Michigan, United States. The April 17, 1964 Ford Motor Company presented to the world in the New York World’s fair a vehicle destined to become a legend: The Mustanga coupe that thanks to its aggressive design, high performance and affordable price, embodies the spirit of what must be a authentic american sportsand such was its acceptance that only that day occurred more than 20,000 purchase requests this Pony Car that we know today as the model 64 1/2.
Nobody would imagine, even Lee Iacocca, then vice president of Ford and the creator of this model, the success that I would have the Mustang –with a base price of 2,368 dollars– that before reaching a year of its release broke all records of sales, which reached 100 thousand units: a year after the 400 thousand and two years later came the million vehicles.
Today, 56 years after the birth of this legend, the Ford Mustang is celebrating its birthday with two awards are unique for their sales: Winner of the sports car and its fifth title as the sporty coupe sold in the world, in addition to being the sporty vehicle sold in the united States in the last 50 years.
Driven by their higher performance line, Mustang sold 102,090 units, according to the data of registration of new vehicles over recent 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 percent, in Poland sales increased by almost 50 percent, and in France, nearly doubled.
The year 2019 also marks the fifth year in a row that Mustang is the sporty coupe sold in the world. The premium sport coupe, as defined by IHS Markit, include models of two-doors and convertibles.
“We are proud of our growing variants of performance and performance of the Mustang,” said Jim Farley, director of operations of Ford Motor Company. “From Sweden to Shanghai, more and more enthusiastic of the steering wheel, enjoying the sense of freedom that our Mustangs have to offer. For 56 years we have had the honor of serving our customers, enthusiasts and fans and we will continue to rely”.
The legend is more alive than ever
The Ford Mustang is already part of popular culture, has appeared in more than 9,000 films, television series, songs and video games, although perhaps the most remembered is alongside Steve McQueen in the classic film of the sixties ‘Bullitt’.
Ford offers to its customers a new golden age of performance Mustang with up to 12 models enthusiasts available all over the world. These variants of Mustang models include the EcoBoost and GT, each with two options performance Package, Mustang Bullitt, Mustang Shelby GT350 and handling Package available, Shelby GT350R, the more Shelby GT500 with handling Package and Package options of pathways of carbon fiber.
The company’s blue oval welcomes the fact that more and more enthusiastic of the steering wheel, enjoying the sense of freedom that their Mustangs offer, and although now might not be the best time to get behind the wheel of an adventure or journey’s unnecessary, it’s the perfect time to gather with family and celebrate the Mustang with something film.
Below, we share top movies in the Mustang not only has it been seen as a protagonist, but, in some, might even be seen as the hero:
James Bond: Goldfinger (1964), Thunderball (1965), Diamonds Are Forever (1971)
While the original and iconic british spy may or may not be associated with Ford, there have been several papers in which the protagonists have been the vehicles of the blue oval, especially the celebrated Mustang. Although the Mustang has appeared in thousands of films and television programs, made its debut in Goldfinger, a film in which the Ford Mustang of Tilly Masterson in 1964 has a final unfortunate.
In Thunderball, Bond achieves the best results when it is collected by a Mustang of 1965 in the Bahamas, and a few years later, Bond is put to the test a Mustang Mach 1, 1971, as a car exhaust in a sequence of persecution memorable through Las Vegas.
Starring Steve McQueen, Bullitt has been possibly the feature film car most emblematic of the history. The Mustang GT Fastback 1968, in a classic Dark Green color Highland, starred in an epic chase of 11 minutes for the undulating streets of San Francisco. After many years off the road (including a failed attempt by Steve McQueen to re-buy it), the original vehicle was sold in an auction in early 2020 by the incredible amount of $ 3.74 million dollars. Over the years, the film inspired several special editions of the Bullitt Mustang, including the models 2001, 2008 and 2019.
60 seconds (1974, 2000)
Famous for its production something reckless (it says that more than 100 vehicles were destroyed or damaged during the filming), the original tape of 60 seconds, presented a Ford Mustang Sportsroof 1971, under the name of “Eleanor”. During the movie, the Mustang was the protagonist of one of the jumps car more impressive in that it flew to 9 meters in the air while traveling at 39 meters distance; leaving most unscathed from this sequence, the muscle car that the director and star H. B. Halicki, who suffered a compression column in the landing
For the “remake” made in the year 2000, starring Nicholas Cage and Angelina Jolie, the role of Eleanor was “interpreted” by a Shelby GT500 from 1967. It created seven replicas of Eleanor for the production, five of which were completely destroyed during the sequences of acrobatics. At the end of the shoot, the remaining two were for the main star and the executive producer of the film, respectively.
Need For Speed (2014)
Channeling the criminal characteristics which distinguished him during his days on Breaking Bad, Aaron Paul plays a street racer who has recently been released from prison, which are involved in a race with a plan of revenge in mind. Based on the video game series of the same name, Need for Speed I would obviously need a machine with a motor mega star to move to the protagonist of the film towards his redemption, and that machine was definitely a Mustang.
Mustang was dominated by a Shelby GT500 Super Snake Wide Body 2013, that has a supercharged V8 5.8 liter engine in two different sequences; with 662 horsepower, and the other with a phenomenal 850 hp.
John Wick (2014) John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)
When it comes to movies explosive killers, harsh, involved, series John Wick is one of the best of the modern era. And although the life of Wick seems ideally minimalist, clean, and tidy, your choice of wheels was something more than unexpected and brutal. Presenting the Mustang Mach 1 of 1969, a car that coincides with the explosive reputation of Wick, quick-action and decisive.
Directed by the double of Keanu Reeves (Chad Stahelski) of The Matrix, John Wick, and its first sequel, focus on the theft of the prized possession of the killer namesake retired. So iconic is the car in which the sweat shop that receives the Mustang refuses to dismantle it and change the VIN, for fear of the legendary brutality of John Wick. For approximately the next hour, followed by the first few minutes of the sequel, it is indeed a terrible recovery from the Mustang vintage stolen.
Ford vs Ferrari/Le Mans ’66 (2019)
Perhaps you’re wondering how a story about Le Mans “sneaks” in a list of movies Mustang, but those of you that have paid attention you will have seen Lee Loccoca, known as the “Father of the Mustang”, to play a significant role in bringing Carroll Shelby who made one of the best machines of the Ford. And let’s not forget the revelation real of the Mustang in the film, where a stirring speech of Shelby, played by Oscar winner, Matt Damon, almost lost the genius automotive of your abrasive mechanical race, Ken miles, played by Christian Bale, also a winner of the Oscar.
Based on the true story of Shelby, miles and his trip to Le Mans with the Ford GT40, this movie two times winner of the Oscar, has excellent performances, and sequences of dramatic racing that will keep you gripped until the chequered flag.
I Am Legend
If you were the last man on earth, what conducirías in the streets open and deserted of a New York postapocalíptica? The character of Will Smith, Robert Neville, chose a Mustang Shelby GT500 2007 red supercharged as his companion (besides his dog) in their struggle for survival.
The reports suggest that, of the six cars built for the film, five were damaged or crushed after the movie ended, leaving one for auction to collectors. The production company retained the car for a few years, but it seems that it was sold at a car dealership in Connecticut at the end of 2019, where he was on the list for $ 150,000.