This month one of the most iconic Mustangs to ever hit the road is going up for auction, the 1968 Bullit Ford Mustang GT.
So, it got me thinking about what the Mustang means to so many people. The original Bullitt car is likely to sell for millions of dollars. And rightly so. The Mustang is very likely the greatest modern American automobile of all time.
It’s hard to imagine that the design and development of the first iteration of the Mustang dates back 60 years. Think about that for a moment. The year is 1960. Cars are physically enormous, tail fins are everywhere, Connie Francis has a number one song on AM radio, and three grown adults can sit across the front or rear seat of most American cars cruising the highway at 75 mph, burning gas at .28 cent per gallon. General Motors owned nearly 70% of automobile production throughout the entire world, and virtually everyone who wanted a car was looking for a mobile status symbol to validate their success.
But at Ford, in 1962, Lee Iacocca and his team of designers and developers had just launched the internal development program heading in a completely different direction. Two years later, they delivered the Mustang to eager dealerships and a frenetic public.
People camped outside Ford dealerships to get their hands on the Mustang. It was the iPhone, long before Apple. The clamor, it turns out, was what Iacocca had suspected; people wanted a new type of car. The Mustang was a clean, simple design with enough variety in options to deliver everything from a simple beige six-cylinder economy minded coupe to a performance packed red fastback with racing stripes and sporty instrumentation.