Today, April 17, 2014, marks the 50th Anniversary of the Ford Mustang being unveiled to the public officially (April 17, 1964), the 50th Anniversary of Ford Mustang. The Ford Mustang, love it or hate it, has helped shape and create the muscle cars we know and love today, even if you HATE the Mustang's you have to respect them, and not a lot of cars you can say that about.
The Mustang all started in 1962, when the Ford Mustang I concept roadster was created and debuted as a counter to the Corvair Monza's that were really popular at the time (now, not so much and they are awesome cars). The Mustang was meant to appeal to the youth of the U.S. and Canada, and boy it did just that. In less than two years after production, Ford was rolling out it's 1,000,000 Mustang out the door and with millions more on the way over the next 50 years. The Mustang proved to other auto makers that they need to start building cars that'll appeal to the younger drivers and even the youngster in aging drivers. In 1964, Chrysler raced to make a car that was cool to young drivers and decided to add a fastback look to their Plymouth Valiant's and called it the Barracuda . Other car makers were also dashing (and not so much dashing) to compete with the Mustang, and finally in 1967, Chevy and Pontiac chimed in and had some cars to compete against Ford's masterpiece, the Chevy Camaro and Pontiac Firebird .
Without the Mustang, we may not have many of the muscle cars we have today, hell, Maggie, Freddy, and any other Cougar wouldn't be the same without it. So for what it's done for the auto industry over the years and being the longest production of any car WITHOUT interruption in production, Happy 50th Birthday Ford Mustang, and here's to the next 50 years!