Fun Facts + Stories of the Ford Mustang


- The Mustang I Prototype was debuted on October. 7,1962 at the Watkins Glen racetrack in New York
- Ford introduced the Mustang II prototype at Watkins glen on the weekend of October. 6,1963
- The Mustang was premiered on April. 17, 1964 at New York's World Fair
- 22,000 Mustangs were sold within the first day of its release.
- Within 2 years, over one million Mustangs were sold
- The first Mustang off the assembly line was sold (by mistake) to an airplane pilot.
- By December. 31, 1964, Ford had sold 263,434 cars.
- When the one year anniversary of the Mustang rolled around, Ford had already sold 418,810 Mustangs.
- Independant Rear Suspension was actually considered for performance versions of the Mustang way back in the 60s.
- There was no 2002 edition of the Mustang Cobra.
- The 1964.5 Mustangs were not really 1964.5 models. They were considered to actually be EARLY 1965's. So, the first digit of the VIN number (last digit of the model year) was 5, not 4.
- The first Mustang's VIN Number was 5F08F100001.
- The Fastback Mustang debuted on October. 1, 1964.
- Phil Clark is the original designer of the galloping horse logo.
- John Najjar, the original designer of the Mustang I Prototype (drawings) supposedly named his design after the P-51 Mustang airplane, but Lee Iacocca has stated a few times that it was directly named after the horse itself, not the airplane.
- Mustang production began on March. 9, 1964.
- The one-millionth Mustang was produced on February. 23, 1966.
- The popular movie (among Mustang enthusiasts), 'Bullitt', premiered on October. 17, 1968.
- Apparently, Lee Iacocca wanted the switch-over to the Mustang II to occur in 1968, but Ford's President Bunkie Knudsen preferred the larger Mustangs. When Bunkie Knudsen left in `69, Lee Iacocca got to work on the Mustang II.
- Even though most people say that the first Mustang to roll off the assembly line was a White Convertible, Lee Iacocca says that the first Mustang was a hardtop.
- The 1974 Mustang II sold 3 times the amount of Mustangs that were sold in 1973.
- The first 1993 Mustang Cobra was built on December. 17, 1992.
- In the late 80s, Ford was considering moving the Mustang over to front-wheel drive. Thankfully, the loyal Mustang fans kept Ford from doing so. The Probe was the replacement that Ford produced.

-The 1994 Ford Mustang, which introduced the 4th generation Mustangs, was dramatically restyled to awaken its pony car heritage. The hatchback variant was dropped, leaving only a two door coupe and convertible. The SVT Cobra was carried over from the previous year and launched with a 240 horsepower 5.0 liter V8.

-1995 was the final model year for the 5.0 liter V8, which began life as the 260cid and later 289 cid engine. The second bare bones SVT Cobra R was introduced with a 300 horsepower 5.8 liter V8 and five speed manual transmission.

-In 1996, for the first time the Mustang GTs and SVT Mustang Cobras were equipped with 4.6 liter Dual Overhead Cam (DOHC) V8, producing 305 horsepower in the Cobra.

-Ford’s Passive Anti Theft System became standard on all models in 1997.

-In 1998 the output of Mustang GT’s 4.6 liter V8 was increased to 225 horsepower.

-A redesigned Mustang debuted in 1999. It sported sharper lines, pronounced wheel arches plus new hood, grille, fascias and lamps. The SVT Mustang Cobra became the first Mustang with independent rear suspension. The 4.6 liter DOHC V8 produced 320 horsepower.

-In 2000 the third Mustang SVT Cobra R was introduced in a 300 unit run. It came with a 386 horsepower 5.4 liter DOHC V8 mated to the Mustang’s first ever six-speed transmission.

-Inspired by the 1968 movie, the first Mustang Bullitt GT model was offered in 2000 and 2001. It featured unique side scoops, 17-inch “Bullitt”-styled wheels and lowered and specially-tuned suspension.

-In 2002 production ended for two of Mustang’s closest competitors: Chevrolet Camaro and Pontiac Firebird.

-The Mach 1 returned in 2003 with a 305 horsepower V8 under a signature ram air “Shaker” hood scoop. The newly redesigned SVT Cobra produced 390 supercharged horsepower.

