Ford Although it may not seem like it, it is always a conservative manufacturer. It’s true that they revolutionized the industry with the series production Ford T, but the car itself didn’t really represent anything new or groundbreaking. They also launched, several decades later, the Ford Thunderbird as an answer to the Chevrolet Corvette, which was born because General Motors wanted to compete against imported European sports models.
The North American company began to produce less conservative models when Lee Iacocca became the director of the company in place of McManara, making the company a manufacturer of traditional cars. Iacocca developed a sports model on the Ford Falcon platform, an ooche, as McManara likes, traditional and conservative, the complete opposite of Iacocca. The project was first known as the T-5, then as the Cougar, but ended in production as Ford Mustang.
There were many prototypes before the arrival of the final car, some of which were quite unusual, with the engine placed in the center and with only four cylinders, but the final design, the work of Joe Oros and his team – consisted of L. David Ash, Gale Halderman and John Foster – presented at the 1964 World’s Fair with a convertible body. The Mustang is part of the “Total Performance” program, which will bring Ford back to top-level competition, with the aim of changing the image of the company – this is when Ford attacked the 24 Hours of Le Mans with GT40 and when it is developed. the V8 DFS for F1 with Cosworth–.
Finally, the production Ford Mustang was shown in 1964 and created a stir that is still surprising today. On the first day of the presentation, 22,000 orders were registered, 22,000 in one day!! Six months later they exceeded 100,000 units sold. Few cars can boast such success, especially if it is a fairly groundbreaking model in the United States like the Ford Mustang. For example, only the position of the gear selector, on the floor and between the seats, is a statement of purpose on the other side of the Atlantic, because there, usually, the gear selector is on the steering column. The fact of placing it on the ground, a detail that may not be important, explains that the Mustang hides a great sporting spirit.
It was launched on the market with two bodies and offered with two engines: a six-cylinder and of course, a V8, but it is also offered with a large list of options, so that each customer can shape their Ford Mustang and able. it is unique, unique, which does not match any other unit. In 1965 the Mustang Fastback, the Mustang GT and the Shelby GT350 appeared. In 1967, a design change was made to increase, even more, the sales of the model and the brutal Shelby GT500 showed its 428 V8 with 355 HP.
The Ford Mustang is more than just a car, it is the best-selling sports car in the world – according to Ford – and a model that has created its own culture around it. It has as many fans around the world as detractors and is possibly an immortal model that we will see converted to electric over time.