Back in 1964, the motoring public got its first official peek at a car destined to become an enduring automotive legend at the New York World’s Fair. Fortuitously timed to coincide with the coming of age of the Baby Boom generation, the Ford Mustang came to market just as the first Boomers reached 22 years of age.
While it has never officially been declared the car of the Baby Boom, there is no doubt the extraordinary success of the model was helped in no small part by coming along as this group was beginning to exercise its spending power and its influence over popular culture.
A cultural icon in its own right, the Ford Mustang is credited with inventing the Pony Car genre, and indeed is the only model in the category to have been in continuous production since it was launched. Interestingly, while the high performance Mustang models capture the imagination of the motoring public, the lower-powered six-cylinder models have carried the weight of sales. And, to this day, the more “mainstream” six-cylinder Mustangs outsell the V8s. Make no mistake though; the six-cylinder cars sell because of the tire-shredding reputation of the V8 powered Mustangs.
On the occasion the 50th anniversary of the production of this storied model, we thought we’d take a look back at some of the more iconic versions of the venerable Ford.