48 years ago today, Ford’s Mustang was introduced at the New York World’s Fair—and the world has had a love affair with the car that started the pony car craze ever since. Though I was raised in a GM family (if you’re not from Detroit, you’ll have to trust that this is still a big deal for many folks in the Motor City), in my heart, I secretly crossed the battle lines time after time because of an irresistible, illicit longing to own a Mustang myself.
(Honestly—had I ever come home with a Ford before moving out myself, Dad would have kicked me out of the house! He even threatened to kick me out for DATING boys who drove Fords. No joke.)
The first and fifth generation are my favourites—indeed, the current model of Ford’s crown jewel is a muscular throwback to the original ‘Stang. Regardless, it’s the longest-running car model in American history.
As a classic car dame, I’ve not been able to resist photographing Mustangs at the classic car shows I frequent. You can check out more of my classic Mustang photography in the Flickr gallery—including photos of a very rare German T-6 Mustang.
Happy birthday, Mustang!