Mustang lovers celebrate 50th anniversary

Muscle car fans gather in New York; 1967 Shelby GT500 Fastback named best in show

Published: April 18, 2014, 9:00 PM
Updated: May 15, 2018, 8:42 PM

Mustang anniversary party

Ford brought together hundreds of fans, the all-new 2015 Mustang, and 94 cars from area clubs at the plaza in front of the Unisphere at the site of the 1964 World's Fair yesterday to celebrate the iconic pony car's 50th birthday.

Moray Callum, Ford's v-p of design, chose a 1967 Shelby GT500 Mustang Fastback as best in show. For the honour, owner David Davidson received a Ford design studio model painted Race Red and used to evaluate exterior colours. It was later autographed by Elena Ford, group v-p Raj Nair and Callum. The rest of the top three were a 1965 K-Code convertible and a 1971 Mach 1 fastback

"It's a great thing to be here at Flushing Meadows 50 years to the day after Ford unveiled the original Mustang at the 1964 World's Fair," said Nair, Ford group v-p, global product development. "Seeing the devotion that owners put into caring for these amazing classic Mustangs reinforces why we put so much passion and effort into make the all-new 2015 Mustang great."

By the end of day on April 17, 1964, after the Mustang's debut, 22,000 had been ordered or purchased, making the Mustang's one of the most successful automotive product launches in history.

Henry Ford's great-great-granddaughter and Ford v-p Elena Ford, leader of the Global Dealer and Consumer Experience Organization, said standing where her grandfather Henry Ford II stood to reveal the original Mustang was both "humbling and inspiring."