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Ford Mustang (1st Generation)


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The first generation of Ford Mustang was produced for model years 1964½–1973. On 2 March 1966 the one millionth Ford Mustang was produced.

A first generation red Ford Mustang appears on the cover of the 2016 book Car Dancing by Debi Coccellato.
A first generation red Ford Mustang convertible, on a highway underneath a sign for Interstate 95 to Richmond, appears on the cover of the 2016 book The Four Loves of Alyssa: The Love Story of Renewal by Curtis Bowers.
A red first generation Ford Mustang convertible appears on the cover of the 2017 book Never My Love by Delores Miles.

History

The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Ford Mustang (first generation) page on 3 August 2016, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

The first-generation Ford Mustang was manufactured by Ford from March 1964 until 1973. The introduction of the Mustang created a new class of automobile known as the pony car. The Mustang’s styling, with its long hood and short deck, proved wildly popular and inspired a host of imitators.

It was initially introduced as a hardtop and convertible with the fastback version put on sale in August 1965. At the time of its introduction, the Mustang, sharing its underpinnings with the Falcon, was slotted into a compact car segment.

With each revision, the Mustang saw an increase in overall dimensions and in engine power. The 1971 model saw a drastic redesign to its predecessors. After an initial surge, sales were steadily declining, as Ford began working on a new generation Mustang. With the onset of the 1973 oil crisis, Ford was prepared, having already designed the smaller Mustang II for the 1974 model year. This new car had no common components with preceding models.

Conception and styling

As Lee Iacocca's assistant general manager and chief engineer, Donald N. Frey was the head engineer for the Mustang project — supervising the development of the Mustang in a record 18 months from September 1962 to March 1964. — while Iacocca himself championed the project as Ford Division general manager.

Drawing on inspiration from the mid-engined Ford Mustang I concept vehicle, Lee Iacocca ordered development of a new "small car" to vice-president of design at Ford, Eugene Bordinat. Bordinat tasked Ford's three design studios (Ford, Lincoln-Mercury, and Advanced Design) to create proposals for the new vehicle.

The design teams had been given five goals for the design of the Mustang: It would seat four, have bucket seats and a floor mounted shifter, weigh no more than 2,500 pounds (1,100 kg) and be no more than 180 inches (4,572 mm) in length, sell for less than $2,500, and have multiple power, comfort, and luxury options.

The Lincoln–Mercury design studio ultimately produced the winning design in the intramural contest, under Project Design Chief Joe Oros and his team of L. David Ash, Gale Halderman, and John Foster.


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1996 BookMustangs: 1965-1973 by Richard Langworth; Motor Racing Publications
1998 BookMustang: An American Classic by Nicky Wright; Todtri Productions
2001 BookStandard Catalog of Mustang 1964-2001 by Brad Bowling, Krause Publications


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2012 Mecum Fall Premier Auction: 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302 Fastback
October 26, 2012
Duration: 1:37
Video ©2012 Bill Crittenden
for $36,000 at the Mecum 2012 Fall Premier Auction
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Ford Mustang Emblem Photo by "Barahonasoria"
Taken 2005
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Ford Mustang Stamp Issued in 1999
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Ford Mustangs Ford Mustangs and Neon
2013 Mecum Chicago Auction
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1964½ Ford Mustang 289 Model Car 1964½ 289
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2012 Cedarville Model Car Contest and Swap Meet
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1964½ Ford Mustang 289 Model Car 1964½ 289
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1965 Ford Mustang 289 1965 289
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Woodstock VFW "Remember Our Heroes" Car Show
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1965 Ford Mustang 289 Emblem 1965 289
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Eelco Ford Mustang Advertisement Eelco Advertisement
Motor Trend
August 1965
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Keystone Rims Kustomag Ford Mustang Advertisement Kustomag Wheels
Motor Trend
August 1965
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Paxton Automotive Advertisement Paxton Automotive
Motor Trend
August 1965
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Motor Trend
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Richmond Cruise Night: June 3, 2011
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Ford Mustang Custom
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3rd Annual Grass Lake PTO "Cars for Kids" Classic & Hot Rod Show
May 18, 2008
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Ford Mustang Custom
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3rd Annual Grass Lake PTO "Cars for Kids" Classic & Hot Rod Show
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Ford Mustang Custom
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Drag Racing Modified Ford Mustang Drag Racing Modified
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Miller's Dog N Suds Cruise Night:  June 2, 2008 in Ingleside, Illinois
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Bullitt Ford Mustang Die Cast Bullitt Ford Mustang Die Cast
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Bullitt Ford Mustang Die Cast Bullitt Ford Mustang Die Cast
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1968 Ford Mustang 1968
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1968 Ford Mustang 302 Windsor 1968 with 302 Windsor
Photo by Stephen Foskett
Taken August 26, 2006 at the 28th annual New England Regional All-Ford Show and Swap Meet hosted by the Mustang Car Club of New England at the Hebert Candy Mansion in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts
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1968 Ford Mustang Model 1968
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1968 Ford Mustang GT/CS California Special 1968 GT/CS California Special
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1968 Ford Mustang GT/CS California Special 1968 GT/CS California Special
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1968 Ford Mustang GT/CS California Special 1968 GT/CS California Special
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Larry Barker Ford Mustang Larry Barker
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2011 Attack of the Plastic
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Pony Up Ford Mustang Model Car Atwater Ford "Pony Up" Ford Mustang
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1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302 1970 Boss 302
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1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302 1970 Boss 302
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1970 Ford Mustang Mach 1 1970 Mach 1
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The Cars Time Forgot Car Show
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1970 Ford Mustang Mach 1 1970 Mach 1
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1970 Ford Mustang Mach 1 1970 Mach 1
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1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302 Model Car 1970 Boss 302
George Follmer

