Ford Mustang: a history of the most successful sports car

Published: 27 April 2020

► The original Pony car
► Created in the 60s
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The Ford Mustang started the Pony car movement that made compact sports cars affordable to the masses in the 1960s. Since then it has become the world’s most successful sports car, with 10 million sold globally. We chart the highs – and lows – of the mighty Mustang in Australia and around the world.

First Generation: 1963 – 1973

1962 – In the beginning
The Mustang I concept car had a mid-engine layout, yet it still established the classic ‘ponycar’ proportions of long bonnet, short rear deck and sharply sculpted flanks.

April 17, 1964
Ford introduces the Mustang production model at the World’s Fair in New York. It is named after the legendary P51 Mustang fighter plane from World War II.

Ford Mustang makes a surprise appearance in the new James Bond film Goldfinger.