Thursday, April 16, 2009

Happy Birthday Mustang!!!

This is the anniversary of Lucky's roots and enthusiasts will celebrate the actual 45th anniversary of the introduction of the Mustang on Friday. Trivia buffs will recall that the instantly popular sports car was unveiled at the 1964 World’s Fair in Flushing Meadows, N.Y.

The first production Mustang was introduced in 1964. Ford originally planned to make 100,000 a year, but wound up cranking out 417,000 in the first 12 months. To date, Ford says it has sold more than nine million Mustangs. I wonder how many people have actually owned one, when you factor in all the times those nine million new Mustangs might have subsequently changed hands in the used-car market.

Throughout its lifespan, the Mustang has remained uniquely American, as automotive icons go. It is designed, manufactured and sold primarily in the United States and Canada. Although I travel frequently internationally, I don’t recall ever seeing one on the road outside of North America.

But it is known the world over, thanks to its matinee-idol status. Ford says the Mustang has appeared in more than 500 movies. Who can forget Steve McQueen racing through the streets of San Francisco in a Mustang during the famed chase scene in the 1968 movie “Bullitt”?

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