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1. Ford Accidentally Sold the First Mustang
While the first model of the Mustang was touring dealerships in Newfoundland, the car was accidentally sold in a mix-up. The buyer of model 0001, an airline pilot, kept the car for years before trading in for a newer Mustang.
2. It Could’ve Had a Completely Different Name
During most of its development, the Mustang was actually called the ‘Cougar’. In fact, the decision on the name was a very long procedure; other names considered were the Cheetah, the Bronco, and Puma.
3. The Mustang’s First Day of Sales Saw 22,000 Cars Sold
Ford‘s show at the World’s Fair, as well as their aggressive, patriotic marketing campaign, peaked interest in a powerful American muscle car. Much like the debut of a new video game console today, dealerships were scrambling and selling out all through the first month of sales.
4. It Was Almost Switched to Front-Wheel Drive
The FWD pitches never made it to production, but there have been a few close calls. Several times, Ford has considered distancing the Mustang from RWD. Most of the designs copied Japanese innovations, but America was already in love with the old-fashioned rear-wheel-powered muscle machine.