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A look back at nearly 6 decades of the Ford Mustang, the wor

Postby AfricanMustang » Wed Apr 22, 2020 5:35 pm

On April 17, 1964, Henry Ford II officially unveiled the Ford Mustang at the World's Fair in Flushing Meadows, New York.

Ford called the Mustang a "working man's Thunderbird." It cost around $2,300.

Some say the Mustang was named after a World War II fighter plane, while others take the horse logo to heart. There was even a weird theory around the Southern Methodist University Mustangs football team.

But the truth is, not even Ford seems to know for sure what the Mustang is named after.

Nearly 60 years have passed since the birth of the Ford Mustang. In the decades since, the car has gone through six generations and is currently leading global sales for the two-door sports car segment.

Six decades is a long time for a car to be around, but the Mustang still hasn't lost its reputation of bringing fun and performance to the masses. Originally conceived as an affordable sports car, contemporary Mustangs haven't really strayed far from that philosophy. They're still relatively inexpensive for the performance you get in return.

The "pony car" class also originated from the Mustang, but isn't reserved exclusively for it. The Mustang was a revolution when it launched because it was aimed at the youths, and was compact, sporty, and — most importantly — cheap, as Car Throttle explains. Competitors, such as the Chevrolet Camaro and the Plymouth Barracuda, sprang up not long after.

The Mustang nameplate has undergone plenty of changes throughout the years, despite maintaining the same sentiment: fun and affordable. Here are some of the notable ones that brought us to the current lineup.

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Re: A look back at nearly 6 decades of the Ford Mustang, the

Postby bubba pony » Fri Apr 24, 2020 7:02 pm

I posted this a few years ago on ponyfans.

https://www.google.com/books/edition/Ha ... frontcover

go to page 56. Hayden Fry's book.
Hayden Fry confirms Ford motor company named their car after SMU Mustang. I feel very confident that Hayden was telling the truth. I recall Hayden had that red/blue Mustang on campus.
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