Ford introduces the Mustang to America

It was 47 years ago today when the Ford Mustang was officially unveiled by Henry Ford II at the World's Fair in Flushing Meadows, New York and simultaneously in dealer showrooms. The world met the pony car and judging by the fact Ford immediately sold almost 22,000 Mustangs, it liked what it saw.

When Ford first came up with the idea of a "working man's Thunderbird" they had no idea how popular the model would become. The Mustang's long hood and short rear deck and starting price tag of around $2,300 combined with a highly anticipated mid-year launch translated into immediate popularity for the "pony cars".

Ford had not introduced a vehicle as successful as the Falcon based Mustang since the Model A. By the end of the first production year Ford sold more than 400,000 Mustangs and by March of 1966, the company had made 1 million Mustangs. In the 47 years since the model was introduced over 9 million Mustangs have been sold.

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