CAR OF 1964 FORD MUS­TANG

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Ford sold a mil­lion Mus­tangs in less than two years, at the time a record.

Never be­fore or since has a new car caused such a sen­sa­tion or re­ally cre­ated its own mar­ket.

The Ford Mus­tang was based on the plat­form of the sec­ond gen­er­a­tion Fal­con model and Ford used as many ex­ist­ing bits and pieces as pos­si­ble (to quote The Dave Clark Five’s mas­sive 1964 hit).

The car looked great and was a sym­bol of its times, carv­ing out the ‘pony car’ mar­ket of af­ford­able but sporty look­ing ma­chin­ery with long bon­nets and short boots, but with com­fort­able seat­ing in­side for four.

The orig­i­nal six-cylin­der hard-top and con­vert­ible were later joined by a huge range of fast­back and V8 mod­els.

Ford had hoped to sell 100,000 Mus­tangs in its first year of pro­duc­tion. In ac­tual fact, it man­aged that fig­ure within three months, and a mil­lion within a fur­ther 15. No won­der the man­u­fac­turer was, to quote Mr Clark’s 1964 hit li­brary again, ‘glad all over’!

The Mus­tang hit a low­point with the Mus­tang II’s stan­dard 2.3-litre four­pot, but it sur­vives today with the op­tion of a 5.0-litre V8.

Lim­ited Edi­tion six-pot Mus­tang had ‘spe­cial wheel cov­ers’ and a ‘chromed air cleaner’.

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