Flashback Friday: 1964 Ford Mustang
Here on the Matt Ford blog we spend plenty of time telling you about all of the new and upcoming Ford models on the market, but we realize that if you’re not a diehard Ford or car enthusiast, combing through all of the specs and features of the newest Ford models isn’t exactly the most exciting thing to do day after day. So, we’ve decided to spice things up a bit.
The Ford Motor Company has been in existence for 101 years, and to show you how some of the models have progressed over time, we’ve decided to kick off Flashback Friday, which will now be a weekly feature on our blog. We’ll be spending time going over the best and worst Ford models and features. You won’t be seeing anything on any models from the past five years, but anything before that will be fair game. To kick things off, we’re going to start with perhaps the most iconic Ford out there, the 1964 Ford Mustang.
The Origins of the Ford Mustang
The first generation model of the Mustang hit the market in April of 1964, and when it first arrived, it was quite unlike anything not only in the Ford lineup, but on the market in general. The unconventional long hood and short deck helped the Mustang to became an instant hit among consumers and the unique styling helped to put the pony car in a class of its own. It made its debut with an MSRP of $2,368.
As the Mustang was the first car of its kind, Ford didn’t set sales expectations high. They had hoped to sell 100,000 units in the first year, but within the first three months, that mark was already surpassed. By the end of the model year, the automaker had sold another 318,000 models, which not surprisingly, is a record number. Because of its success, more than one million Mustangs were built within 18 months.
The First Mustang Ever Sold
There is actually an interesting story about the first Ford Mustang ever sold. It was supposed to go on sale April 17, but two days before its release, Gail Wise stepped foot inside a Chicago dealership formerly known as Johnson Ford. She told the salesman that she was looking for a convertible to celebrate her new position as a third grade teacher, but the dealership had none in stock, but he told her that he had “something special” in back. As you can probably guess, that special something was a 1964 Ford Mustang.
A short while later, two days before anybody else in the nation, Gail drove off the lot in that Mustang.As it was the convertible model, she paid a bit more, but even at $3,347.50, the brand-new pony car was a steal. That’s especially true considering the fact that Gail is still driving the Mustang that she purchased 50 years ago.
The Mustang only has an odometer reading of about 60,000 miles as it side idle for nearly three decades, but once the Wise family discovered that it was the first Mustang ever sold, they fixed it up and now give their grandchildren rides and take it to classic car shows around the nation. When not in use, the original, original pony car sits parked next to the Wise’s 2013 Ford Escape. They’re a family that loves their Fords.
Be sure to check back here on the Matt Ford blog next Friday for our second installment of Flashback Friday. As this week was spent looking at one of Ford’s biggest successes, next week we will look at one of the less popular models, the Ford Pinto. If there is a unique Ford model or feature that you would like us to write about for a future Flashback Friday, be sure to let us know on our Facebook page.
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