I know I'm a day late on the draw here on the blog, but I was on time on Twitter, so I shouldn't be accused of just being unaware. Anyways...
Happy Birthday to the Ford Mustang!
First released on April 17, 1964, and still going strong 46 years later, the Mustang was a true game changer for Ford Motor Company and for the American auto industry as a whole. Ford single handedly proved that you could offer one car that appealed to both housewives and teenagers, and do it affordable and successfully.
The Mustang was a wild success from the very beginning, selling 22,000 units on the first day alone. Now over eight million Mustangs have been sold, and in 2005, it was even named the Canadian Car Of The Year.
I've driven several Mustangs over the years, from the first generation models up to my 2008 GT, and I can definitely see why they draw people like moths to a flame. The classic proportions, accessibility, comfort, performance, and aura of cool that just oozes from every body panel make these a true American classic. And for 2011, it looks like Ford is prepared to hit another home run with the return of the "5.0" badge to the front fender. The competition had better watch out! Autoblog calls it A Game Changer, and for $20,000 less money, Jalopnik speculates that it might be better than a BMW M3. The entire 2010 line has even been recently recalled for being too cool.
So anyway, happy birthday, Mustang, and good work, Ford. Here's to another 46 years. I wonder what a 2056 Mustang would look like? I suppose it depends on who is in charge of the EPA.