The original Pony Car

From 1967 Chevrolet, Pontiac, Dodge, … started making muscle cars eager to participate in the Mustang’s success. They were all dubbed Ponycars but we all know there can only be one original and that was the Mustang of course.

First Mustang off the assembly line

I found some interesting facts on this site during my last Mustang searches, the first one sounds a bit strange to me given the Mustang was released sometime mid 1964 so if you know what this is about let me know in the comments:

1962 – Ford unveils a new car at the start of the U.S. Grand Prix at Watkins Glen, the Mustang
1963 – While waiting for the introduction of the Mustang, Ford introduced the Falcon Sprint package with a V8, tachometer and special trim
1963 – Ford tries and fails to buy Ferrari
1965 – Ralph Nader’s “Unsafe at Any Speed” published
1966 – The millionth Mustang is built just before its second birthday in March
1966 – Wilson Pickett releases the hit single “Mustang Sally”
1966 – Mustang sales were over 6% of the total U.S. car market

Can you imagine that? Six percent of the total U.S. car market not to just one brand, but to one single model. If this is true it offers some good news for me. Meaning it’s okay if it takes some more time before I ever get to buy one as there are plenty of them ;)

One more note on that 1st Mustang. Did you know that was bought by an airline captain called Stanley Tucker who had seen the car at his local dealership and that he wasn’t even aware this was the first one? Apparently Ford tried to buy it back soon after it found out the car was sold but that Stanley Tucker didn’t let go until (after 2 years of driving and 10.000 miles) he got a new full-option 1966 model from Ford. And also not just ‘a’ 1966 model, but the millionth Mustang manufactured. You can now go see the 1st Mustang ever made – unrestored – in the Henry Ford Museum. You gotta love stories like these.


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6 responses to “The original Pony Car”

  1. Scott Monty says :

    Very cool. I’ve been to the Henry Ford and I’ve seen that Mustang. It’s pretty inspiring. America sure has had a love affair with the muscle cars ever since.

  2. Bruce McIntire says :

    You know, I have to tell you, I really enjoy this blog and the insight from everyone who participates. I find it to be refreshing and very informative. I wish there were more blogs like it. Anyway, I felt it was about time I posted, Ive spent most of my time here just lurking and reading, but today for some reason I just felt compelled to say this.

  3. Kris Hoet says :

    You can say that again. And if ever you return to the Henry Ford museum, send me a better photo of that Mustang please? ;) This is the best I could find online, almost unbelievable actually.

  4. Paul Smith says :

    The 1962 Mustang was a prototype. The car was created so Ford could be competative at Le Maun and in the Grand Prix circuit. Ford had went to Ferrari for some help to get into the circuit. It was mostly for chasis design help. Ferrari refused to help. That’s why you see the purchase of Ferrari attempted. Some one in the Ford family (Henry Jr or William can’t remember who but they were a big part of Ford’s early entry into Factory racing) wasa mad at Ferrari so they tried to buy them. Shelby was sucessful with his Cobra line and was tapped by Ford. The best part Carrol Shelby hated the Mustang when he first saw it. Thought it was a woman’s car. Guess they made him the right offer.

  5. Kris Hoet says :

    You sure know your Mustang history Paul! Let me know if you got more Mustang stories to share, always welcome. Thanks for stopping by.

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