Production of the Mustang started in Dearborn, Michigan on March 9, 1964 and the automobile was presented to the general public on April 17, 1964 at the New York World’s Fair. It is Ford’s third earliest nameplate currently in production. Original sales forecasts projected less than 100,000 units for the first year. This mark was surpassed in 3 months from rollout. Another 318,000 would be offered throughout the model year (a record), and in its first eighteen months, more than one million Mustangs were developed.
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All these were VIN-identified as 1965 designs, but several modifications were made at the standard opening of the new design year (start August 1964), including the addition of back-up lights on some designs, the introduction of alternators to replace generators, and an upgrade of the V8 engine from 260 cu in to 289 cu in. When it comes to at least some six-cylinder Mustangs fitted with the 101 hp 170 cu in Falcon engine, the rush into production consisted of some unusual quirks, such as a horn ring bearing the ‘Ford Falcon’ logo beneath a trim ring emblazoned with ‘Ford Mustang.’ These characteristics made enough distinction to call for designation of the 121,538 earlier ones as “1964 1/2” model-year Mustangs, a distinction that has actually endured with perfectionists. Mustangs For Sale in San Lorenzo CA are easy to find now with online shopping.
The 1973 OPEC oil embargo brought with it more stringent pollution laws and the desire for fuel-efficiency. This was also the first time in automobile history that the Big 3 were needing to take on imports. The brand-new Mustang II was smaller than the first version but, due to the additional equipment required to fulfill new US emission and safety policies, was heavier than the first design. Efficiency was decreased and in the first year only 385,993 cars were offered.
Second generation Mustangs for sale in San Lorenzo CA were readily available between 1974 and 1978 and offered in a coupe and hatchback version. 1979 the Mustang was redesigned a third time. This time it was based upon the larger Fox platform and the interior was actually large enough for four people. The trunk was bigger and so was the engine bay. The body styles available included a coupe, hatchback and in 1983 a convertible. In 1979 the Third generation Mustang acted as an Indianapolis 500 rate automobile and Ford developed 10,478 celebratory replicas. The third generation Mustangs were produced from 1979 to 1982.