The famous Ford Mustang was released in April 1964, and immediately began breaking sales records with dealers taking 22,000 orders on the first day it went on sale.

Based on the mechanicals of the then-current Ford Falcon, the Mustang had crisp, sleek new styling and instantly appealed to the public. Initial projected sales were  100,000 in the first year. In reality, 417,000 were sold in the first year. After two years, one million had been sold, and after 50 years, more than nine million Mustangs have “galloped” into the garages of enthusiastic owners.

This article originally appear in the Horizons magazine in April / May 2014.