More history and fun facts
It’s not the first time I write about the history of the Ford Mustang, but one of my recent posts had a fact in there that got me searching for some more. It was about how the Mustang already made a first appearance in 1962, whereas to my knowledge first Mustang dates from 1964. So here’s what I found:
“The Ford Mustang has an interesting beginning. A prototype for the first Mustang was raced in the U.S. Grand Prix at Watkins Glen, New York, in October, 1962. But Lee Iacocca wanted a car that would appeal to more than race car drivers. So, it was back to the drawing board! Ford decided to build an all-new American sports car that was stylish, but affordable.
Ford wanted to introduce the car at the New York World’s Fair in April of 1964. But, it was already the summer of 1962. So, a competition was held in Ford’s design department. The top three designer teams were asked to create a clay model of a car in two weeks!
There were seven different entries in the car contest. The winner of the competition was Dave Ash, assistant to Joe Oros. His design was called the Cougar. He even placed a metal cougar on the grille of the car. The car was painted white with red wheels. Some of the executives didn’t like the name. So, the car was renamed Mustang.”
The article also has some interesting information around the popularity of that first Mustang. We already knew the original Ford Mustang still holds the record for fastest selling car ever, but these facts truly show what it meant in those days:
“The Mustang caused a huge sensation. Car dealerships were swamped with people wanting to get a look at this new and unique American car. People got into fights trying to buy the only one in stock. One dealer sold his model to the highest bidder. The man who bought it insisted on sleeping in the car overnight until his bank opened the next day so nobody else took it away from him! The Mustang was a hot new car and everyone wanted one. By the end of the first year of production, Ford had sold 418,812 Mustangs.”
Curious about some more good historic information about the Mustang, go and have a read here ;)