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Today In History: April 17th, 1964

Photo Credit: Underwood Archives/Getty Images
Photo Credit: Underwood Archives/Getty Images

The First Generation Ford Mustang Makes Its Debut at the World’s Fair

On April 17, 1964, automotive history was made as the Ford Mustang was unveiled to the public by Henry Ford II at the World’s Fair in Flushing Meadows, New York. This iconic American car captured the hearts of car enthusiasts and consumers alike with its sleek design, powerful performance, and affordability.

family sitting in blue ford mustang in 1964 at ford motor convention
Family riding in the new Ford Mustang at the Ford Motor Company’s World’s Fair exhibit. Photo Credit: Ben Martin / Getty Images

The Ford Mustang’s debut marked the beginning of a new era in the automotive industry, often referred to as the “pony car” revolution. Its combination of sporty styling and accessible pricing made it an instant hit, appealing to drivers of all ages and backgrounds. When Ford was producing the first generation Mustang, it was only a few months shy of the 1965 production year, so the car became fondly known amongst enthusiasts as the 1964-1/2 model. On the day it was revealed, Ford saw 22,000 orders placed for the new vehicle—and that was only the beginning! Within its first year of production, Ford sold over 400,000 Mustangs, solidifying its status as a cultural icon.

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Since its unveiling in 1964, the Ford Mustang has become synonymous with American muscle cars, inspiring generations of car enthusiasts and leaving an indelible mark on popular culture. Its enduring legacy as a symbol of freedom, speed, and innovation continues to resonate with drivers around the world.

As we celebrate the anniversary of its debut, we reflect on the lasting impact of the Ford Mustang and its place in automotive history.

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