We are all born at "0" years. When we celebrate a particular birthday, it marks the end of that number of years having passed since birth. Great if you want to feel "younger."
Car manufacturers have the luxury of playing "faster and looser" with an automobile's "birth reference point." They can cite variables like "date of public unveiling" or "date first car rolled off the assembly line." Not even "model year" commencement is set in stone. Nor does "Anniversary" = "Birthday."
The Ford Mustang was unveiled on April 17th, 1964, at the World's Fair in New York City, as a 1964 ½ model. Although Chicagoan Gail Wise purchased her light-blue convertible 'Stang on April 15th, 1964.
Today, December 5th, 2014, Ford is officially launching the 6th Generation of Mustang, the venerable founder of the "Pony car" genre. In both fastback [reminiscent of '65 to '68] and convertible versions. Unveilings took place in New York, Barcelona and Sydney to demonstrate Ford's commitment to the S550 platform [no relation to the Benz sedan] as a "global car."
This morning's press release out of Dearborn carefully refers to the launch as marking "9 million-plus cars sold in its 50 years of continuous [Mustang] production." It also reminds us that the Mustang will not have completed it's full 50th year [since public launch] until April 17th, 2014.
With production commencing in the fall of 2014, there is one way that the "Stang can earn a 50th Anniversary commemoration. A limited initial run of the herd could be designated as "2014 ½" models.
Otherwise 2015 Mustangs will have a dash placard reading "Since 1964"...omitting the fraction.
Meanwhile we leave you with some photos of the 2015 Ford Mustang GT. Or, for the sentimentalists, the "2014 ½" Ford Mustang GT.
Please cover your phones in screen protectors to avoid any electrical shorts from all the salivating.
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