Mustang Fever!

The iconic ‘pony car’ marks its 50th anniversary

This past December, Ford took the cover off its all-new 2015 Mustang. It’s the sixth generation of the iconic pony car — which officially celebrates 50 years in production in April.

Since its debut, more than 9 million Mustangs have been produced and sold — many of them close to Ford’s home base in Dearborn. The Flat Rock Assembly Plant recently produced its 1 millionth Mustang.

1965 Ford Mustang Convertible, Serial Number One

An old auto industry cliché goes: “You can’t sell a young man an old man’s car, but you can sell an old man a young man’s car.” The under-30 crowd — men and women — loved the sporty Mustang.

Right near that home base, The Henry Ford Museum shares in the celebration of everything auto. Its “Driving America” exhibit chronicles the influence of the automobile on American culture. It houses everything from iconic Mustangs (above) to the 1865 Roper Steam Carriage (likely the oldest surviving American automobile in existence).

There’s much more. View the 1961 Lincoln limousine in which President John F. Kennedy lost his life. Sit on the actual bus where Rosa Parks changed history. Or check out the 1984 Plymouth Voyager — which launched the “mommy van” market.

1962 Mustang Roadster

This two-seater created a “buzz” when racing driver Dan Gurney introduced it at the United States Grand Prix in Watkins Glen, N.Y., in 1962. Featuring a rear-mounted, V-4 engine, it was unlike any Ford ever seen. The Mustang name later graced a sporty four-seater that debuted in 1964

Can’t get enough auto? You can also tour the Ford Rouge Factory, including a walk on its “living roof” and a peek at the final assembly area where Ford F-150s are made. For more information, visit