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A Great 50-Year Ride for the Ford Mustang

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

  • Ford Mustang turns 50, gets AARP card on top of the Empire State building.
    Johnny Rodriguez for AARP

    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:

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  • A Mustang badge is seen on the passenger side of Gail Wise's Skylight Blue 1964 1/2 Ford Mustang in Park Ridge, Illinois
    JOHN GRESS/Corbis

    The Beginning

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

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  • La Compañía Ford presenta el nuevo Mustang a la prensa en la Feria Mundial de Nueva York.

    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.

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  • Gail Wise poses with her Skylight Blue 1964 1/2 Ford Mustang convertible outside her garage where it sat for 27 years before its restoration, in Park Ridge, Illinois
    John Gress/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.

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  • The record for soul singer Wilson Pickett's
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    '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.

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  • A Ford Mustang was dissassembled and put in an elevator in the Empire State Building and re-assembled.
    Courtesy Ford Motor Company

    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.

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  • A 1967 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 being shown off at the 21st Annual Adirondack Nationals in Lake George, NY

    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.

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  • Movie poster from Bullitt, featuring Steve McQueen.
    Ronald Grant Archive / Mary Evans / Everett Collection

    Made for the Movies

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

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  • President Bill Clinton in Charlotte sits in a
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    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.

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  • Morgan Freeman in the movie, The Bucket List.
    Warner Bros./Everett Collection

    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.

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  • Jay Leno road tests the latest Mustang GT
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    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.

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  • The newly redesigned 2014 Ford Mustang. The iconic car will celebrate its 50th anniversary on April 17, 2014.

    Fresh Off the Lot

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

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  • AARP Baby Boomers (Sean McCabe)
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