Cars That Stand the Test of Time

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Ford Mustang
Introduced: 1965
On April 17, 1964, Ford showed its Mustang for the first time at the World’s Fair in Flushing Meadows, New York. The original sales forecast for this new sporty coupe was 100,000 units in the first year. With its popular styling and low price of $2,368, Ford sold that many Mustangs in three months. Four different engines were available at launch, ranging from a 170-cubic-inch six cylinder making 101 horsepower to the classic 289 cubic-inch V8 with 271 horsepower. For the next nine years Ford continued to iterate on the Mustang with fresh styling, more powerful engines and special versions that included the Mach 1 and Boss 302. Like many models in the mid-1970s, the Mustang succumbed to the need for fuel efficiency and became the less powerful Mustang II. However, potent V8-powered Mustangs eventually returned, with classic Mustang styling making a comeback on the 5th generation in 2005.

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