Have to admit to being a little entranced with some of the Mustang myth and mystique that has been reported during this year’s celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Pony’s introduction. There’s an article we read recently on the Henry Ford Museum blog detailing the history behind the first serialized Mustang (100001) and its accidental original owner, Captain Stanley Tucker, a Canadian airline pilot.
April 17 marks the 49th anniversary of the introduction of the Ford Mustang. More than a million of them were sold in the first 24 months — still the record for the most successful new car introduction.
The first Mustangs are technically referred to as 1964 1/2 because they were released in the spring, when there was less competition from the usual fall vehicle introductions.
Classic Auto Air is now offering rebuilding services for 1979 – 1993 Mustang Fox Body evaporator/heater plenums. Anyone who has removed one of these units to change a heater coil knows that you don’t want to have to do it twice, and anyone who has tried to change the evaporator knows how difficult it can be to do so without damaging the evaporator housing.
Classic Auto Air now offers a Hi-Po A/C engine compartment upgrade kit for 1987 to 1993 Mustang Fox Body classics. This ultra high-performance engine compartment upgrade kit makes it easy for even a novice to upgrade and convert factory installed air-conditioning in a Mustang classic to the more modern 134a refrigerant with improved performance.
Inspired by the success of the compact Falcon, Ford saw an opportunity for a lower-priced, small, performance car and on April 17, 1964 introduced the Mustang. Please join us in wishing this American classic a happy 48th birthday.
The spring introduction meant there was less competition from the usual fall vehicle introductions and is why the first Mustangs are technically referred to as 1964 1/2. The Mustang was an instant hit and with over a million sold in the 1st 24 months, this iconic classic still holds the record for most successful new car introduction. The compact, sporty, long hood-short deck design of the original Mustangs is an American classic. The Mustang is the only car Tiffany & Co ever honored with is Award for Excellence in American Design. Although the inline 6 was standard, almost 3/4’s of the buyers opted for one of the V8 upgrades.
Factory Air conditioning was not available on the 1964-66 Mustangs, although a dealer installed under dash system similar to Classic Auto Air’s “Daily Driver”™ was available.