1964 (technically 1964 1/2) was the first year for America’s iconic muscle car, the Ford Mustang. It has to be one of the most beautiful cars ever designed (I’m sure European sports car enthusiasts will turn up their noses at this comment). There’s just something so American and independent about this car.
Take a look at this series of photos that we found online at the Detroit Public Library.
View of men working on 1964 1/2 Mustang at Ford Motor Company plant assembly line. Handwritten on back: “1964 1/2 Mustang, Ford Mustang.”
View of a 1964 Ford Mustang coupe and 1964 Ford Mustang convertible. Handwritten on back: “Ford, Mustang, 1964.”
View of the interior of a 1964 Ford Mustang car, showing steering wheel, dashboard and instrument panel. Printed on front: “1964 Mustang.”
View of the interior of a 1964 Ford Mustang car, showing front and back seats.
These two cars are interesting. They are concept cars that were experimental show cars in the 1960s, the Mustang I and Mustang II.
View of a 1964 Ford Mustang I and 1964 Ford Mustang II concept cars. Label on back: “Immediate release. Two famous experimental show cars of the 1960’s, the Mustang I (top) and the Mustang II, have been donated by Ford Motor Company to two Detroit-area museums. Both are fully operational vehicles that were displayed at auto shows and other exhibitions across the country to judge public reaction to the cars’ unique designs and features. The production 1965-model Mustang was introduced in April, 1964. First-year sales were 418,812 — the highest for any new car ever introduced by Ford Motor Company. 11/3/75. Ford Research and Engineering Center, Dearborn, Michigan 48121. Telephone: (313) 322-8800.”
Source: Detroit Public Library
Check out what the Ford Mustang looks like today, nearly 50 years later.
Source: Clément Bucco-Lechat