Bradley Belcher started building his award-winning 1965 Ford Mustang Fastback at age 13 and now supports other Mustang fans through the Millennial Mustang Registry
As milestones go, this one is huge. Just a little more than 54 years after the first Ford Mustang was unveiled at the 1964 World’s Fair in New York, the 10-millionth one rolled off the assembly line. It’s been an amazing journey, as Mustang has solidified its place in American automotive history – the sport coupe for everyone.
Let’s start by looking back at the first production model sold.
A Canadian airline pilot, Capt. Stanley Tucker, may be one of the most famous Mustang owners of all time. His date with destiny started one day in 1964, when he was drawn to a gorgeous Wimbledon White Mustang in a Ford showroom. He took a test drive and bought the car on the spot, acquiring 5F08F100001 – the first production Mustang.
It turns out, the purchase never should have happened, as initial production cars are intended for demonstrations and promotions, not showrooms. Clerical errors were to blame, and once Ford realized what had happened, Stanley was made an offer to sell the car back. He politely refused. He was enjoying his Mustang too much to let it go that easily.
So Ford sweetened the deal, later offering him a brand-new 1966 Mustang, customized however he wanted. Eventually, Stanley agreed and ended up trading the first production Mustang for the 1-millionth Pony car, forever linking their stories. Mustang 5F08F100001 is now on display at the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation. Sadly, the 1-millionth Mustang was lost several years after Stanley’s swap.
To pay homage to these monumental Pony cars, the 10-millionth Mustang that rolled off the line at Flat Rock, Michigan, is an Oxford White convertible, just as the other two.
When the Ford Mustang launched in 1964, it created a whole new class of vehicle. It was the world’s first Pony car—despite being named after a plane, not an animal. Designer John Najjar suggested the name Mustang after the World War II P-51 Mustang fighter plane.
Since its release, it has made appearances in more than 500 movies to date, including being featured in one of the most memorable car chase scenes in cinematic history. It’s been the subject of dozens of popular songs, including multiple love songs in which the object of desire was the car itself.
Because the truth of the matter is this: After more than 50 years of production, the Ford Mustang has managed to remain just as covetable as the day Tucker took a joy ride and brought his baby home.
And today, it hits a new milestone.
Today, August 8, 2018, Ford officially produced its 10-millionth Mustang. That’s 10 million cars that have turned heads on every road they’ve touched. Ten million cars that have taken their drivers further, all while giving them the untouchable cool that comes with driving an American classic.
The Mustang design has evolved over the decades to keep up with the newest trends and to incorporate the latest and greatest in performance technologies. Today, it remains one of the most customizable vehicles in the Ford lineup.
Whether you race it at the track or just drive one around town, you can personalize your Mustang to be as interesting as you are. From performance packages and fun colors, to creating your very own Mustang badge with the Pony Personalizer, the 2019 Mustang offers you plentiful possibilities to make it your own.
As we celebrate the 10-millionth Mustang, tell us what it is about your Pony car that makes it special. We want to hear from you in the comments section below.