August 6, 2013
The Mustang Is Turning 50
Brought to you in partnership with our friends at Top Speed.
On April 17, 2014, the Mustang brand from Ford will be turning 50 years old. Along with the up and coming celebrations Ford has planned for us Mustang enthusiasts, the next generation Mustang is expected to be unveiled on the day of its anniversary.
One of the events Ford has in store is a “Mustang Countdown.” This is an online video series revealing stories behind the Ford Mustang and how people around the world have been influenced by the popular sports car.
Videos included in the countdown are best selling Mustangs: Hot wheels – Ford Mustang, where it states Mattel has produced tens of millions of Mustang Hot Wheels over the years. Another video shows Mustang riding toys, with the third generation Barbie Mustang and, of course, it is pink. Also a video of the one millionth Mustang produced at the Flat Rock Assembly Plant. There is a video showing an online Mustang customizer, and one called History Haven, a look into the Mustang archives.
The video that kicks off the video series shows where it all began with the Mustang 1 concept. In 1962, it debuted as the first Mustang. It was a concept car that I have had the privilege to see in person many years ago at the Transportation Museum in Rockland, Maine.
The 2015 Mustang will be the sixth generation of this popular muscle car. It has been redesigned and is supposed to be available on the anniversary date.
Earlier this year, a video was released called “RC Movie Magic: Filming a Chase,” which is also part of the countdown. It was a behind the scenes look at the creation of a short film using two remote controlled Mustangs. The creator posted a YouTube video online and it received nearly 3 million views.
“Fans around the world share a passion for Mustang that embodies the freedom of the open road and the spirit of performance driving,” said Steve Ling, Ford car marketing manager. “The ‘Mustang Countdown’ series is another way in which Ford is honoring that heritage with numerous celebrations over the next year.”
Over the next year, more videos will be released featuring video games, Mustang’s competition heritage and more.
The Mustang made its debut for sale to the public in 1964 and has sold more than 9.2 million cars. It also has made more than 3,000 appearances in TV shows and movies. In 1968, a Mustang was featured in the movie Bullitt, 1974 and 2000 in Gone in 60 Seconds, 2007 in I Am Legend, 2011 in Drive, and in 2014 a modified Mustang will be featured as the hero car in Need for Speed, a movie based on the popular video game series.
As a previous Mustang owner and full-fledged enthusiast, it might seem a little biased, but I believe the Mustang has been the most popular American-made muscle car ever.