THE FORD MUSTANG - THE ORIGINAL MUSCLE CAR
The Ford Mustang began as a dream of a core group of enthusiasts who met offsite at the Fairline Inn in Detroit Michigan. The dream soon found it’s way onto crude drawings, the crude drawings eventually turned into a show car, the momentum gained from the show car turned into the Ford Mustang, an American classic.
In early November, 1960, Lee Iacocca was promoted to the position of Vice President and General Manager of the Ford Division. One of Iacocca’s first steps was to gather a group of eight department heads who’s assignment was to help shape the future of design and engineering within Ford. The group met at the Fairlane Inn, a mile down the road from World Headquarters.
This group saw the need for Ford to create some exciting new designs and so, on October 7, 1962, they unvealed a two-seat, mid-engined, Corvair-powered coupe dubbed the Mustang. It ran laps at up to 120 mph at it’s introduction at Watkins Glen International Race Track and created huge enthusiasm in the buying public.
Driven by key figures such as Lee Iacocca, The Ford Mustang finally made it to production and was unveiled in New York on April 17, 1964 as a 4 seat, front engine car which many said looked like it was moving even while parked.
The Ford Mustang would ultimately evolve into the ultimate performance machine that came to define the muscle car era. The first decade of muscle cars became known as the age of the “pony cars” because of the immense popularity of the Mustang.
The Ford Mustang has come to represent the American ideals of high performance, cutting edge styling and yes, functionality. While the Mustang has suffered a few growing pains, it has stayed true to it’s pony car roots for over 30 years now.
This website will take you from the humble beginnings of the Ford Mustang concept car to the first generation Mustang, through the ground pounding big block era of the late 60’s all the way up to the sleek yet potent production cars of today.