April 17, 1964 – The Ford Mustang debuts

The Ford Mustang stole the show when it debuted on this day in 1964 at the New York Auto Show, officially going on sale the same day at Ford dealers across the world. The day that Henry Ford II introduced legendary auto executive Lee Iacocca’s latest creation to the masses more than 22,000 of them sold and within 18 months more than 1,000,000 Mustangs had been bought up, smashing Ford’s projection of moving 100,000 of the cars in its first year on the market. Iacocca first dreamed up the idea for a car that mixes American power with the sex appeal of European style in 1960. The Mustang would become the greatest selling Ford since the Model T.

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