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1964 Mustang

On March 9, 1964, the first Mustang, a Wimbledon White convertible with a 260-cubic inch V-8 engine, rolled off the assembly line in Dearborn, Michigan. A month later on April 17th, 1964, the Ford Mustang made its world debut at the World’s Fair in Flushing Meadows, New York.

The first model Mustang, the early 65 (many mustang enthusiasts refer to it as the 64 1/2), was available as a coupe or convertible, and featured a base 170-cubic inch six-cylinder engine with a three-speed floor shift transmission. An optional 260-cubic inch V-8 engine was available, in addition to a four-speed manual transmission or a three-speed automatic “Cruise-O-Matic” transmission. The Falcon platform Mustang had a full wheel covers, bucket seats, carpeting, and a padded dash. all for a base retail price of $2,320. According to Ford, 22,000 orders were taken the day of its debut. Which came as quite a surprise to Ford executives who had predicted annual sales of about 100,000 units. Within its first 12 months, Ford would sell close to 417,000 Mustangs.

The 1964(64 1/2) was the Mustang that started it all. Thanks to its incredible popularity; Ford has continued to produce new mustangs ever since that year.