How does the 10 millionth Ford Mustang compare with the first?

Ford celebrate 10 million production Mustangs with homage to the very first – a 1964 V8 convertible in Wimbledon White

Ford has celebrated the production of its 10 millionth Mustang after 54 years of continuous manufacture with a throwback to the very first production model.

Not only is the Mustang America’s best-selling sports car of the last 50 years, but figures prove Ford’s pony car remains the world’s best-selling sports car for a third year running.

Built at Ford’s Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Michigan, the 10 millionth Mustang is a 460bhp 2019 GT V8 Convertible in Wimbledon White, equipped with a six-speed manual and all the latest driver assists. There’s good reason for the specifications, too.

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The first serialised Mustang (VIN 001) produced in 1964 sported the same colour, with a three-speed manual gearbox and a V8 engine. Boasting 164bhp when new, the Mustang has evolved significantly since the first example rolled off the production line – the current V8 churns out a stock 416bhp.

Ford hailed the milestone with employee celebrations at its Dearborn headquarters and Flat Rock factory, including flyovers from three WWII-era P-51 Mustang fighter planes and a parade of rare, significant and famous Mustangs – including the original Bullitt film car.

During its 54-year production history, Mustangs were also built in San Jose, California, Metuchen, New Jersey and the original Mustang production facility in Dearborn, Michigan.

‘Mustang is the heart and soul of this company and a favorite around the world,’ said Jim Farley, president of global markets, Ford Motor Company.

‘I get the same thrill seeing a Mustang roll down a street in Detroit, London or Beijing that I felt when I bought my first car – a 1966 Mustang coupe that I drove across the country as a teenager. Mustang is a smile-maker in any language.’

The latest Ford Mustang offers an extensive array of technology and performance, the pinnacles of modern engineering showcased with Ford’s 2019 Mustang Bullitt. There’s an exclusive 480bhp 5.0-litre V8 engine under the bonnet, plus distinctive design and trim tailored as a throwback to Steve McQueen’s vehicle from the 1968 film.

Now in its sixth generation, the Mustang’s heritage and cultural impact can also be found on social media, with the Mustang Facebook page acquiring more likes and activity than any other vehicle nameplate.

It’s not all been smooth sailing, however. Back in the late 1980s, Ford looked to terminate Mustang production and replace American’s beloved sportscar with what became the Ford Probe. Luckily, after market backlash, the Mustang instead gained a second wind – leading us to the celebrated legacy we enjoy today. Here's to the next 10 million!

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