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Donald Farr Book marks 50 years of Ford Mustang

Think you’re totally ready for the Holiday shopping season?  Got all your Ford Mustang paraphernalia purchased?  How about trivia–got the Mustang mantra all down-pat?  If you do, well then, you’re quite ahead of the game, and set to make a mark of being a true blue-blooded Mustang enthusiast.

One special item we’ve made sure to pick up this fall, in preparation for the 50th Anniversary of the Mustang we all love, is Donald Farr’s Mustang: 50 Years book.  Donald has collected & assembled a completely detailed timeline, from a meager start  to today’s monster sales mogul, known across the entire planet.  From the re-configured, redesigned Falcon platform pony car all the way up to the 2014 Mustang and 2015 Mustang expectations, Farr’s got it all covered in composite, with photographs and text, telling the entire famous Ford tale.

There are over 400 photos of the iconic Ford Mustang in this book, so be sure to put Mustang: 50 years on your Amazon wish list, today!

The first Ford Mustang owner was…a Woman?

Guess what, it’s another Ford Mustang throwback story.  This one’s pretty good, too, you’ll think.  As you better well know by now, April 2014 will mark the 50th Anniversary of the Mustang, and it is not any particular secret Ford is planning to make this one BIG.  Seriously–why else all the hoopla for nearly a year in advance of the actual event?

Because they can.

This tidbit Ford has drug from the archives is about the first owner of a Ford Mustang.  Likely one of Shelby’s buddies, or some executive’s preferred in-the-know clientele, right?  Wrong.  The first-ever Mustang owner was a 22 year old schoolteacher from Chicago, who put down $400 (a used Chevrolet) and took out a loan to cover the balance of the then-whopping MSRP of $3419 for her eggshell blue convertible.  She states she “…was the coolest teacher in the school that year.”

And rightly so.  Check out the rest of Gail Brown’s story below, and how she was smitten with the Mustang then…and now.

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Ford Mustang Video series countdown – the Mustang II

“Like one, you’d best like ‘em all…”, my uncle used to always tell me when referring to the Ford Mustang attraction.  Others will tend to disagree, but quite frankly, if you really are a fanatic about a car, guess what–you’re going to have to own up and take the (perceived) bad along with the good.  And that’s just it; the Ford Mustang II is most commonly referred to as the bastard child of the Mustang’s long-standing good record…but if one steps back and examines the actual facts, it quickly becomes evident this little red-haired kid pretty much carried the Mustang moniker throughout some of the toughest times in American automobile history.

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How a Ford Mustang topped the Empire State Building

So just who and why would Ford Motor Company put a Ford Mustang on top of the (then) tallest building?  Why not, right?  At the least it’d make for a very cool photo opp…and that’s just what happened back in October of 1965.  A Mustang convertible was sliced into four sections small enough to make the trip up the building’s elevators for the presentation, only to be bracketed back together once into place.

So that’s the how.  Now for the why?  And as you well enough know, social media took on a different form back then.  OK, so let’s just call it “newsprint” and be done with that.  Generating buzz is the name of the game in any PR event, both now and then.

Keep reading to get the official account of the story straight from Ford; because it’s a good one.

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Trace the Ford Mustang lifespan from concept to Production

There is a lot of intel floating about right now about the forthcoming Ford Mustang 50th Anniversary, and it’s got everyone stepping back to reflect upon just how it is the pony car made it to where it has arrived, to date.  Between artists’ renderings, captivating spy shots, CGI enhancements, and the sort, no one is short-changed when it comes to imaginary speculation about what the next chapter of the Mustang shall bring in the 2014 and 2015 model years.

This time around, we’re happy to pass along a series of design concepts (sketches) which Ford kicked around the sandbox before eventually pinning the right tail on the donkey.  From the Mustang I sports car concept of 1962, to the design of 50 years later, this piece straight from ford definitely gives a solid kick towards what has been and what could be…you just have to sift through the finer details. ;)

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Ford Mustang concepts which failed to make the cut

Between 2-seaters, 4-doors, and wagons galore, let’s just say one thing now–and RIGHT now…let’s be glad the Ford Mustang is where it is, because it is what it wasn’t! There are and were lots of ideas about what the Mustang should have looked liked and what many THINK it should look like tomorrow, but it is always a bit entertaining to step back and looks inside the annals of history and contemplate what could have made it to Production. And maybe have failed.

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