Production of the Mustang started in Dearborn, Michigan on March 9, 1964 and the vehicle was presented to the public on April 17, 1964 at the New York World’s Fair. It is Ford’s 3rd oldest nameplate currently in production. Initial sales forecasts predicted less than 100,000 units for the first year. This mark was gone beyond in 3 months from rollout. Another 318,000 would be offered during the design 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 models, however several changes were made at the conventional opening of the new model year (beginning August 1964), consisting of 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 into 289 cu in. When it comes to a minimum of some six-cylinder Mustangs fitted with the 101 hp 170 cu in Falcon engine, the rush into production consisted of some unusual peculiarities, such as a horn ring bearing the ‘Ford Falcon’ logo below a trim ring emblazoned with ‘Ford Mustang.’ These qualities made adequate distinction to require designation of the 121,538 earlier ones as “1964 1/2” model-year Mustangs, a difference that has withstood with purists. Mustangs For Sale in Maricopa AZ are easy to find now with online shopping.
The 1973 OPEC oil embargo brought with it more rigid contamination laws and the desire for fuel-efficiency. This was also the first time in vehicle history that the Big 3 were needing to take on imports. The new Mustang II was smaller sized than the first version but, due to the extra equipment needed to meet new United States emission and security regulations, was heavier than the first model. Performance was lowered and in the very first year just 385,993 cars were offered.
Second generation Mustangs for sale in Maricopa AZ were available between 1974 and 1978 and offered in a coupe and hatchback variation. 1979 the Mustang was upgraded a 3rd time. This time it was based upon the bigger Fox platform and the interior was actually big enough for 4 people. The trunk was bigger therefore was the engine bay. The body styles offered included a coupe, hatchback and in 1983 a convertible. In 1979 the Third generation Mustang acted as an Indianapolis 500 speed automobile and Ford developed 10,478 commemorative reproductions. The 3rd generation Mustangs were produced from 1979 to 1982.