Born from the imagination of Lee Iacocca, vice president and general manager of the Ford Division, the first Ford Mustang debuted on April 17, 1964 at the World’s Fair in New York. This Mustang, which was available as a coupe or convertible, featured chrome wrap around bumpers, a lengthened hood, and a shortened rear deck. The grille was honeycomb patterned, with a centered running horse in corral logo and horizontal and vertical bars extending from the corral.
While the Mustang was heavily advertised in its early days, Ford still only expected an annual sale of around 100,000 units. They were quickly blown away, however, when 22,000 Mustang orders were taken on the first day alone! By the end of that year, a total of 418,812 Mustangs were sold.
These vintage snapshots below show people posing with their Mustang cars in the 1960s. They have been the most successful cars of Ford ever.