On this day 53 years ago…

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On April 18, 1964, the iconic Ford Mustang was unveiled by Henry Ford II at the World’s Fair in New York.

Named after an Wild West prairie horse and a famous World War II fighter plane, the Mustang was the first affordable performance-oriented sporty car.

The sports car with the emblematic pony has broad appeal and has been beloved by many  generations since its introduction.

Ford sold more than 400,000 Mustangs within its first year of production, a number that far exceeded sales expectations for a new model.

Since launch Ford Mustang has been a part of American history for more than half a century, having sold more than nine million Mustangs to date.

The Mustang has always been a good looking car, and those looks and legendary performance have propelled it to star status.

The Mustang received star treatment in Bullitt, featured on the action thriller movie’s poster right along with Steve McQueen.

Ford loaned two Mustang GT fastbacks to Warner Brothers as part of a promotional agreement for the film, and in late 1977 McQueen unsuccessfully attempted to buy one of them, which was originally sold to a Warner Brothers employee.

It’s rumored to be kept in a barn by an unknown owner. In 2008, Ford released the Mustang Bullitt model in honor of the film’s 40th anniversary.

The Mustang has also starred in movies including James Bond films such as Goldfinger and Diamonds are Forever.

And in the original Gone in 60 Seconds, the Ford Mustang received star billing, which  was revived as a 1967 Mustang fastback in the 2000 remake of Gone in 60 Seconds with Nicolas Cage.

All told, the Ford Mustang has appeared in more than 3,000 different movies and TV shows.

 

Jay Fernandes
Master’s Degree G. Ph. from the University of Lisbon. Academic and teacher. Television , radio and press reporter / commentator

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