How the Mustang Evolved in the Last 50 Years

First, fifth and sixth generation Mustangs 1 photo
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Yesterday, the original pony car turned 50 years old since it was first unveiled at the 1964 New York World Fair. To celebrate this grand feat, the Blue Oval displayed 95 examples of the breed (including the all-new 2015 model) in front of the Unishpere at Flushing Meadows Park in Queens, NYC.
“Standing where my grandfather, Henry Ford II, stood to reveal Mustang five decades ago is both humbling and inspiring – especially since we are launching the next 50 years of Mustang at Ford Motor Company,” said Ford Vice President Elena Ford. “Since then, Mustang has become the heart and soul of Ford Motor Company, and a symbol of my great-great-grandfather Henry Ford’s vision of putting the world on wheels.”

By the end of the day it was introduced back in 1964, more than 22,000 World Fair visitors ordered or purchased a first-gen Mustang. Who can blame them? It was and still is one of the greatest automobiles ever to be built in the United States. However, not all Mustangs have the right looks or performance figures. Ford itself kind of proves there were some pretty awful Mustang designs over the years with the celebratory video it released yesterday.

Following the timeline of America's original pony car, the video only shows '65, '67, '69, '05, '13 and '15 model year Mustangs. These account for the first, fifth and all-new sixth generation. So what happened to all the other models? To quote Sealab 2021’s Dr. Quinn, “Mistakes were made.”

These last few days, Ford celebrated 50 years of Mustang by putting one on the 86th floor of the Empire State Building, just like it did in 1965. The Blue Oval also launched a limited edition Mustang at the New York Auto Show and organized the largest multiday Mustang celebration in history.

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About the author: Mircea Panait
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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