The Ford Mustang – unquestionably one of the most iconic cars ever built.
The Mustang has just reached a momentous landmark after production of the muscle car hit ten million units. It shouldn’t be surprising considering it has been America’s best-selling sports car of the last 50 years and the world’s best-selling sports car for three years straight.
The all-important ten-millionth model, which rolled off the production line at Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Michigan, was a high-tech, 460hp GT V8 six-speed manual convertible equipped with the latest driver assist technology. It came with a ‘Wimbledon White’ exterior paint job as an homage to the first serialised Mustang (VIN 001) produced in 1964. To show how far the Mustang has come, that initial model used a 164hp V8 linked to a three-speed manual transmission.
Mustang – the universal smile maker
“Mustang is the heart and soul of this company and a favourite around the world,” said Jim Farley, president of global markets at Ford Motor Company. “I get the same thrill seeing a Mustang roll down a street in Detroit, London or Beijing that I felt when I bought my first car – a 1966 Mustang coupe that I drove across the country as a teenager. Mustang is a smile maker in any language.”
It’s not very often that sports cars exceed ten million units. Eight-figure production totals are usually reserved for ubiquitous crowd-pleasers like the Toyota Corolla (40m), Volkswagen Golf (30m), Vauxhall Corsa (18m) and Renault Clio (12.3m) – so to see the Ford Mustang join the eight-figure club is quite exceptional.
Where the Mustang is at today
Now in its sixth-generation, the Mustang comes packed with more technology and more personalisation than ever before, as well as the stunning performance you’d expect. Beneath the brash and unmistakably American athletic exterior is an upscale cabin kitted out with soft-touch materials and a 12-inch digital instrument cluster at its centre.
Flip up the hood – I mean, bonnet – and you come face to face with a 443bhp five-litre V8 engine that is good for 0-62mph in 4.3 seconds.
A couple of special Mustangs have emerged recently too, namely the 700bhp Eagle Squadron model – which was sold for $420,000 at the recent charity auction for the Experimental Aircraft Association’s youth aviation education programmes.
The now-sold out Bullitt, created to honour the 50th anniversary of the classic Steve McQueen film.
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