Learn the brief history of the roaring stallion below.
Headed by Ford, the Mustang was based on the Ford Falcon model and was set to introduce a new line of cars – one that would stand out in the current market. In fact, the story is similar to the story of the horse that the car’s name comes from.
The Mustang horse breed emerged in the American west a few hundred years ago. Mustangs descended from domesticated horses that were introduced by the Spanish. But now they roam freely through the plains of America.
Note: The Mustang name may have originally come from one of the lead designer’s (John Najjar) love of the World War II P-51 Mustang fighter plane.
Debuting at a demonstration during the 1962 US Grand Prix in New York, the Ford Mustang 1 was more than a concept car – it was a taste of a new breed of vehicle. Built small, with an aesthetic chassis and a 4-cylinder engine, this ‘pony car’ was exactly what the market wanted.
Beginning production in 1964, the Ford Mustang quickly stamped its hooves on American roads. And in the first year and a half, over a million Mustangs had been built – that’s equivalent to the population of the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast combined.
With the iconic big grill, circle headlights and the shape of a fighter jet – not to mention the engine – popularity skyrocketed.
Just as the Mustang horse adapted to its new world, the Mustang car has evolved for streets around the globe. Some of the most notable models throughout the decades include:
As the Mustang legacy produces dreamy designs and performance packages race car drivers envy, we’re coming into a new age of motoring.
The latest prize car is the result of over 50 years of innovation. It’s a mix between the boxy 2005 Ford Mustang style and the airplane sleekness of the originals. Then to top it off, it’s been professionally modified with the ROUSH TVS 2650 Supercharger Package – giving it 710hp (that’s a big pack of ponies).
With Mater Cars for Cancer, you have the chance to win this powerful pony. Purchase a ticket and go in the running today!