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The Ford Mustang In Pop Culture

Updated on June 30, 2016

1964 Ford Mustang Convertible

1964 Ford Mustang Convertible serial number one
1964 Ford Mustang Convertible serial number one | Source

YouTube - 1964 1/2 Replica by Danbury Mint

1964 Ford Mustang Convertible (First Generation)

If it is true that this American car sold over 100,000 units in 1964 (in less than three months - sited from Wiki), then I can see why it has embedded itself into American culture. My second all time favorite vehicle is the Mustang and it is the only other vehicle that I can see myself driving in the future (ssh don't tell my Jeep Wrangler).

The Ford Mustang has 50 years experience and several generations of designs in which modifications were made to the design to make it more economical while improving on the generation prior. The first generation Mustangs were built between 1964 - 1973 and created a new class of vehicle known as the Pony car. The term pony is derived from the compact car that happened to be affordable, compact and yet stylish. The earliest Mustangs are considered, by many, as 1964 1/2 due to its release months ahead of the typical automobile release schedule (production year 1965).

During the normal automobile production for 1965, late in 1964, came the release of second generation Ford Falcon and second generation Mercury Comet. In case you were wondering, the Jeep CJ-5 was the popular model during the era the Mustang first became available in the American car market.

The first generation Ford Mustang was assembled in many locations including Dearborn, Michigan (home of Henry Ford and world headquarters of the Ford Motor Company).

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The Mustang in Philly and St. Michael's

1960s Light Blue Ford Mustang - convertible and manual transmission - 2007 - St. Michael's, Maryland
1960s Light Blue Ford Mustang - convertible and manual transmission - 2007 - St. Michael's, Maryland | Source
1960s Red Ford Mustang - convertible and manual transmission - 2008 - St. Michael's, Maryland
1960s Red Ford Mustang - convertible and manual transmission - 2008 - St. Michael's, Maryland | Source
A special thanks to Carol for allowing me to take this picture of a mint condition 1965 Light Blue Mustang
A special thanks to Carol for allowing me to take this picture of a mint condition 1965 Light Blue Mustang | Source
Black Convertible Ford Mustang - 2010 - Philly, Pa
Black Convertible Ford Mustang - 2010 - Philly, Pa | Source

Automobiles Production in 1964 - 1965

Falcon (second generation)
Comet (second generation)
1950s - 1960s

My Top 3 Ford Mustang Cars

There are many things in this world that just make you stop in your tracks, drop your jaw and cry out wow! I have been fortunate enough to see many of these things such as a beautiful yellow, orange, red tequila sunrise, a sunset over the bay and ocean, snow and ice capped mountains and a stylish convertible Mustang (actually I saw three convertible Mustangs)

In the pictures above are the three Mustang automobile pictures that landed in my top 3 (presented in no particular order).

In 2007 during our annual visit to St. Michael's, Maryland, we headed into town for a day of shopping and landed in front of my favorite store called Flamingo Flats - a great spice store. Directly outside the spice store, in the parking lot was a beautiful light blue 1964 1/2 Ford Mustang with a three speed automatic transmission. I would have preferred the three or four speed manual but it was still a gorgeous vehicle.

In 2010 during our annual 5k marathon (some run but I walk) down in Philadelphia was the Susan B. Komen Race For The Cure cancer event. The event typically has a 5k run and a 3k walk. Like I said, I do not run so when I finished my walk and waited for my wife to finish her run, I turned around to look at the surroundings. What I saw was a slick black convertible, five speed manual transmission Ford Mustang with a pink strip that ran along the side of the car.

In 2013 also during a summer vacation to St. Michael's, Maryland and also in the parking lot of Flamingo Flats was a gorgeous bright red 1965 Ford Mustang with a three speed manual transmission. I wanted to get in this car and take it for a drive but I settled for a picture with a beautiful model (my wife) standing near the rear. Naturally, I had to leave my wife out of the picture in the spirit of preserving her identity and that is why only half of the car is shown.

In present day following a scheduled computer visit to one of our PA clients, we walked out of their kitchen into the garage. We noticed a car that was covered with a grey tarp. When I asked the woman what was under the tarp - she quickly replied "1965 convertible Mustang - fully restored". When I asked her if I could take a picture she did not hesitate to pull the tarp off and the last picture is what I took.

YouTube - First Ford Mustang Sold

Top 3 Mustangs in James Bond Movies

The following movies all have had a member from the Mustang family as a supporting cast member. For me, a lover of James Bond films and the Mustang, it is now time to watch Bond movies.

  • Ford Mustang convertible in Goldfinger (1964)
  • Ford Mustang convertible in Thunderball (1965)
  • Ford Mustang Mach I in Diamonds Are Forever (1971)

Top 3 Mustangs in Pop Music

The word Mustang can also be found throughout the music industry from band names to song names and videos - all with a reference to the Ford Mustang.

  • Chuck Berry "My Ford Mustang" in 1966
  • Vanilla Ice song "Rollin in my 5.0"
  • Wilson Pickett single in 1966 called "Mustang Sally"

Top 3 Mustangs in Prime Time Television

Charlie's Angels does not just have the famous Farrah Fawcett poster but the television show character also drove a Ford Mustang.

  • Charlies Angels - Jill Monroe (Farrah Fawcett)
  • Knight Rider featured a Ford Mustang Shelby as KITT in the television series
  • Spenser for Hire main character drove a 1966 Ford Mustang

The Mustang Generations

Luckily for me Ford continued building the Mustang which has more models listed than the Victoria's Secret catalog. Listed below are the generations of the Mustang along with the years they existed.

  • First generation - (1964 - 1973)
  • Second generation - (1974 - 1978)
  • Third generation - (1979 - 1993)
  • Fourth generation - (1994 - 2004)
  • Fifth generation - (2005 - 2014)
  • Sixth generation - (2015 - ???)

2015 Ford Mustang Customized for Me

2015 5 speed manual, blue convertible Mustang customized for me (see details below)
2015 5 speed manual, blue convertible Mustang customized for me (see details below) | Source

The Mustang Parked

The style of the Mustang has lasted over time - 50 years in fact (that is one thing in common between pop culture and me). I have to pay tribute to anyone or anything that has lasted 50 years and this pop culture phenomenon is a real gem. From its introduction in 1964 through present day, the car is slick and stylish. While I will not be trading in my 2009 Jeep Wrangler X anytime soon, every once in a while I like to live on a dream that one I can actually drive around in my own original classic convertible 1964 1/2 Ford Mustang (only for local driving of course). I also like to live on a dream and thing that I could own a brand new Ford Mustang configured through the Mustang website and have it shipped directly to my Pennsylvania home. Here are the options that I selected when I built my own virtual Mustang to celebrate 50 years.

  1. convertible
  2. V6
  3. 6 speed manual
  4. special seat and wheel equipment group
  5. blue exterior color
  6. black interior color
  7. all weather floor mats
  8. AM / FM stereo with single CD player, MP3 AUX port
  9. cloth seats
  10. net price $31,015 US dollars

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Interesting article all bout the Mustang. Thank you for the history and its role in our culture. Voted up!

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      mts1098 3 years ago from InsideTheManCave

      thank you MsDora as I do appreciate your feedback. If I ever do get a Mustang, I will reserve a ride for you (unless of course you prefer the Jeep :)

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