If there is one car that needs no introduction, it has to be the 1964 Ford Mustang! Nonetheless, here hoes: it was the result of efforts by Ford executive Lee Iacocca, and based on the chassis and floor-pan of the Ford Falcon line. It was originally offered in three models: a notchback coupe, a hatchback and a convertible, and in order to give more choice, model could be customized in an endless range of options, which gave customers real leeway in designing their own cars. Interior trim was available in several options, of course, but the brakes, engine and transmission all featured plenty of options. To say the Mustang was popular is not to do it justice; Ford sold over 400,000 of them in the first year, reaching the million mark by 1966. It remains one of the fastest selling, most popular cars in history.
For those only looking for a good-looking car, a relatively weak straight-six engine could be ordered, but for true enthusiasts, nothing but a V8 would do, and even there, Ford offered buyers plenty of choice, with 3 options available. The most powerful of them was the 289 cubic inch ‘HiPo’ Windsor V8, which developed 271 horsepower. Top speed was 130 miles per hour, and 0-60 acceleration, only 8.2 seconds.
The 1964 Ford Mustang is an iconic vehicle, certainly, but since the Mustang has been in more or less continuous production since then, many other models have become incredibly popular. Nothing can replace, however, the simple, straightforward style and design that helped define a generation.