Ford Mustang Turns 50: Local Owners Mark Anniversary

April 18, 2014

A big week for anyone who has ever owned or admired a Ford Mustang.

Mustang lovers across the country are celebrating the original pony car's 50th anniversary.

Bill Vanryn owns a 1965 Mustang hardtop and says he had to get his hands on such an important piece of American car history.

"April 17, 1964 they introduced the Mustang at the New York World's Fair and it was a big hit the first week car was out for production they sold 22,000 vehicles," said Vanryn.

An advertisement dated back to the 1950's showcased all of the features owners could select for their mustang.

The purchase price back then, just over $2,300.

Shortly after the first production, Ford introduced a new model, the Shelby GT 350 and 1 of the only 2000 produced hits the streets right here in Charlottesville.

"In 1965-1966 you could buy a race car that was built for the street that's what this is," said Bob Garland, owner of a Shelby GT 350.

In 2005, already 40 years into the Mustang legacy, Ford decided to switch things up take it back old-school and a new generation of the Mustang was born.

Mike Wright, like many Mustang owners, knew one day he'd get the chance to start up one of the famed pony cars.

"I'd wanted a Mustang since I was 15 or 16 years old. It has an incredible amount of customization opportunities that you can do to these cars, probably unlike any other," said Wright.

Whether modern or classic, the evolution of the ever so popular pony is still sending trembles across America.

"50 years of continuous production, Camaro owners can't say that, we take great pride in that," said Wright.

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