To commemorate the building of its 10 millionth Mustang, Ford went back to the original for inspiration.
The 10 millionth car is a Wimbledon White GT V-8 convertible, featuring 460 hp reined in by a 6-speed. The first serialized Mustang was also a Wimbledon White V-8 convertible, but put out 164 hp and used a 3-speed manual.
“Mustang is the heart and soul of this company and a favourite around the world,” said Jim Farley, president of global markets, Ford Motor Company. “I get the same thrill seeing a Mustang roll down a street in Detroit, London or Beijing that I felt when I bought my first car – a 1966 Mustang coupe that I drove across the country as a teenager. Mustang is a smile-maker in any language.”
Part of the celebrations included 60 Mustang owners spelling out the milestone, under a flyover by a trio of P-51 Mustang WWII fighters (the inspiration for the pony car).
Now in its sixth generation (launched in 2015), Mustang has launched some memorable vehicles over its 54 years, including the 1979 Euro-styled Fox-platform Mustang, the Cobra II, and the Boss.
And although not part of the official celebrations, Ford also unveiled the NASCAR Mustang racecar that will be premiering at the 2019 Daytona 500.
“Mustang has raced since it was first sold in 1964,” said Hau Thai-Tang, Ford’s executive vice president, Product Development and Purchasing, who was on hand to help unveil the car. “After more than a half-century, it feels great to finally let Mustang run in the top echelon of America’s most popular stock car racing series.”