The 50th Anniversary of the Ford Mustang
Break out the gold gifts, because our beloved Ford Mustang is about to celebrate its 50th anniversary! On April 17, 2014 the original pony car hits the big 5-0 and will be commemorating the occasion with a host of specially designed products such as watches, jackets, shirts, and even pinball machines. The celebratory merchandise will show off an all-new logo crafted by designer Michael Thompson featuring the Mustang’s trademark galloping pony in silhouette over the phrase “50 Years”. The anniversary celebration will kick off at the New York Auto Show, but the party will continue to rock on all year!
A Glimpse of the Past
The Ford Mustang, a.k.a. the original pony car, made its debut at the 1964 World’s Fair and sold over 22,000 models the day it released. A product of a vision by then Division Vice President and General Manager Lee Iacocca for a sporty car that would seat four people, weigh less than 2,500 lbs, have a length of less than 180 in., and be available for the everyday driver at just $2,500, the first models of the Mustang were originally fitted with components of the Ford Falcon and Fairlane.
The Mustang cruised in with its long hood and short rear deck, and was available as a coupe, convertible, and a fastback. Advertised as a “car to be designed by you”, the Mustang featured wall-to-wall carpeting and a full headliner, and drivers could opt for front bucket seats or a front bench seat, as well as their choice of powertrains such as a V6 pushing 101 hp and two V8 choices of 164 hp or 210 hp.
A Look at the Future
The future is already upon us, as the 2014 Mustang is already on sale here at River View Ford! Still true to it’s ideal of being “designed by you”, the 2014 Mustang offers many customization options, and still holds to the vision of Lee Iacocca by being a sporty yet affordable car. Available in 10 different models, with its most refined ride revving a V8 that cranks a downright intimidating 662 hp, the 2014 Mustang is truly a legendary icon.
Test Drive a Ford Mustang
There is no feeling like climbing behind the wheel of a legend and revving some serious horsepower! Celebrate the anniversary a little early and visit River View Ford for a test “cruise” of America’s first and favorite pony car, the iconic Ford Mustang.