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August 8, 2018, Flat Rock, Michigan:
August 8, 2018 marks a not insignificant milestone in American automotive history. Make that a many million mile milestone. Ford Motor Company is commemorating the recent production of the 10 Millionth Ford Mustang, a Wimbeldon White GT coupe commemorating the first produced VIN 001 1964 1/2.
Earlier today Ford held a parade of Mustangs representing every model year outside the Flat Rock, Michigan plant where this American icon is currently assembled.
Two 10 Millionth Mustang Parade Standouts:
– Gail Wise of Park Ridge, Illinois baby blue first Ford Mustang ever sold to a consumer
– One of two original Highland green “Bullitt” Mustang GTs from the eponymous 1968 Steve McQueen film, which the late actor unsuccessfully attempted to buy from its private owner, revealed this year after 38 years of disuse.
As former owners of a black with grey hood strip 1986 Ford Mustang GT 5-speed manual, the first year the Fox body received sequential fuel injection, “Drive…He Said” particularly feels the awesome nostalgia.
Ford CEO Jim Hackett announced that all the automaker’s non crossover North American market passenger cars would go away early in the next decade.
All except one.
Perhaps the most satisfying bang for your buck, street beating, track attacking American sports car, the original “Pony Car,” is still available with up to 526 V-8 wild horse hoofs. A bright future indeed looms for the Ford Mustang.
Here’s to another Ten Million Ford Mustangs reaching lucky driver’s hands.
FORD MUSTANG MAJOR MILESTONES:
– April 17, 1964: Ford Mustang sports car unveiled at World’s Fair held in New York City, priced at $2368. The name commemorates the WWII P-51 fighter plane.
– April 15, 1964: Gail Wise, (nee Brown) is the first purchaser of a Ford Mustang. She and husband, Tom, of Park Ridge, IL still own the powder blue convertible!
– 1966: Ford Mustang tops 1 million sales.
– 1974: Mustang switches to a compact Ford Pinto platform in wake of global Oil Crisis.
– 1978: Mustang adopts Fox platform, which endures for 14 years,
– 1982: Mustang GT and 5.0L OHV V-8 return after 12 year hiatus, re-energizing the American pony car wars.
– 1994: 4th Generation Mustang Debuts. Modular 4.6L OHC V-8 replaces OHV V-8 engines in Mustang GT.
– 2005: 5th Generation Mustang appears, based on global modular platform shared with Jaguar, marking a retro modern notchback look.
– 2011: 5.0L V-8 engine returns in potent 32 valve DOHC guise surpassing the 400 hp mark. The code name is Coyote.
– 2015: 6th Generation Ford Mustang fastback launches with long awaited fully independent rear suspension.
– 2018: V-6 engine option is dropped leaving Mustang customers the choice of a 310 hp turbocharged 4-cylinder or 460 hp naturally aspirated V-8.
– August 8, 2018: 10 Millionth Ford Mustang, a V8 GT in VIN 001’s same Wimbeldon White color, is produced at Flat Rock, Michigan.
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