1964 Ford Mustang
Though the original concept for the Ford Mustang surfaced in 1962, the 1964 World’s Fair in New York set the stage for the first actual Mustang. Because the 1964 Ford Mustang wasn’t released until it was nearly time for 1965 models to be announced, they earned the nickname “1964-and-a-half year model.” Within 24 months, over one million were sold - at the time, the price tag for the Ford Mustang was $2,368.
The introduction of the Mustang brought a new class of automobile onto the scene: the pony car. A compact, affordable, highly-styled car with a sport- or performance-focused image. This first Mustang model was based on the Falcon platform, but was set apart in appearance by its “long hood, short deck.” Offered as a two-door coupé and convertible, it was nevertheless mechanically mundane in its basic form, with a 170 cu in (2.8 L) six-cylinder engine coupled to a three-speed manual transmission. The original base price included bucket seats, carpeting, floor shifter, sport steering wheel, and full wheel covers. This model had an extensive list of options that featured V8 engines, Cruise-O-Matic automatic transmission or four-speed manual gearbox, radios, air conditioning, power steering, and other accessories. A fully dressed V8 Mustang could increase sticker price by up to 60%, which generated excellent profits for Ford.