Friday, July 20th, 2018

Did You Know? Today April 17 Is The Birth Of The Ford Mustang


1964 Ford Mustang Coupe 300x207 Did You Know? Today April 17 Is The Birth Of The Ford Mustang

Did you know? That today is Ford Mustang Day?

The Mustang automobile debuted on this date in 1964 at the New York World’s Fair. By the end of the day Ford had sold over 22,000 Mustangs. Within two years over a million Mustangs had sold!

How many boomers had Mustangs? I know I had one in 1971 and my wife had one in 1974.

Watch the classic commercial below about the 1964 Mustang.

The Ford Mustang was born of the simple idea that putting a back seat in a sports car would be a great idea.

The idea came to Lee Iacocca, all of remember him for helping resurrect Chrysler in the 1980s, and Donald Frey in the early 1960s as the country was being overrun by European sports cars. Everywhere you looked you saw Alfa Romeos and MGs and Triumphs that dripped oil. Even French cars that would draw peals of laughter today were popular back then.

The two Ford execs saw a vast market literally rolling before their eyes, and, according to legend, the notion of a sports car with a back seat was one of those “ah-hah” moments. If Ford could dilute the European ethos just a bit by making the cars a bit more practical and a lot more affordable, Iacocca figured, the company would sell a few thousand.

He was right, but boy was he wrong. Ford didn’t sell thousands of them. It sold millions of them.

Steve McQueen even drove a ’68 fastback in the most famous chase scene in cinematic history, that amazing dash through the streets of San Francisco in Bullitt.

Source: This Day In Tech

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