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Mustang Turns 50: The Five-Decade Evolution of an Iconic Car
America's favorite muscle car is celebrating its 50th anniversary -- take a look at how the Ford Mustang has changed over the years.
Ever since the 1960s, the sleek design of Ford’s pony car has earned fans across the world. The car debuted on April 17, 1964 at the New York World’s Fair. By 1965, Ford had sold 73,112 Mustang convertibles and 409,260 coupes, according to Edmunds.com. Not bad for a car based on the Ford Falcon, an unremarkable compact sedan.
Even though the Mustang was already a huge success, it became even more famous thanks to a 1965 publicity stunt. In October of 1965, Ford disassembled a Mustang convertible into four sections and brought it to the top of the Empire State Building where it was reassembled on the observation deck. Ford will do the same thing with a 2015 Mustang this week.
You don’t have to look far to find Mustang enthusiasts -- Gail Wise bought the first-ever Mustang sold in America just two days before the car’s official introduction in New York. She and her husband held on to the car for decades and then eventually had it restored to its original condition.