50 years of the Mustang

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50 years after Ford Motor Co.’s first Mustang introduced Americans to the fast and affordable pony car, the automaker is counting on a new design to spur global sales. A look back at the history of the Mustang:

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The first Mustang -- the 1962 Mustang I concept -- was a two seat, mid-engine sports car. It helped establish the proportions of the classic "pony car" -- a long, sweeping hood, short rear deck and sharply sculpted flanks.