Ford Mustang Day, observed on April 17, is special to all automobile enthusiasts as it celebrates the most successful sports car. Yes, we are talking about the classic Ford Mustang. Powered by a robust engine and luring car lovers with its sleek design, this Pony car is one of a kind. Ever since the car turned 50, the idea of fans and Mustang owners getting out on the streets to demonstrate their love for this vehicle has become a global phenomenon. Every year, Mustang lovers participate in club activities and attend demonstrative rallies to observe this day.
History of Ford Mustang Day
Ford Mustang Day marks the anniversary of the Mustang’s introduction to the world at the New York World Fair in 1964. There are many reasons why the Mustang has a legendary reputation. Its surprise appearance in the best cinema car chase of all time alongside Steve McQueen continues to be the crowning moment for this stallion. Interestingly, the name “Mustang” was not the first choice. The design and marketing teams battled around various other potential names like Cougar, Torino, Stiletto, Panther, Comet, and many more. Ford’s executive stylist, John Najjar, suggested the name “Mustang” after the P-51 Mustang, a fighter plane used in World War II. Most of his team members did not approve of his idea. Eventually, they decided to drop the P-51 and stick with Mustang in tribute to a particular breed of horse.
Although it is still not certain whether the car is named after a horse, its unique horse logo testifies to the fact. The logo led to the creation of a new motoring category altogether — “The Pony Club.” There have been several transformations and remodeling that went into the Pony machine since its arrival. The Pony is currently running its sixth generation. This consistent production is no less than a feat. The only time Ford discontinued a model was the convertible in 1973. But it did make a comeback ten years later, in 1983. The brand never fails to set and break its records.
In 2007, Ford came up with another new edition known as “Warriors in Pink.” It featured pink interior stitching and pink rocker tape striping in alliance with the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. So far, the company has raised $120 million to support this cause and provide aid to the victims. Is that not a commendable move?
Ford Mustang Day timeline
The first-ever model of the Ford Mustang is introduced to the world.
Ford creates the largest model of Mustang — 600 pounds heavier and a foot longer than the original.
The Mustang gets its first revamp after 15 years.
Ford releases Shelby GT500, the world's most dynamic V8-powered production car.
Ford Mustang Day FAQs
How expensive is a Mustang?
The prices vary depending on the model. The cheapest model starts at $27,000 and the price can go up to more than a million.
Is the Ford Mustang safe?
The Pony car fared well in the safety testing conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. They gave it a five out of five for ratings. By that standard, the Mustang sure seems like a safe bet.
How long is the warranty for a Mustang?
The warranty for a new Mustang is three years or 36,000 miles.
5 Interesting Facts About The Ford Mustang
It made crazy sales on launch day
On the first day of its release, 22,000 Mustangs were sold.
The most expensive sale
The most expensive Mustang to be sold at an auction was a 1967 Shelby GT500 Super Snake for $1.3 million.
New year, new model
Mustang is the only car that welcomes a new model every year.
It is a movie star
During its 50+ years of existence, the Mustang has made on-screen appearances more than 3,300 times.
The first ‘Pony’ car
The category of ‘Pony’ car started with the Mustang and its unique horse logo.
Why We Love Ford Mustang Day
Ode to a legendary vehicle
Mustangs were manufactured to represent the spirit of freedom, ambition, and endurance. Now, is it not great to have a day to celebrate these automotive beasts?
A chance to ride a Mustang
There are several activities organized by Mustang clubs, groups, and communities. Who knows, you might even get to ride a Mustang at one of these events!
Mustang clubs also hold fundraisings for noble causes and you can be a part of a few to make a difference.
Ford Mustang Day dates