With the 2014 Ford Mustang marking the 50th anniversary of the country's favorite pony car, many Mustang-minded readers probably know that the vehicle's official birthday falls on April 17. But here's a surprise: That is indeed the date on which Mustang No. 100001 was sold, jump-starting the creation of an American icon, yet that sale actually came at a Ford dealership located in Canada—George Parsons Ford, in St. Johns, Newfoundland, to be exact.
The story behind the story is among the many interesting factoids found in "Mustang Fifty Years," written by Donald Farr and kindly sent to me for review by the folks at Motorbooks (www.Motorbooks.com).
Much like the 2014 Ford Mustang itself, the book has the official Blue Oval seal of approval, along with a foreward by Edsel B. Ford II, but it's not straight-up hot-rod hagiography. For example, as regards the naming process behind the vehicle, Farr reports that one of the first choices was "Torino," selected in a nod toward European sports cars. That lasted until a member of the Ford PR team became worried that the public might connect a car with an Italian name to the fact that Edsel's father, Henry II, was having an affair at the time with an "Italian divorce é."
That’s not the kind of nugget often unearthed when reading about the 2014 Ford Mustang, but …