Ford cel­e­brates

Ten mil­lionth Mus­tang

Australian Muscle Car - - News -

Lee Ia­cocca’s orig­i­nal idea was sim­ple enough: an af­ford­able four-seat sporty car with Euro­pean styling, avail­able with six-cylin­der or V8 power. Bas­ing it on the Fal­con chas­sis made it eco­nom­i­cally vi­able at a time when Ford was still reel­ing from the losses from the spec­tac­u­larly un­suc­cess­ful Ed­sel model. But even then, in 1961, when Henry Ford II gave his ap­proval for the Mus­tang project, Ia­cocca was warned that if it wasn’t a suc­cess, then he would be seek­ing em­ploy­ment else­where.

But Ia­cocca’s job was safe. While Ford had orig­i­nally fig­ured on pro­duc­ing around 80,000 Mus­tangs in the first year of the car’s re­lease, within the first 18 months a mil­lion Mus­tangs had been sold.

A lit­tle over half a cen­tury on and the Mus­tang has reached the 10 mil­lion mark. In recog­ni­tion of this mile­stone, Ford cel­e­brated with the pro­duc­tion of a spe­cial edi­tion 10 mil­lionth Mus­tang. Built to match the first Mus­tang to be built with a VIN, and the mil­lionth Mus­tang (built in 1966), the 10 mil­lionth ‘Stang is a V8 six-speed man­ual Wim­ble­don White con­vert­ible.

Ford pres­i­dent of global mar­kets Jim Far­ley de­scribed the Mus­tang as the ‘com­pany’s most im­por­tant car today, at least in terms of the emo­tion and passion Ford fans feel’.

“Mus­tang is the heart and soul of this com­pany and a favourite around the world,” Far­ley said.

“I get the same thrill see­ing a Mus­tang roll down a street in Detroit, Lon­don, or Beijing that I felt when I bought my first car – a 1966 Mus­tang coupe that I drove across the coun­try as a teenager. “Mus­tang is a smile-maker in any lan­guage.” In Aus­tralia, two-and-a-half years af­ter its in­tro­duc­tion, Mus­tang re­mains seg­ment leader.

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