Ford is celebrating the production of its 10 millionth Mustang – which the American brand likes to tout as not only the best-selling sports car of the last 50 years in the U.S. but also as the world’s best-selling sports car for the last three years straight.
The 10 millionth Mustang, a 460 horsepower 2019 GT V8 six-speed finished in “Wimbledon White”, rolled off the production line at the company’s Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Michigan at the start of this month. The first serialised Mustang (VIN 001) produced in 1964 was the same colour and model with a 164 horsepower V8 matched to a three-speed automatic transmission.
The Mustang, which is now in its sixth generation, is currently sold around the globe – and that includes the UK, where it was introduced for the very first time back in 2015.
“Mustang is the heart and soul of this company and a favourite around the world,” says Jim Farley, Ford’s president of global markets. “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.”
In recent weeks, the company has also unveiled an updated version of the Mustang Shelby GT350, which unlike its 1960s forbear, is designed and built by Ford as opposed to Shelby American.
The latest high performance Mustang variant gets a number of aerodynamic and performance enhancements over the regular road-going car, including custom-designed Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres wrapped around new 19-inch aluminium wheels, an all-new rear spoiler with optional Gurney flap and optimised grille closeout, and recalibrated ABS and MagneRide suspension for improved traction and lateral acceleration.
And the 2019 Shelby GT350’s exclusive high-revving 5.2-litre V8 remains the most powerful naturally aspirated Ford production engine ever – delivering 526 horsepower and 429 lb-ft of torque at an 8,250-rpm redline. It’s mated to a Tremec 6-speed manual transmission.
“Somewhere, Carroll is smiling,” says Hermann Salenbauch, global director for Ford Performance vehicle programs. “The new Shelby GT350 is our ultimate track Mustang. We’ve stuck to Carroll Shelby’s original formula for winning championships and made our Shelby GT350 even better with the latest in race-proven aerodynamics, tire and chassis technology.”