F LAT ROCK, Michigan – Three P-51 Mustangs punished Ford’s spreading factory here southwest of its Dearborn headquarters as the 10 million Mustang car rolled in the parking lot. Jim Farley, president of Ford Motor Company’s global markets, had just explained how the Ford Mustang has always been named after the American WWII “Who Released The World.”
Ford Mustang number-10 million is a Wimbledon White GT convertible (not a standard color of the configurator) with black interior, echoing Ford Mustang number one borrowed from The Henry Ford Museum. While the 2019 Mustang GT has a 460-hp 5.0-liter GT, 1965- or “64-1
/2, which some would call it-Mustang has a 4.3-liter 260 hp. The original was built with a three-speed automatic gearbox while the new was built, not with the 10-speed automatic transmission you expect, but with a six-way manual. There is hope for us.
Based on a price list in the “Standard Catalog of American Cars 1946-1975” we would appreciate that the 1965 Ford Mustang Convertible number one had a sticker of about $ 3,450. 2019 Ford Mustang GT Convertible would stick for more than 13 times that price. Such arcane Mustang trivia were in the air Wednesday, starting with collecting more than 60 of the iconic Ford sports cars featured at the Dearborn World Headquarters, which featured in the 1950s, 19459008, 19459009, 19459008, 19459000 continued to the assembly center in a police escorted parade.
“Is it not interesting that today when thinking about Mustang, do you think about the car, not the horse?” Said Ford CEO Jim Hackett at World HQ. Unfortunately, he missed Farley’s tutoring later in the morning. To be fair, early Ford Mustang advertisements presented pictures of galloping horses behind the pictures on the car, not pictures of stylish WWII aircraft.
Hackett said he had bought his wife a Mustang convertible as she worried about her new suburban Metro Detroit area.
“I said,” honey, that’s the point. “”
Hackett’s own Mustang GT is, he said, “my happy place.”
An early Ford Mustang coupe, black vinyl over dark maroon, is a lucky place for Bob Shrader of Harrison Township. He is the third owner of the car, equipped with a 260 V-8 and three-speed automatic, built June 15, 1964, 66,539 th outside the line.
Alan Young, Harrison, Michigan, was there with one of three Mustang IIs, his 1974 Ghia. Although this was the “luxury” Ford Mustang II trim, his white vinyl over green features manual steering, mechanical brakes, 2.3-liter I-4, four speed manual transmission, and yet it also has air conditioning. 
“I’ve spent the last 12 years,” he said. Not as much a problem for pre-Mustang II or post-II Fox-body examples (no probes showed).
The second of the two Hunter Green 68 Mustangs that Steve McQueen ran in “Bullitt” was at hand, as was Chris Terry, who bought his 65 -okay, 64 -1 / 2-Mustang Convertible two days before Lee Iacocca officially presented the car on April 17, 1964 at New York’s World Trade Fair.
Total production of the First Ford Mustang was 121,538 pieces and convertibles for the short 64-1 / 2 production according to the “Standard Catalog” and another 559,451 was produced for the entire 1965 model year setting “the world’s most popular sports car” as Jim Farley calls it, in perspective.
Sports cars, including those with rear seats, are not mass market cars, especially in the age of sports / commercial vehicles. Even with Ford Mustang sales recently expanded to world markets, there are on average about 185,000 cars a year. And the number has fallen this year, with only 81,866 sold in the US in 2017 and 42,428 for the first half of this year. The good news is that Ford understands the cartoon character’s drawing value on this icon, and this American sports car has a bright future, with the Shelby GT 500 due next year and a hybrid Mustang due to 2020.