More Mustangs Than McDonalds has Burgers?

The fact is, I have no idea how many burgers McDonalds has sold and frankly don’t care. Mention 10 million mustangs and my subconscious is anxious for sleep and dreams of driving each and every one of them. Ford is celebrating the production of the 10 millionth Mustang which in numbers alone demonstrates that it has been America’s best selling sports car over the last 50 years.

For many of us the love of this iconic muscle car began in our childhood with generation after generation remaining Mustang fans. As the 10 millionth rolls off the production line today many will recall fond memories of its introduction in 1964 and the many variations as it evolved over decades.

 

 

10-Millionth Ford Mustang Rolls Off the Assembly Line – a Proud Day for the Best-Selling Sports Car Over the Past 50 Years

  • The 10-millionth Ford Mustang is a Wimbledon White GT V8 model convertible commemorating VIN 001 – the first serialized Ford Mustang built and sold to the public

  • Ford Mustang has outsold Camaro and every other sports car in the U.S. over the last 50 years, according to Ford analysis of IHS Markit U.S. new vehicle registration data

  • Ford Mustang, the best-selling sports car since 1966, today is sold in over 140 countries

DEARBORN, Mich., Aug. 8, 2018 – Ford is celebrating the production of its 10-millionth Mustang – America’s best-selling sports car over the last 50 years.

The 10-millionth Ford Mustang is a Wimbledon White GT V8 model convertible built at Ford’s Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Michigan. The first Mustang produced in 1964 was the same color and model.

Mustang is the heart and soul of this company,” said Jim Farley, president of global markets, Ford Motor Company.  “I bought my first car—a black ’66 Mustang Coupe—at an engine re-manufacturing shop where I worked in California.  I then thought it would be a good idea to drive it back to Michigan to my family’s vacation home . . . without a driver’s license at age 14.  Mustang stirs that kind of passion more than a half-century after its introduction – for millions of people around the world.”

Ford is celebrating the day with employee celebrations at its Dearborn headquarters and its Flat Rock Assembly Plant, flyovers from three WWII-era P-51 Mustang fighter planes and a parade of Mustangs throughout the ages driving from Dearborn to Flat Rock, where the Mustang is currently manufactured.  Other plants that produced the Mustang included San Jose, CA, Metuchen (Edison Assembly), N.J. and the original Mustang production facility in Dearborn, Mich.

Still America’s best-selling sports car

Based on Ford analysis of 1966-2018 total U.S. new vehicle cumulative registrations for all sports car segments supplied by IHS Markit, Mustang is America’s best-selling sports car over the last 50 years (IHS Markit registration data only goes back to 1966). This includes Mustang and Mustang II.

More Mustang performance and personalization coming for 2019
The best-selling sports car gets new technology and special editions for 2019. The iconic Mustang BULLITT returns with an exclusive 480-horsepower 5.0-liter V8 engine, plus distinctive design and trim. Classic California Special returns with design and trim enhancements.

Rev-matching downshifts come to the 6-speed Mustang GT, while EcoBoost® gets an optional quad-tip fully active exhaust. All-new custom-tuned 1,000-watt B&O PLAY high-performance sound system and available Apple CarPlaycompatibility for Ford+Alexa and Waze via SYNC® 3 will satisfy audiophiles.

Mustang Shelby GT350® ascends to a new level of greatness on the track and off with custom-engineered Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, plus recalibrated ABS and MagneRide suspension for dramatically improved traction and lateral acceleration. Other highlights include new interior appointments and optional factory-painted stripes. An available tech package includes all-new custom-tuned, high-performance 12-speaker sound from B&O PLAY, plus heated mirrors with Blind Spot Information System and Cobra puddle lamps.

The Ford Mustang, now in its sixth generation, is one of the most iconic cars ever produced.

In addition to its sales leadership, the Mustang page has more likes on Facebook than any other vehicle nameplate.

Timeline of Mustang Development

1965 Shelby GT350 introduced; Mustang 2+2 with full fastback roof debuts

1968 Mustang 390 GT stars with Steve McQueen in “Bullitt”, 428 Cobra Jet engine debuts

1969 High-performance Boss 302 and Boss 429 introduced

1974 Mustang II debuts

1979 Euro-styled “Fox” platform Mustang debuts – without traditional styling

1982 Mustang GT returns after 12-year absence

1984 Mustang SVO debuts

1993 Limited production SVT Mustang Cobra debuts

1996 4.6-liter Modular V8 replaces 5.0-liter engine in GT and SVT Cobras

2000 Third SVT Mustang Cobra R

2003 Mustang Mach 1 model returns with ram-air “Shaker” hood scoop

2011 All-new 412-horsepower 5.0-liter Coyote V8 Mustang GT debuts

2012 First Boss 302 since 1971 returns with 440 horsepower V8

2015 All-new 6th generation Mustang, first with independent rear suspension

2016 Shelby350/GT350R with flat-plane crank 5.2-liter V8

2018 Gen. 3 5.0-liter Coyote engine and new Performance Package I and II

2019 Limited-edition Bullitt Mustang capable of 163 mph

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