Ford is celebrating a momentous occasion – the production of its 10-millionth iconic pony car, the Ford Mustang.
The milestone making model – a 2019 Wimbledon White GT V8 Ford Mustang convertible built at Ford’s Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Michigan. The first Mustang produced in 1964 was the same color and model. You can check them out side by side below.
“Mustang is the heart and soul of this company,” said Jim Farley, president of global markets, Ford Motor Company. “I bought my first car—a black ’66 Mustang Coupe—at an engine re-manufacturing shop where I worked in California. I then thought it would be a good idea to drive it back to Michigan to my family’s vacation home . . . without a driver’s license at age 14. Mustang stirs that kind of passion more than a half-century after its introduction – for millions of people around the world.”
Based on Ford analysis of 1966-2018 total U.S. new vehicle cumulative registrations for all sports car segments supplied by IHS Markit, the Ford Mustang is America’s best-selling sports car over the last 50 years (IHS Markit registration data only goes back to 1966). This includes Mustang and Mustang II.
Timeline of Mustang Development
- 1965 Shelby GT350 introduced; Mustang 2+2 with full fastback roof debuts
- 1968 Mustang 390 GT stars with Steve McQueen in “Bullitt”, 428 Cobra Jet engine debuts
- 1969 High-performance Boss 302 and Boss 429 introduced
- 1974 Mustang II debuts (Ed. Note: Saddest day in Mustang history)
- 1979 Euro-styled “Fox” platform Mustang debuts – without traditional styling
- 1982 Mustang GT returns after 12-year absence
- 1984 Mustang SVO debuts
- 1993 Limited production SVT Mustang Cobra debuts
- 1996 4.6-liter Modular V8 replaces 5.0-liter engine in GT and SVT Cobras
- 2000 Third SVT Mustang Cobra R
- 2003 Mustang Mach 1 model returns with ram-air “Shaker” hood scoop
- 2011 All-new 412-horsepower 5.0-liter Coyote V8 Mustang GT debuts
- 2012 First Boss 302 since 1971 returns with 440 horsepower V8
- 2015 All-new 6th generation Mustang, first with independent rear suspension
- 2016 Shelby350/GT350R with flat-plane crank 5.2-liter V8
- 2018 Gen. 3 5.0-liter Coyote engine and new Performance Package I and II
- 2019 Limited-edition Bullitt Mustang capable of 163 mph
2019 Ford Mustang
For 2019, the iconic Mustang BULLITT returns with an exclusive 480-horsepower 5.0-liter V8 engine. The Classic California Special also makes its return.
Technology and equipment upgrades include rev-matching downshifts for the 6-speed Mustang GT. The EcoBoost gets an optional quad-tip fully active exhaust. A custom-tuned 1,000-watt B&O PLAY high-performance sound system is also new.
The Mustang Shelby GT350 will now come equipped custom-engineered Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, plus recalibrated ABS and MagneRide suspension for improved traction and lateral acceleration. Other highlights include new interior appointments and optional factory-painted stripes. An available tech package includes all-new custom-tuned, high-performance 12-speaker sound from B&O PLAY, plus heated mirrors with Blind Spot Information System and Cobra puddle lamps.
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