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The Ford Mustang is a name for a series of Ford vehicles produced in the United States. The Mustang has been in continuous production since 1964, making it the longest-running Ford automobile marque. It is the fifth-best-selling Ford car nameplate, currently in its sixth generation. The Mustang was conceived as a highly stylized series of fast coupes and convertibles drawn from previous model lines, initially characterised by “long hood, short deck” proportions. It is the namesake of the “pony car” vehicle sector.

The 1965 Mustang became the most successful car launch since the 1927 Model A. It was originally expected to sell 100,000 automobiles per year. The Mustang was introduced on April 17, 1964, 16 days after the Plymouth Barracuda, and it sold over 400,000 units in its first year; the one-millionth Mustang was sold just two years later. The 10-millionth Mustang was constructed in August 2018, and it was a 2019 Wimbledon White convertible with a V8 engine, matching the original 1965 Mustang.

The Mustang’s popularity prompted a slew of competitors from other American automakers, including the Chevrolet Camaro and Pontiac Firebird (1967), AMC Javelin (1968), and Dodge Challenger (1969). (1970). The Mustang also influenced coupé design across the world, resulting in the Toyota Celica and Ford Capri being sold in the United States (the latter, by Lincoln-Mercury). The Mercury Cougar was introduced in 1967 as a unique-bodied higher-trim alternative to the Mustang; it was relaunched as a personal luxury automobile during the 1970s.

From 1965 until 2004, the Mustang shared chassis with various Ford model lines, remaining rear-wheel-drive the whole time. The Mustang was based on the 1960 Ford Falcon compact from 1965 to 1973. The Mustang (also known as the Mustang II) was a longer-wheelbase variant of the Ford Pinto that was produced from 1974 to 1978. The Mustang shared its Fox platform chassis with 14 other Ford cars from 1979 to 2004. (becoming the final one to use the Fox architecture). Since 2005, Ford has developed two generations of Mustangs, each with its own platform that is unique to the model line.

Multiple nameplates have been associated with the Ford Mustang series during its existence, including GT, Mach 1, Boss 302/429, Cobra (not to be confused with Shelby Cobra), and Bullitt, as well as “5.0” fender badging (denoting 4.9 L OHV or 5.0 L DOHC V8 engines).

Ford credits executive stylist John Najjar, a lover of the World War II P-51 Mustang fighter jet, with coming up with the name. In 1961, Najjar collaborated with fellow Ford stylist Philip T. Clark on the “Ford Mustang I,” the first prototype of the Ford Mustang. On October 7, 1962, the Mustang I made its official premiere at the United States Grand Prix in Watkins Glen, New York, when test driver and current Formula One racer Dan Gurney lapped the course in a demonstration with the second “racing” prototype. His lap timings were only a few seconds slower than the F1 race cars.

According to one theory, Ford Division market research manager Robert J. Eggert was the one who initially offered the Mustang moniker. In 1960, Eggert, a quarterhorse breeder, got the book The Mustangs by J. Frank Dobie as a birthday present from his wife. Later, the title of the novel inspired him to call Ford’s new concept automobile the “Mustang.” While Henry Ford II desired T-bird II, the designer selected Cougar (early styling bucks may be seen with a Cougar grille insignia) or Torino (an advertising campaign utilizing the Torino moniker was really developed). As the person in charge of Ford’s name research, Eggert put “Mustang” to the list of names to be evaluated by focus groups; “Mustang” came out on top by a large margin under the heading: “Suitability as Name for the Special Car.” However, the name could not be used in Germany since it was held by Krupp, which produced trucks under the name “Mustang” from 1951 and 1964. Ford refused to acquire the name from Krupp for around $10,000 at the time. Because the name was also used by Kreidler, a moped manufacturer, Mustangs were sold in Germany as “T-5s” until December 1978.

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