This April 17, Ford Mustang meet 56-year-old, then that on this day, in 1964, was officially presented at the New York World’s Fair. And although it is not the time to get behind the wheel, yes you may remember her role as a movie star.
Especially since the iconic model celebrates two milestones of global sales, as sports more sold of the world and, for the fifth time, as a sports coupe more sold.
“We are proud of our range Mustang and its performance,” said Jim Farley, ceo of Ford Motor Company. “From Sweden to Shanghai, each time more fans of the engine, enjoying the sense of freedom” of the sports most sold in the united States in the last 50 years.
Mustang sold last year to a total 102.090 units, according to the latest registration data of vehicles of the IHS Markit, which makes the sports car more sold in the world in 2019. During this period, the sales of the Mustang in Germany increased by 33 %, in Poland almost 50% and in France nearly doubled.
The year 2019 also marks the fifth year in a row that Mustang was sporty coupe sold in the world. Coupes sports, according to the definition of IHS Markit, include models of two-doors and convertibles.
That is what has become a key player not only in the streets but also in the film.
James Bond: Goldfinger (1964), Thunderball (1965), Diamonds Are Forever (1971)
While Mustang has appeared in thousands of films and television programmes, he made his debut on the big screen in Goldfinger, where the model 1964 Tilly Masterson has a final unfortunate. To Bond addition he goes a lot better when it is collected by a Mustang 1965 in The Bahamas in Thunderball.
A few years later, the spy puts to the test a Mustang Mach 1, 1971, in a sequence of persecution memorable through Las Vegas, escaping through an alley on two wheels. The trick was done by the legendary specialist Bill Hickman.
It was starring Steve McQueen and includes one of the scenes in the car most emblematic of the history. The Mustang GT Fastback 1968 is part of an epic chase of 10 minutes and 53 seconds through the streets of San Francisco. The music director of the film, Lalo Schifrin, suggested that do not add music to the sequence, noting that the sound of the car launched it was powerful enough. That’s what it was.
After many years out of the route (including a failed attempt by Steve McQueen to re-buy it), the original vehicle was sold in an auction earlier this year by the incredible sum of 3.74 million dollars.
This film inspired several special editions of the Mustang Bullitt, including the years 2001, 2008 and 2019.
60 seconds (1974, 2000)
Made famous by its production, which included more than 100 vehicles for the shoot. 60 seconds featured a Ford Mustang Sportsroof 1971, baptized as Eleanor, a model that estelariza a spectacular leap 10 meters in height.
For the new version of 2000, starring Nicolas Cage and Angelina Jolie, the role of Eleanor was played by a Shelby GT500 from 1967. It created seven replicas of the car for the filming, five were used for the sequences of acrobatics and the remaining two were left in the hands of Cage and executive producer of the film.
Need For Speed (2014)
One of the protagonists of Breaking Bad, Aaron Paul plays a street racer who recently released from prison that participates in a race across the united States, with revenge in mind. The film is based on the video game series of the same name. Need for Speed obviously needed a mega-star of the motor to move the main character to his redemption, and that machine was a Mustang.
On the tape appears a Shelby GT500 Super Snake 2013. Not as a spoiler, in the final scene before the credits, the Mustang GT 2015 also makes act of presence. Fans of this model will also be able to recognize in one of the scenes, that the movie that plays at the drive-in is the pursuit of MCQueen in Bullitt.
John Wick (2014) John Wick 2 (2017)
When it comes to movies explosive killers, rude, series John Wick is one of the best of the modern era. Its protagonist is Keanu Reeves, and the model chosen was the Mustang Mach 1 of 1969, a car that coincides with the explosive reputation of Wick, quick-action and decisive.
Directed by Chad Stahelski (The Matrix), John Wick and its first sequel will focus on revenge that you want to arrange a hired killer retired for the theft of his car and murder his dog. So iconic is the car that the shop that receives the Mustang stolen recognizes the model and his owner, refusing to change the VIN for fear of the legendary brutality of John Wick. The next hour of film, followed by the first few minutes of the sequel, recreates the recovery of Mustang.
This is not the first time that Keanu Reeves drives a Mustang classic for a movie. In Point Break, 1991, took the wheel of a Mustang Mach 1 from 1970, is quite similar to your Mustang John Wick. Keanu Reeves said that he did 90% of his stunts in the film, which, presumably, means that he himself carried out some of these incredible movements of driving.
Ford vs Ferrari/Le Mans ’66 (2019)
Why a story about Le Mans sneaks into this list of movies? Lee Ioccoca, which came to be known as the “Father of the Mustang”, plays a critical role in getting that Carroll Shelby gave life to some of the best machines of the Ford.
Based on the true story of Shelby, the pilot Ken miles and his trip to Le Mans with the Ford GT40; this movie, double Oscar winner, it has excellent performances, and sequences of dramatic racing that will keep you gripped until the checkered flag. Once you’ve marked your list of “should I see”.
Bonus track: I Am Legend
If you were the last man on earth, what conducirías in the deserted streets of a New York postapocalíptica? The character of Will Smith, Robert Neville, chose a Mustang Shelby GT500 red 2007 and your partner (plus your dog) in their struggle for survival.