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Originally the Ford Mustang was brought out five months before the normal start of the 1965 production year. The earliest versions are often referred to as 1964 and a half models, but VIN coded by Ford and titled the car as 1965 a model with production beginning in Dearborn, Michigan on March 9, 1964 with the new first model was introduced to the public on April 17, 1964 at the New York World’s Fair.
The main man behind the beautiful styling of this beautiful car was John Najjar who was a great fan of the second World War P-51 Mustang fighter plane which is commonly credited by Ford to have made this suggestion for the cars name. In conception John Najjar co-designed the first prototype of the Ford Mustang which at that time was called the Ford Mustang mark I which left the drawing board in 1961, he worked in partnership with fellow Ford stylist Philip T.
Clark. The Mustang I made its first official debut at the United States Grand Prix in Watkins Glen, New York on October 7, 1962, at the track the test driver who was also a highly rated and successful Formula One race driver named Dan Gurney lapped the track in a demonstration using the second in a series of race prototype vehicles. Amazingly his lap times were only slightly off that of the pace of the Formula 1 race cars.
Another view of the Ford Mustang was that of Robert J. Eggert a Ford Division market research manager who first suggested the name Mustang for this vehicle. Eggert was a breeder of quarter horses who at the time received a birthday present from his wife which was a book dedicated to The Mustangs by J. Frank Dobie in 1960. After reading the book’s title it gave him the idea of adding the “Mustang” name for Ford’s latest new concept design. The original designer of the car actually preferred Cougar or Torino and the first advertising campaign using the Torino name was actually prepared but the main man Henry Ford II decided on the name T-bird II.
The person responsible for Ford’s research on possible names was Eggert who added Mustang to the list to be tested by the public and the name Mustang ended up being easily the most popular when it came out on top under the heading of most Suitable for the name of this Special Car. The name could not be used in Germany at this time because the brand name Mustang was currently owned by Krupp who manufactured trucks between 1951 and 1964 using the infamous name Mustang. The name was offered to Ford but they refused to buy the name because the asking price was too high at US$10,000 and so declined Krupp at the time. In Germany at this time Kreidler manufactured mopeds and also used the name and so because of this the Ford Mustang was sold in Germany and named the Ford T-5 until December 1978.
Mustangs started out as a relatively small car but then grew larger and heavier with each newly designed model until the response of the 1971–1973 updates and then Ford returned the vehicle in its original size and concept in 1974. Since then the car has seen several overhauled designs. Although some other pony style cars have seen a renewed interest in recent times the Ford Mustang is the only original pony type vehicle to remain in continuous production for what is now over fifty years of development and production.
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