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Happy Birthday, Mustang!

The storied pony car hits age 56
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Today is Mustang’s 56th birthday.

That’s right, it is well into late middle age. Looks good, though doesn’t it?

Mustang Bullitt

2020 Mustang Bullitt. (Images: Ford)

In some ways, it is an unlikely hit.

The original was based on the Ford Falcon—when I was growing up a friend’s mom had one and it was everything the Mustang isn’t and then some.

The Mustang was introduced at the 1964 World’s Fair in Flushing Meadows, New York, by Henry Ford II.

Mustang intro

Mustang at the World’s Fair.

Now in Flushing Meadows, there is a temporary field hospital built in the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, where the U.S. Open is ordinarily played.

Times change.

But as for the Mustang—which has changed and morphed over these past 56 years (right now you can buy 12 variants, from a base model with an EcoBoost engine to a GT500 that has 760 hp—getting older really does mean getting better.

It is now the best-selling sports coupe in the world, and has been for five years running, and it is the best-selling sports car in the U.S.—and has been for the last 50 years.

Mustang GT500

GT500: Looking good.