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As one of the most famous muscle car brands in American history, the Mustang brings a sense of power, speed, and aggression to the road. Having endured years of changing consumer demands and the rising and falling of the economy, the Mustang continues to impress to this day. Behind every great muscle car, though, is a hard-working individual who developed the idea in the first place. Let’s take a look at the life of Lee Iacocca, the man behind the Mustang.
When you see a classic Mustang cruising down the roadways you see an entity that seems to exist autonomously. The driver is at the helm, but the vehicle seems to be an independent piece of machinery.
You know that it was assembled in a factory, but you can sometimes lose sight of the fact that human beings with specific artistic and engineering ideas had to spearhead design projects.
Although there are few names that have risen to the surface over the years such as that of people like Harley Earl, Virgil Exner, Carroll Shelby, Bill Mitchell and John DeLorean, in a lot of cases automotive designers work behind the scenes and get very little glory.
The impact that the Mustang had when it was first released in April 1964 really cannot be overstated.You have to remember that smaller cars were a relatively new phenomena. The Ford Mustang was actually influenced by the compact car that was carrying the load for Ford at the time that the Mustang was introduced, that being the rather tame Ford Falcon.
The Mustang went on to shatter sales expectations and within 18 months one million of these pony cars had found a home in American garages and driveways.
The wintertime months can be a little bit of a downer for classic car fans who like to take to the road to participate in classic car cruises and take road trips to classic car shows.
Of course, if you like to roll up your sleeves and work on your vintage Mustang the garage can be kept warm all year around and a lot classic Mustang fans keep themselves busy that way.
Classic Mustang fans come from a lot of different directions. There are those who presently own a Mustang or multiple Mustangs, but there are also people who remember back to a time when they owned one of these classic cars.
And then there is another group that has always wanted to own a Mustang without ever having had the right opportunity to acquire one.
There’s one thing that all three of these groups have in common: All of these people are probably interested in the possibility of purchasing a Mustang whether it is to add to a collection or start one.
The Ford Mustang has been around for a long time, and when a model has a very long life it is invariably going to go through a series of facelifts to reflect the changing times. Up to now there have been five different generations of the Mustang, and given the ongoing popularity of the car there will probably be more generations to follow.
In this post we are going to take a look at the second generation that gave us the vehicle known as the Mustang II.
The Ford Mustang was spectacularly successful from the very beginning of its long and illustrious run. Ford expected the Mustang to be successful of course, but even company executives were astonished at just how well received the car actually was.
They didn’t expect it to reach the 100,000 mark in total sales for the 1965 model year, but in fact they sold that many cars during the first three months. In all, over 400,000 Mustangs were sold for that initial model year and by the time the car was 18 months old 1 million of them had been produced.