Ford rolls out it’s 1,000,000th Mustang on March 2, 1966
On this day, March 2 in 1966, in Dearborn, Michigan, the Ford Motor Company celebrated the production of its one millionth Mustang, a white convertible. The Ford Mustang was introduced at the World’s Fair in Flushing Meadows, New York on April 17, 1964. That same day, the new car debuted in Ford showrooms across America. In the first week, over 20,000 cars were sold. In the 1965 model year, sales of the Mustang exceeded 500,000 units making it one of the most popular cars ever sold in the US. Only a few U.S. cars have ever reached the 1,000,000 milestone and the Mustang did so in less than two years after first being introduced.
The Mustang was billed as the “working man’s Thunderbird”. The first models featured a long hood and short rear deck and a chassis based on the compact Ford Falcon. The Mustang was available in a hardtop, coupe or convertible and carried an average price tag of about $2,300. Within three years of its debut, approximately 500 Mustang fan clubs had cropped up. In 1999, in honor of the Mustang’s 35th anniversary, the U.S. Postal Service issued a stamp commemorating the original model. Over the decades, the Mustang has undergone numerous changes and remains in production today.
Ford Motor chose the name “Mustang” to reflect the sprited image of the P-51, a US World War 2 fighter plane nicknamed the Mustang, but the public immediately associated the car with the untamed wild horse of the American West and so Ford adopted the image of a galloping horse as as the symbol for the car.
The same year it debuted, the Mustang appeared on the silver screen in the James Bond movie “Goldfinger.” A green 1968 Mustang GT was famously featured in the 1968 Steve McQueen action movie “Bullitt.” To date, Mustangs have appeared in hundreds of movies.