'Stangs for the Memories: Ford Marks Half-Century of Mustang Milestones

The 10 millionth Mustang Ford has built since the iconic pony car debuted in 1964 rolls off the assembly line today, a Wimbledon White GT convertible with a six-speed manual transmission — identical to the first production Mustang in color, trim and transmission type, although the '64 model only had three speeds instead of the modern six. The cars' V-8s differ, as well: The 2019 Mustang GT's V-8 has 460 horsepower, while the model-year 1964.5 V-8 had 164 when new.

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Let's take a look back at key moments in the Mustang's storied history:

  • 1964: Mustang debuts
  • 1965: Shelby GT350 and fastback body style arrive
  • 1968: "Bullitt" hits theaters, starring a Mustang 390 GT and some guy named ... *checks notes* ... Steve McQueen?
  • 1969: Boss 302 and Boss 429 versions are released. Nice.
  • 1970: Ram-Air "Shaker" hoods are first offered
  • 1974-79: Absolutely nothing happened. Nothing. (OK, the Mustang II debuted at the height of the gas crisis. This wasn't a good period for any American sports car.)
  • 1979: "Fox" body Mustang debuts, is beloved by high school jocks for decades after
  • 1982: Mustang GT returns after 12-year absence
  • 1984: Mustang SVO arrives, powered by a turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder
  • 1993: First appearance of the Mustang SVT Cobra
  • 1996: 4.6-liter V-8 replaces 5.0-liter V-8 in GT and SVT Cobra models
  • 2000: Mustang SVT Cobra R race version returns in a limited run of 300 models, wins over my 14-year old heart in "Gran Turismo 3"
  • 2003: Mustang Mach 1 returns to the lineup
  • 2004: Production switches to Flat Rock, Mich., plant after 40 years at Dearborn Assembly Plant
  • 2007: California Special is an option package once again
  • 2008: Mustang Bullitt edition reappears after seven-year absence
  • 2011: "Coyote" 5.0-liter V-8 enters production, making 412 hp
  • 2012: Boss 302 is back after 41 years with a 444-hp V-8
  • 2015: Sixth-generation Mustang debuts with model-first independent rear suspension; Shelby GT350 and GT350R models get a flat-plane crank 5.2-liter V-8 that sounds magnificent
  • 2018: The third iteration of the Coyote V-8 is built, putting out 460 hp, and the Performance Package Level 2 option package is unleashed upon the world
  • 2019: The latest version of a Bullitt edition Mustang arrives at dealerships

Congratulations to Ford on the Mustang's 55-year production run. Please don't ever put it out to pasture like you did to the rest of your cars.

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