Who Invented the Ford Mustang?: – The Ford Mustang is a Vintage, sporty looking car produced by Ford. Senior inventor John Najjar, who was a fan of P-51 Mustang fighter plane used in the World War II, is credited by Ford for recommending the name. In 1961, John co-designed the initial model of the Ford Mustang also known as Ford Mustang I, by working in cooperation with Ford inventor Philip T. Clark.
The Mustang I made its official presentation on October 7, 1962, in Watkins Glen, New York, at the United States Grand Prix where test driver, as well as modern race driver Dan Gurney, lapped the track in an exhibition using the second “race” model. His lap times were only somewhat off the pace of the F1 race cars.
In April 1964, when Ford Motor Co. reviled its first Mustang, it did so using modest potential. The company thought it would sell less than 100,000 units in the first year and ended up selling more than a million by the end of the second year. With the opening of the Mustang, Ford successfully captured the interest of the baby boomer generation with huge achievement.
Another analysis was that Ford Division market research manager, Robert J. Eggert, first recommended the name for Mustang. Eggert, who was a breeder of quarter horses, got a book as a birthday present from his wife i.e. The Mustangs by J. Frank Dobie in 1960. Afterward, the title of the book gave him the suggestion of adding up the “Mustang” name for Ford’s latest model car.
The designer favored Cougar or Torino, at the same time Henry Ford II wanted T-bird II. As the person accountable for Ford’s study on possible names, Eggert added “Mustang” to the list to be tested by focus groups; “Mustang,” by a wide margin, came out on peak below the caption: “Suitability as Name for the Special Car.”
That name could not be used in Germany, however, because it was owned by Krupp, which had produced trucks among 1951 and 1964 with the name Mustang. Ford declined to purchase the name for approximately US$10,000 from Krupp at the age. Kreidler, a producer of mopeds, as well used the name; consequently, Mustang was sold in Germany as the “T-5” up to December of 1978.
Mustangs grew better and bigger with every sample up to the year 1971–1973, Ford then designed the car to its unique size as well as a concept for 1974. Even though some new pony cars have seen a revival, the Mustang is the just one and only innovative model to continue in nonstop manufacture over five decades of growth and expansion. The Mustang has gone through numerous changes to its current sixth generation.
The First Generation
Following the success of the concept Mustangs, the first generation arrived in 1964. This was the most successful launch in the company’s history. A few years into the generation, the Ford Mustang began growing in size. It also got a facelift to appear more massive and fit larger engines.
The Ford Mustang’s second generation arrived in 1974 and only lasted until 1978. This was a smaller and more efficient than the previous version. It was timed perfectly to take advantage of the oil crisis. Interestingly enough, the Mustang was heavier despite its smaller size thanks to the extra equipment it included to meet new safety and emission regulations.
The third generation lasted a long time, from 1979 to 1993. This generation began with a longer Mustang that could hold more passengers. It was presented as a car, adaptable, rear door. Up until 1986, the third-generation Mustangs had an angled-back front clip and four headlights. After this, the front clip got an “aero” style with a rounded shape and flush composite headlamps. The 1987 Mustang also got a facelift due to slumping sales from increasing fuel prices.
The fourth-generation started with a most important reassembles for the 1994 Ford Mustang, furthermore, this generation continued until 2004. In 1999, it got new styling again, matching the new Edge styling theme. This included creases in the bodywork, sharper contours, and larger wheel arches.
In 2005, the Ford Mustang arrived for its fifth generation, which the automaker showed off during the 2004 North American International Auto Show. The design of this generation was reminiscent of late 1960s fastbacks, which Ford’s senior VP of design called “retro-futurism.”
Up until 2010, the base model of this generation featured a cast-iron block 4-liter V6 with 210 horsepower, and the GT had a 4.6-liter V8 aluminum-block engine with variable camshaft timing. The 2010 Mustang got a redesigned exterior, including a reduced coefficient of drag and sequential LED taillights. Other changes included new spring rates and dampers, enhanced control, and traction systems, and new wheel sizes.
The sixth generation of the Ford Mustang arrived for the 2015 model year, although it was unveiled in late 2016. Six generation cars of mustang have not upgraded and still in use nowadays too. It got a trapezoidal grille, new colors, and a body that was wider and lower. The engines also became more modern, including a 2.3-liter EcoBoost, a 3.7-liter V6 with 300 horsepower, and a 5-liter V8 with 435 horsepower.
In 2016 May, the Owner’s of Mustang announced the museum, through an official opening in Concord, North Carolina, to take place on April 17, 2019, the fifty-fifth anniversary. The decision to locate somewhere in Concord was a result of the success of 2014 Mustang 50th-anniversary celebration at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, with over 4,000 Mustangs registered and an estimated economic impact of US$8,300,000.
The Ford Mustang greatly advertised throughout the concluding part of its development. On 1964 April 16, Ford ran various real-time advertisements at 9:30 pm on three major television network. They are ABC, NBC, and CBS. The next day, on April 17, 1964, public “attacked” the Ford showrooms. Everyone was in a passion to be one of the first to have the Mustang car.
The Mustang is for sure, one of Ford’s most classic as well as well-known vehicles. In the year 1965, the Mustang was awarded the Tiffany Gold Medal for brilliance in American design, the first automobile ever to do so. The Mustang was on Ten The best list of the Car and Driver in the year 1983, 1987, 1988, 2005, 2006, 2011, also in 2016 too. In 1974 and 1994, Mustang won the Motor Trend Car of the Year award.
By Saugat Thapa