-In 2004 Ford produced its 300 millionth car, a Mustang GT convertible 40th anniversary edition. The 2004 models were the last cars built at Ford’s fabled Dearborn Assembly Plant which had been building Mustangs since the car’s introduction in 1964.

-In 2005 production of the all new Mustang moved to the Flat Rock, Michigan Plant. The Mustang’s V6 engine was increased to 4.0 liters and the V8 increased to 300 horsepower.

-The V6 “Pony Package” debuted in 2006. GT models got 18" wheels, and owners could configure instrument panel lighting in 125 different colors, using Ford’s MyColor instrument panel.

-In 2007 Ford introduced a special “Warriors in Pink” Mustang, designed to help raise funds for Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure breast cancer research. The vehicle lineup also included the Mustang Shelby GT and the Shelby GT500KR. The second limited-edition Mustang Bullitt was introduced in November.

-The 9 millionth Mustang, a GT convertible, was built in 2008 and sold to an Iowa farmer.

-The 2009 Ford Mustang featured a glass roof option and special 45th anniversary badging.

-The 2010 Mustang was introduced in November at the Los Angeles Auto Show. It cleverly combines modern technology with Mustang heritage and a V8 with even more horsepower and even throatier signature Mustang exhaust sound. It will be available at Ford dealerships later this spring. 

Ford Sells Mustang Number One!

Many veteran Mustangers know this, but we feel it is still a fun and interesting fact, especially for newcomers. Mustang Number One (VIN 5F08F100001), a convertible, was accidentally sold when it was brand-new. Ford intended to truck the car across Canada on a tour of dealerships. However, a salesman in St. Johns, Newfoundland, accidentally sold it to airline pilot Captain Stanley Tucker. He drove it about 10,000 miles and then traded it back to Ford. In fact, he traded up for the 1,000,001 Mustang built. A '66 model assembled at Dearborn, Michigan, on March 2, 1966. Today, 5F08F100001 is on display in the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn. 

Ford Tells Us Wild Stuff And Keeps A Straight Face

The Mustang was one of the hottest new cars in history. Buyers swarmed dealerships to buy new cars. How-ever, many of the stories that Ford passed out in 1964 to the press surrounding the Mustang's introduction are quite difficult to believe. Have you heard the one about the man in Arlington, Texas, who slept in a '64½ Mustang until his check cleared the next morning, fearing someone else would get the car? Who was the guy? Where is he now? Does anyone have any leads?

Then there's the story about the truck driver in San Francisco. Apparently thrown into a trance by the sight of the Mustang, he could not take his eyes away, and drove his truck straight through the showroom window. Surely, there is an old police report on that one...or is there?

We'd like to hear from the people in the above stories, especially the truck driver who drove through the showroom window. Was it hype or did it really happen?

Special-Edition Mustangs

If you see a Mustang that looks modified at a concours show, the owner says it is real, and you are smitten with the urge to call him a dunderhead because you've never seen a Mach 1 with side stripes such as that and a picture of a tornado on the rear quarters, you'd best keep your mouth shut. In all likelihood, it is real.

Ford built oodles of special-edition Mustangs, some of which even the most seasoned experts have never seen, such as a '68 Red Bird (Cardinal) Special, built for the states of Virginia and North Carolina, where the cardinal is the state bird. Bill Weaver told us these cars came with rear quarter badges that were gold with a red cardinal. Apparently, none of these cars have been restored. Weaver has three of the badges and the instruction sheet on how to install them, though.

Probably the most commonly known special edition is the '68 California Special. Colorado dealers had a High Country Special for 1966, 1967, and 1968. The Mustang with the tornado on the rear quarters is the '70 Twister Special from Kansas. We could name more than a dozen special-edition Mustangs. Texas had a Blue Bonnet Special. Did you ever hear of the '68 Gold Nugget Special?

Some of the special editions are one of a kind, such as the '68 in Jeff Kreuger's garage. Most people think he is making up his own Playboy Pink Mustang. At a show, one lady exclaimed, "That's not real!" Oh, but it is real. His hardtop is Passionate Pink, one of the Color of the Month Mustangs offered through the Denver sales district in the first four months of 1968. Passionate Pink made sense for February and Valentine's Day, and Emerald Green was perfect for March and St. Patrick's Day. Kreuger's car is the only one of its color to surface, although at least 10 were built.