to 1990.


The first Mustang, a convertible model with the VIN 5F08F100001, was intended to be used as a model to be sent on a tour of dealerships. But in Newfoundland, the vehicle was accidentally sold to a customer. That customer was an airline pilot who kept it and drove it for about 10,000 miles before trading it back to Ford for an equally auspicious numbered Mustang: Mustang number 1,000,001. Fortunately, Ford was able to preserve the first Mustang after the customer returned it, and the vehicle is on display at the Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan.

The Mustang was almost called a Cougar.

The car that created the pony class was almost named after a cat. Early sketches show the Mustang model named as a Cougar, and there were a number of badges and emblems designed with the name as late as 1963. In fact, the cougar silhouette looks similar to the mustang horse emblem that Mustangs have. Other names that were considered include the Torino, Bronco, Puma, Colt, Thunderbird II, and Panther. But thanks to intense market research, Ford settled on the Mustang, and the rest is history. Of course, Ford later debuted the Mercury Cougar, so the name wasn’t entirely lost — just misplaced for a while. Many say the Mustang name came from the World War II fighter plane with the same name, others maintain that it’s named after the half wild American Mustang horse.

An all American car, the two most popular Mustang colors throughout history have been red and blue.

For more than 50 years, red and blue have been the color preference of Ford Mustang owners. In all time overall color popularity, red comes in first with 21% and blue is a close second at 17%. Silver is not far behind at 14%, and white garners 13% of Mustang colors. Blue was particularly popular when the Mustang was introduced, while white took over in the mid to late 70s. By the 80s and 90s, red was established as a clear winner for Mustang colors. In fact, about one in five of all Mustangs built have been painted a shade of red. Now, black has become the most popular color in late generation mustangs.


Ford considered making a station wagon version of the Mustang.

Let’s not forget that the sporty Mustang was marketed not just to young hot rodders, but young adults with families, too. At one point, Ford considered offering a family car that could haul more than groceries with the Mustang Aspen station wagon. In fact, Ford is rumored to have created two Mustang Aspen station wagons in 1966, but if they exist, few if any people have seen them in the light of day. Still, a handful of custom Mustang station model builds exist, and even a yacht builder planned to build a custom sport wagon based on the Ford Shelby GT500.

The most expensive Mustang sold at auction went for more than $1 million. WOW!!!

n iconic vehicle, rare and notable Mustangs often command top bids at public auctions. In May 2013, a 1967 Shelby GT500 Super Snake sold for $1.3 million. The vehicle is incredibly rare: only one initial test car was built, and this one is it, making it an incredibly rare and sought after Mustang. There is one other Mustang that’s believed to be worth more: a 1968 Shelby EXP 500 Green Hornet with a number of notable experimental upgrades. The last time it was up for auction, it reached a top bid of $1.8 million in a January 2013 auction — but that still wasn’t enough to meet the reserve price. The vehicle remains with its original owner until a suitable offer can be found. Several other Mustangs have reached sales prices between $500,000 and $1 million, making this model incredibly valuable at auction.



– The Mustang I Prototype was debuted on October. 7,1962 at the Watkins Glen racetrack in New York
– Ford introduced the Mustang II prototype at Watkins glen on the weekend of October. 6,1963
– The Mustang was premiered on April. 17, 1964 at New York’s World Fair
– 22,000 Mustangs were sold within the first day of its release.
– Within 2 years, over one million Mustangs were sold
– The first Mustang off the assembly line was sold (by mistake) to an airplane pilot.
– By December. 31, 1964, Ford had sold 263,434 cars.
– When the one year anniversary of the Mustang rolled around, Ford had already sold 418,810 Mustangs.
– Independant Rear Suspension was actually considered for performance versions of the Mustang way back in the 60s.
– There was no 2002 edition of the Mustang Cobra.
– The 1964.5 Mustangs were not really 1964.5 models. They were considered to actually be EARLY 1965’s. So, the first digit of the VIN number (last digit of the model year) was 5, not 4.
– The first Mustang’s VIN Number was 5F08F100001.
– The Fastback Mustang debuted on October. 1, 1964.
– Phil Clark is the original designer of the galloping horse logo.
– John Najjar, the original designer of the Mustang I Prototype (drawings) supposedly named his design after the P-51 Mustang airplane, but Lee Iacocca has stated a few times that it was directly named after the horse itself, not the airplane.
– Mustang production began on March. 9, 1964.
– The one-millionth Mustang was produced on February. 23, 1966.
– The popular movie (among Mustang enthusiasts), ‘Bullitt’, premiered on October. 17, 1968.
– Apparently, Lee Iacocca wanted the switch-over to the Mustang II to occur in 1968, but Ford’s President Bunkie Knudsen preferred the larger Mustangs. When Bunkie Knudsen left in `69, Lee Iacocca got to work on the Mustang II.
– Even though most people say that the first Mustang to roll off the assembly line was a White Convertible, Lee Iacocca says that the first Mustang was a hardtop.
– The 1974 Mustang II sold 3 times the amount of Mustangs that were sold in 1973.
– The first 1993 Mustang Cobra was built on December. 17, 1992.
– In the late 80s, Ford was considering moving the Mustang over to front-wheel drive. Thankfully, the loyal Mustang fans kept Ford from doing so. The Probe was the replacement that Ford produced.

