Passage: 50th anniversary of the Mustang

It happens this week . . . the golden anniversary of a car that's galloped into automotive history.

It was April 17th, 1964, when the Ford Mustang made its debut at the New York World's Fair.

Ford predicted its newly-introduced model ("the car that dreams are made of") would sell about 100,000 cars.

In fact, with a sticker price of $2,368, more than 400,000 Mustangs were sold that year.

Over the years, Ford has sold more than nine million Mustangs.

And they've turned up in all sorts of places -- perhaps most notably atop New York's Empire State Building. Ford engineers transported it to top of the building where it was reassembled for photographers.

Ford plans to recreate the stunt on Wednesday, as one of America's most celebrated cars saddles up for its next 50 years.


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