Today, April 17, 2019, is a big day for Ford fans. On this day 55 years ago, the first Mustang was introduced at the New York World’s Fair. Henry Ford II unveiled the original pony car to a large crowd, while Ford dealerships around the country began selling. In the first day alone, an incredible 22,000 Mustangs were sold. It has been said that the company projected sales around 100,000 for the first year, but Americans blew demand for the car out of the water, purchasing 419,000 of them in the first year. And the rest, as they say, is history.
Today, enthusiasts and performance companies around the globe celebrated the milestone birthday. A group of enthusiasts have joined to form an initiative, encouraging Mustangs owners to take them to the streets every April 17th. Social media is alive with pictures and videos honoring the momentous anniversary.
As is customary, a celebration was held today at Ford World Headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan. Local performance companies, dealerships, and enthusiasts joined Bill Ford Jr. to hang out and show off their cars. The new GT500 was on display, as well as a 1968 GT500KR, and just about every model year and designation in between.
It was also announced today that Ford has been named the Best Selling Sports Car for the fourth year in a row, proving that even 55 years later, the Ford Mustang continues to be a beloved American pony car. With U.S. sales around 75,842, and global sales of 113,066 Mustangs in 2018, we think it’s safe to say that the Mustang will be around for many years to come.