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Ford Celebrates 10 Millionth Mustang With Custom Convertible

HOT ROD logo HOT ROD 2018-08-09 Mark Houlahan
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Ford's Mustang has been racking up the sales for over 50 years. While we're sure Ford would love to sell over a million Mustang in less than two years, just like it did back in 1965-1966, there's no denying that the Mustang has had respectable numbers throughout each of the six major redesigns/generations. Respectable enough for Ford to call it the best-selling sports car of the last 50 years anyway. Sports car to some, daily transportation to school or work for others—that's the way the Mustang has been marketed for five decades now and there's no doubt that marketing has worked. There's no other nameplate on the road today that has quite the universal appeal as the Mustang. The Mustang has been featured in more movies and has more Facebook followers than any other vehicle in the world!

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So today, as Ford marks the 10 millionth Mustang built with fanfare that started at its World Headquarters and moved to its Flat Rock Assembly Plant via police escort, more than 60 Mustang owners joined Ford by bringing their Mustangs out for the special display. The display showcased Mustangs from every year of production; from the original first gen classic Mustangs of the '60s through the Fox era and into the current generation S550. There was certainly something for everyone to enjoy and reminisce about, including such notable cars as the original Bullitt Mustang, Mustang VIN #1, the first Mustang sold to the public, Mustang-based race cars, and even a trio of P-51 Mustangs that took to the air for a ceremonial fly over!

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The 10 millionth Mustang Ford built to celebrate the occasion is a one off 2019 Wimbledon White GT convertible with 460 hp 5.0L Coyote V-8, six-speed manual transmission equipped with the latest driver assist technology. The first serialized Mustang (VIN 001) produced in 1964 was the same color and model with a three-speed manual transmission and 164 horsepower V8.

"Mustang is the heart and soul of this company and a favorite around the world," said Jim Farley, president of global markets, 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 cara 1966 Mustang coupe that I drove across the country as a teenager. Mustang is a smile-maker in any language."

While the Mustang is currently built solely in the Flat Rock Assembly Plant, prior to that the Mustang was built at three plants, including Dearborn, MI; San Jose, CA; and Metuchen, N.J in order to keep up with demand for the hot selling long hood/short deck styling the Mustang became known for.

Important Mustang Launches (by model year)

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

1970: Ram-Air "Shaker" hood offered

1974: Mustang II debuts amid gas crisis; no V8 engine offered until 1975

1976: Cobra II joins the lineup

1979: Euro-styled "Fox" platform Mustang debuts

1982: Mustang GT returns after 12-year absence

1984: Mustang SVO debuts

1993: Limited production SVT Mustang Cobra debuts

2000: SVT Mustang Cobra "R" race version returns

2001: Debut of Mustang Bullitt limited-edition salute to movie car

2003: Mustang Mach 1 model returns with Ram-Air "Shaker" hood scoop

2004: Dearborn Assembly Plant ends 40 years of Mustang production moves to Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Flat Rock, Mich.

2007: California Special edition returns

2008: Iconic Bullitt Mustang returns

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

2012: First Boss 302 since 1971 returns with 444 horsepower V8

2015: All-new sixth generation Mustang, first with independent rear suspension and Shelby GT350 / GT350R with flat-plane crank 5.2-liter V8

2018: Updated style, new 5.0-liter V8 engine with 460 horsepower and Performance Pack II

2019: Limited-edition Mustang Bullitt with 480 horsepower

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