Ford's Mustang Turns 50

By WTVO WQRF Newsroom

Published 04/18 2014 07:55PM

Updated 04/18 2014 08:19PM

WTVO/WQRF - The year long celebration for the Ford Mustang has begun.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the classic pony car. Ford introduced the Mustang on April 17th, 1964 for just $2,400.

The company originally hoped for annual sales of 100,000 cars, but on the first day alone 22,000 were ordered. Within two years, sales hit the coveted 1 million mark.

Local Mustang enthusiasts believe the car paved the way for other American muscle cars.

"It was the first," says Hawkeye O'Saben, Rock Valley Mustang Club Activity Chairman. "It's like there wasn't a breed before that and it's been dominating ever since."

If you'd like to join the Rock Valley Mustang Club, click here.

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