Built by Ken Kellner
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1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302 Model Car 1970 Boss 302
George Follmer

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1970 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Model Car 1970 Mach 1
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1970 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Model Car 1970 Mach 1
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1970 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Model 1970 Mach 1
1:32 scale
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1970 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Model 1970 Mach 1
1:32 scale
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1970 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Whiteout Model 1970 Mach 1
Revell 1:32 scale "Whiteout" kit
Built by Elijah Walczak (at age 6)
Photo ©2011 Bill Crittenden
Built at the IPMS/C.A.R.S. in Miniature McHenry Library Make & Take on February 19, 2011
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1970 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Whiteout Model 1970 Mach 1
Revell 1:32 scale "Whiteout" kit
Built by Elijah Walczak (at age 6)
Photo ©2011 Bill Crittenden
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1970 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Whiteout Model 1970 Mach 1
Revell 1:32 scale "Whiteout" kit
Built by Elijah Walczak (at age 6)
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1970 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Whiteout Model 1970 Mach 1
Revell 1:32 scale "Whiteout" kit
Built by Elijah Walczak (at age 6)
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1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302 1970 Boss 302
2004 Zippo United States Vintage Grand Prix
Driven by Dave Putnam
Photo by Nathan Bittinger
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1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302 1970 Boss 302
2004 Zippo United States Vintage Grand Prix
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1970 Boss 302 1970 Boss 302
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#68 - 1970 Ford Boss 302 (302cid)
Dave Putnam
Glenwood, MD

2004 Zippo United States Vintage Grand Prix
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1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302 1970 Boss 302
Photo by Nathan Bittinger

#68 - 1970 Ford Boss 302 (302cid)
Dave Putnam
Glenwood, MD

2004 Zippo United States Vintage Grand Prix
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Boss Nine Ford Mustang Model Car "Boss Nine"
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Boss Nine Ford Mustang Model Car "Boss Nine"
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Ford Mustang Model Cars Ford Drag Team and Cobra Jet
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1971 Ford Mustang 1971
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1971 Ford Mustang 1971
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1971 Ford Mustang 1971
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1971 Ford Mustang 1971
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1971 Ford Mustang 1971
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1971 Ford Mustang 1971
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1971 Ford Mustang Mach I 1971 Mach I
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2010 Gary Lang Auto Group Car Show
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1971 Ford Mustang Mach I 1971 Mach I
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2010 Gary Lang Auto Group Car Show
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1971 Ford Mustang Mach I 1971 Mach I
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2010 Gary Lang Auto Group Car Show
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1971 Ford Mustang Mach I 1971 Mach I
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1971 Ford Mustang Mach I 1971 Mach I
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1971 Ford Mustang Mach I 1971 Mach I
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2010 Gary Lang Auto Group Car Show
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1971 Ford Mustang Mach I 1971 Mach I
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1973 Ford Mustang 351 convertible 1973 351 Convertible
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1973 Ford Mustang 351 convertible 1973 351 Convertible
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1973 Ford Mustang 351 convertible 1973 351 Convertible
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1973 Ford Mustang 351 convertible 1973 351 Convertible
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1973 Ford Mustang 351 convertible 1973 351 Convertible
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1973 Ford Mustang 351 convertible 1973 351 Convertible
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1973 Ford Mustang 351 convertible 1973 351 Convertible
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1973 Ford Mustang 351 convertible 1973 351 Convertible
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1973 Ford Mustang 351 convertible 1973 351 Convertible
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1973 Ford Mustang Convertible Model Car 1973
Built by Ron Koeller, Jr.
Photo ©2009 John Walczak
2009 Milwuakee NNL
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Documents

DateDocument Name & DetailsDocuments
3 October 1966NHTSA Recall 66V004006
1967 Ford Mustang, 1967 Mercury Cougar
Steering:Gear Box (Other Than Rack and Pinion)
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Recall Page - 1 page


Merchandise

Type & Item #NameDetails
Model Kit - IMC 102-150Ford Mustang II Customizing Kit1:25 scale, "Selected by Budd Anderson"
Model Kit - MPC 1368-2001968 Mustang 427 GT1:25 scale
Die Cast - American Muscle 339631970 Mustang GrabberElite Edition, 1:18 scale, Grabber Blue, production 2,500
Model Kit - Revell 85-1169Whiteout Ford Mustang Mach 1Road Chill Series, 1:32 scale, SnapTite 1970
Model Kit - AMT 381601971 Ford MustangClassics, 1:25 scale
Model Kit - MPC 62491971 Ford Mustang Boss 3511:25 scale, 2 in 1


Article Index

DateArticleAuthor/Source
23 March 2011Why The Mustang Was The Most Enduring Muscle CarWilliam Jason
16 April 2011Ford Shelby Mustang, TheWilliam Jason
7 May 2011The Legend Of The Ford MustangWilliam Jason
7 January 2014New From Summit Racing Equipment: Hotchkis Stage 1 TVS Suspension Systems for 1964.5-70 MustangSummit Racing Equipment
5 April 2016New at Summit Racing: C&R Racing Radiator Module for 1967-70 Mustang with Ford Modular V8Summit Racing Equipment
22 July 2016Summit Racing 1964.5-68 Ford Mustang Automatic to T-5 Transmission Swap Parts Combos Now AvailableSummit Racing Equipment


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