In 1964, Ford introduced a new kind of sports car that it hoped would capture the attention of both young people and driving enthusiasts. Executives conservatively estimated they might be able to sell 100,000 units in its first year. Instead, it sold 400,000 and went on to become the longest-produced car in Ford Motor Company’s history.
The Mustang is a distinctly American sports car, originally served up to the sprawling baby boom generation as it came of age in the mid-1960s. It has spawned countless imitations from other automobile manufacturers, including Camaro, Firebird, Challenger, ‘Cuda, and Javelin, and created an enduring class called the pony car.
When the 10-millionth Mustang rolled off the Ford assembly line in August 2018, it was part of the sixth generation, which began in 2015 and is still being produced. Currently, the Mustang is available in several high-performance variations, including GT, Bullitt, Mach 1 and Shelby GT350, GT350R and GT500.
These models are all available with V-8 engines that begin at 460 horsepower and go all the way up to a stump-pulling 760 horsepower. Power is transferred to the rear wheels via either a six-speed manual or ten-speed automatic transmission. The current generation is also served by an independent rear suspension, greatly improving cornering abilities at high speeds.
The interior of the current generation pays proper homage to the original Mustang, but also offers plenty of modern amenities, like heated and cooled front seats, Wi-Fi, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and a chest-thumping stereo system.