-The 1994 Ford Mustang, which introduced the 4th generation Mustangs, was dramatically restyled to awaken its pony car heritage. The hatchback variant was dropped, leaving only a two door coupe and convertible. The SVT Cobra was carried over from the previous year and launched with a 240 horsepower 5.0 liter V8.

-1995 was the final model year for the 5.0 liter V8, which began life as the 260cid and later 289 cid engine. The second bare bones SVT Cobra R was introduced with a 300 horsepower 5.8 liter V8 and five speed manual transmission.

-In 1996, for the first time the Mustang GTs and SVT Mustang Cobras were equipped with 4.6 liter Dual Overhead Cam (DOHC) V8, producing 305 horsepower in the Cobra.

-Ford’s Passive Anti Theft System became standard on all models in 1997.

-In 1998 the output of Mustang GT’s 4.6 liter V8 was increased to 225 horsepower.

-A redesigned Mustang debuted in 1999. It sported sharper lines, pronounced wheel arches plus new hood, grille, fascias and lamps. The SVT Mustang Cobra became the first Mustang with independent rear suspension. The 4.6 liter DOHC V8 produced 320 horsepower.

-In 2000 the third Mustang SVT Cobra R was introduced in a 300 unit run. It came with a 386 horsepower 5.4 liter DOHC V8 mated to the Mustang’s first ever six-speed transmission.

-Inspired by the 1968 movie, the first Mustang Bullitt GT model was offered in 2000 and 2001. It featured unique side scoops, 17-inch “Bullitt”-styled wheels and lowered and specially-tuned suspension.

-In 2002 production ended for two of Mustang’s closest competitors: Chevrolet Camaro and Pontiac Firebird.

-The Mach 1 returned in 2003 with a 305 horsepower V8 under a signature ram air “Shaker” hood scoop. The newly redesigned SVT Cobra produced 390 supercharged horsepower.

-In 2004 Ford produced its 300 millionth car, a Mustang GT convertible 40th anniversary edition. The 2004 models were the last cars built at Ford’s fabled Dearborn Assembly Plant which had been building Mustangs since the car’s introduction in 1964.

-In 2005 production of the all new Mustang moved to the Flat Rock, Michigan Plant. The Mustang’s V6 engine was increased to 4.0 liters and the V8 increased to 300 horsepower.

-The V6 “Pony Package” debuted in 2006. GT models got 18″ wheels, and owners could configure instrument panel lighting in 125 different colors, using Ford’s MyColor instrument panel.

-In 2007 Ford introduced a special “Warriors in Pink” Mustang, designed to help raise funds for Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure breast cancer research. The vehicle lineup also included the Mustang Shelby GT and the Shelby GT500KR. The second limited-edition Mustang Bullitt was introduced in November.

-The 9 millionth Mustang, a GT convertible, was built in 2008 and sold to an Iowa farmer.

-The 2009 Ford Mustang featured a glass roof option and special 45th anniversary badging.

-The 2010 Mustang was introduced in November at the Los Angeles Auto Show. It cleverly combines modern technology with Mustang heritage and a V8 with even more horsepower and even throatier signature Mustang exhaust sound. It will be available at Ford dealerships later this spring.

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