What a ride it has been. Since taking the car world by storm in 1964, the Ford Mustang has gone through more than one iteration. Sure, there have been missteps along the way, but for the most part, Ford’s pony has been the last word in affordable sportscar motoring for over 50 years. Ford and Mustang lovers alike celebrated the 10 millionth Mustang as it rolled off the assembly line this week. The feted car (pictured above) comes adorned in Wimbledon white. It packs 460 horses into a V-8 powerplant, is a six-speed stick shift, and is (naturally) a convertible. We would expect nothing less. Gildshire has an admitted crush on the Mustang and we wanted to learn more about this one. Roadshow by CNet helped with the research.
Ford designed the perfect celebration this past Wednesday (Aug. 8 for those who like to keep track of Mustang celebrations) to recognize eight numbers worth of ponies coming off of Henry Ford’s assembly lines across this country over this half-century. The automaker gathered one ‘stang from each model year. They are parading them from Ford’s iconic Dearborn headquarters to their Flat Rock, North Carolina assembly plant, which is where the latest model of the Mustang is built.
The parade comes to an end with the assembled Mustangs spelling the milestone in Flat Rock’s gigantic parking lots. And, just because they can, Ford is hiring a P-51 Mustang flyover. That’s the least the company can do for a car that has done so much for it.
So, how does the 10 millionth Mustang compare to the very first Mustang to roll out? Well, as it turns out the very first Mustang was sold to a young lady by the name of Gail Wise. It is pictured below. A baby blue convertible and, though cutting edge for the time, it seems rather quaint today. It was a three-speed (on the floor, of course. After all, it WAS a sports car) manual transmission ride that mustered just 164 horses out of its V-8 power plant.
Little did Miss Wise know what Ford had wrought upon the land. Ten million pony cars later, we are all still amazed.