Ford Mustang Essay

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This paper is about the history of the Ford Mustang from 1960 to 1969. The first Mustang to role off the assembly line was in 1964. The end of the first anniversary sold 418,812 Mustangs. The Mustang was never the same every year. In 1961, Vice President and general manager, Lee Lacocca had a vision. He wanted a car that would seat four, have bucket seats; a floor mounted shifter, but to be no longer than 180 inches and weight less than 2500 pounds. This car would sell for less than $2,500.00. This vision allowed the Mustang to be born. On March 9th, 1954 the first Mustang rolled off the assembly line. To keep production costs down many parts from the Mustang were borrowed from the Falcon. On April 16th, 1964, the day before its release, Ford had commercials on ABC, NBC, and CBS at 9:30 p.m. On April 17th, 1964 people stormed in the Ford showrooms. Ford sold over 22,000 Mustangs the first day. At the end of the year they had sold 418,812 Mustangs. The 1964 1/2, as it was later called, was available in only two models, the Coupe and the Convertible. In late 1964 Ford teamed with Carroll Shelby to build the fastback. They built it to compete with the corvette. There was 562 built in 1951, 550 street models and 12 race models. There were a total of 2,378 Shelby GT 350’s built in 1966. The ’67 Shelby was extended three inches. The hood had a massive dual scoop. They came out with the GT 500 in 1967. The ford 390 in the Mustang opened the path for the big block Shelby. With that they installed the 428 cid engines. The 428 had 355 horsepower and 420 foot-pounds of torque. They built 3,225 Shelbys’ in 1967-1,175 GT 350’s and 2,050 GT 500’s. In 1968 they started attaching Cobra to the breed. You could also get the 428 Cobra Jet in the GT 500’s. With that they came out with the GT 500 KRC (for King of the Road)which had the 428 Cobra Jet engine in it. The hood on

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