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1968 Ford Mustang The first generation of the Ford Mustang, often referred to as the "1964½" or "early" Mustang, was produced from 1964 to 1973. It is one of the most iconic and influential cars in automotive history, known as the car that created the "pony car" segment.

Introduced on April 17, 1964, the early Mustang featured a sleek and sporty design with a long hood, short rear deck, and a distinctive grille. It was offered in coupe and convertible body styles, providing customers with the option for open-air driving.

Under the hood, the early Mustang offered a range of engine options, starting with a 170 cubic-inch inline-six and going up to more powerful V8 engines, such as the famous 289 cubic-inch V8.

The Mustang quickly became a huge success, appealing to a wide range of customers with its affordable price, stylish design, and various customization options. Ford marketed the Mustang as a car that offered sporty performance and a youthful image, capturing the spirit of the 1960s.

In 1965, the Mustang received its first major update, including the introduction of the fastback body style and the high-performance Shelby GT350 variant.

Throughout the first generation, the Mustang saw numerous styling changes and engine upgrades, solidifying its position as a symbol of American muscle cars and a true automotive legend.

The first-generation Ford Mustang laid the foundation for its continued success in subsequent generations, and its legacy continues to thrive among enthusiasts and collectors worldwide. It remains an enduring and beloved classic, celebrated for its role in shaping the automotive landscape and its lasting impact on popular culture.