History of the Mustang

There are few vehicles on the road today that can claim to be as iconic and integrated into the American spirit as the Ford Mustang. For over half of a century, the Mustang has stood for power, independence, and confidence. Now in its sixth generation, the classic American muscle car is still going strong and shows no sign of slowing down.

- Courtesy of United Artists (1964)

The Ford Mustang formally began production for the 1965 production year after 18 months of development. The world got a preview of the Mustang in 1964’s James Bond film Goldfinger, and a year later, the public was able to get behind the wheel as well.

From the beginning, Ford’s focus with the Mustang was to create a powerful and styling means of getting from point A to point B. First generation Mustangs sported either a V6 or V8 120 hp and 210 hp respectively. Unique contours and body styles were a mainstay of the design right up to the third generation, which opted for a more hard-edge style.

As a return to the classic smooth curves, the fourth generation reintroduced the deep side contours and curvaceous body-style as a nod to previous generations. The fifth and sixth generations have continued to evolve, taking cues from those earlier generations. Current Mustangs now boast a possible 460 hp, a far cry from the first generation.

Modern Mustangs are easily recognizable, and their look just screams power and capability. The aggressive and sharp contours of the front bumper and grille make it clear that nothing will stop this classic American muscle.

Ford is always looking to the future of this classic. Ford has officially announced that the 2020 Mustang will be a hybrid, improving performance, efficiency, and responsiveness. With these advancements in the pipeline, and the innovative and powerful design choices, the next generation of the Mustang is gearing up to impress.
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