Over the past 50 years, Mustang and its legacy have become a large part of American culture. This is exemplified in the videos below. Clicking on an image will open a YouTube video in a separate window.
During its prototype phase, the original Mustang concept was more of a race car than its eventual in-car-nation when it finally hit the market.
The buildup to the introduction of the Mustang began long before the first Mustangs hit the showroom floor:
As the big day (April 17, 1964) got closer, Mustang images filled the airwaves:
The introduction of the Mustang coincided with the 1964 New York World’s Fair, and Ford Motor Company took advantage of the tie-in. (Apparently there’s some disagreement about which TV ad was the 1st.)
It wasn’t long until Mustang Clubs sprang up so Mustang owners could share their Pony Pride:
Before long, Mustangs had spread throughout late ’60’s pop culture. Here’s a Mustang Factory tour – sung to the music of Martha Reeves & the Vandellas:
Who could forget the chase scene in the movie Goldfinger, between James Bond’s Aston Martin and a brand new 1964½ wimbledon white Mustang convertible. Apparently product placement was alive and well, even back in the 1960’s.
On April 17, 2014 (Mustang’s 50th birthday), the History Channel published a documentary on the history of the Mustang, including Ford’s collaboration with Carroll Shelby, the Mustang II, and more.