Alert
Close

Think you know AARP? What you don't know about us may surprise you. Discover all the 'Real Possibilities'

Boomers at 50 plus

Boomers The Generation That Changed the World #boomers50

AARP Bulletin

A Great 50-Year Ride for the Ford Mustang

This beloved sports car has its 'reserved' parking place in pop culture and history

Happy 50th Birthday, Mustang

En español | The Ford Mustang turned 50 on April 17 and got its own AARP card. Over the years more than 9 million of this true American icon have roamed the roadways. Here are some memories and milestones:

Johnny Rodriguez for AARP

The Beginning

Ex-GM designer Phil Clark did first sketches for a new Ford sports car and the running pony emblem.

JOHN GRESS/Corbis

Hello, World

Ford introduces the Mustang at the World's Fair in Flushing Meadows, N.Y., on April 17, 1964. It's priced at $2,368.

Bettmann/CORBIS

A 'Wise' Purchase

Gail Wise bought the very first production Mustang in 1964 at age 22. She paid $3,447.50. Here she is pictured in 2010. She still owns it.

John Gress/Corbis

'Mustang Sally'

"All you wanna do is ride around, Sally," Wilson Pickett sang in his 1966 hit, "Mustang Sally."

The Young Rascals, Sam & Dave, Los Lobos, Bruce Springsteen, B.B. King and Eric Clapton, and other artists covered the R&B classic, written by Bonny "Mack" Rice.

Photoshot/Getty Images

Top of the World

A Mustang convertible rode the Empire State Building's passenger elevators, in four sections, to be reassembled for display on the 86th-floor observation deck in 1965.

Courtesy Ford Motor Company

A Short-lived Shelby

In 1967, Elektra Records was rumored to have bought Jim Morrison of "The Doors" a brand-new Shelby GT500. Rumor has it, Morrison promptly drove it into a telephone pole on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles.

Shutterstock

Made for the Movies

Steve McQueen drove a Shelby GT390 during the legendary 9-minute, 42-second chase scene in the 1968 movie Bullitt.

Ronald Grant Archive / Mary Evans / Everett Collection

Clinton’s Car

President Bill Clinton had to leave his beloved 1967 Clearwater Aqua Mustang convertible behind in Arkansas when he moved into the White House in 1992, but he had a chance to ride in this hot pink one at Charlotte Motor Speedway in 1994.

AFP/Getty Images

Bucket List Ride

In the 2007 movie The Bucket List, terminally ill Carter Chambers (played by Morgan Freeman) lists "Drive a Mustang Shelby" as one of the things he wants to do before he dies.

Warner Bros./Everett Collection

Late-Night Ride

Former Tonight Show host Jay Leno, a well-known car aficionado, owns several Mustangs. He’s pictured here with a white and blue 1965 Shelby GT350, a model he owns. The car in red is a 2005 Shelby Mustang GT.

Paul Harris/Atticusimages/Newscom

Fresh Off the Lot

A 2014 Mustang V6 premium convertible costs $31,610 — no extra charge for all-time favorite red.

Ford/Handout/Corbis

  • Pinterest
  • Google+
AARP Boomers at 50 Plus

As the last of the Baby Boomer Generation turns 50 and more baby boomers are retiring, AARP celebrates the generation that changed the world.

Topic Alerts

You can get weekly email alerts on the topics below. Just click “Follow.”

Manage Alerts

Processing

Please wait...

progress bar, please wait

Tell Us WhatYou Think

Please leave your comment below.

Discounts & Benefits

From companies that meet the high standards of service and quality set by AARP.

Downloadable mobile app from AARP® Roadside Assistance from Allstate.

AARP Credit card from Chase

Members can earn 3% cash back on purchases with the AARP® Credit Card from Chase.

Member Benefits

Join or renew today! Members receive exclusive member benefits & affect social change.

Rewards for Good

Your Points Balance:

Learn More

Earn points for completing free online activities designed to enrich your life.

Find more ways to earn points

Redeem your points to save on merchandise, travel, and more.

Find more ways to redeem points