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What Was the First Pony Car? (Warning: This Is a Trick Question)

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On: Tue, Mar 18, 2014 at 2:01PM | By: Gary P Garry


What Was the First Pony Car? (Warning: This Is a Trick Question)

When you think of the origin of the term “pony car,” you are obviously going to think about the Ford Mustang. A mustang is a wild horse, a pony that is free, fast, and independent... a perfect marketing image.

The Ford Mustang was incredibly popular, blowing sales projections out of the water. This popularity spawned a new class of car as Ford's competitors lined up for their share of the pony car market. These would include the Chevy Camaro, which first made its debut for the 1967 model year, along with its cousin, the Pontiac Firebird. AMC even entered the fray with the Javelin, and Ford doubled down via its Lincoln-Mercury division with the Mercury Cougar.

We all know about the relative value of money changing over the years, but it is still kind of amazing to hear that the manufacturer's suggested retail price for the original 1964½ Mustang was a mere $2368.

How successful was the Mustang? Over the first 18 months of production, more than one million models were produced. In 1966 over 607,000 Mustangs were sold. By comparison, in 2013, Ford pushed about 77,000 Mustangs out the door. Of course, in 1966 the American motor companies were not competing with viable competitors from all over the globe.

Now, let's get to the trick question. Are you sure that the Mustang was the first pony car? In fact, when you do your research you find that the Plymouth Barracuda was released for sale on April 1st of 1964. This was about two weeks prior to the initial sale date of the Mustang.

The Barracuda went on to be classified as a pony car, even though it came first. Of course, a pony car sounds a lot cooler than a fish car anyway, so it was probably all for the best.

This year is the final year of production for the fifth generation of the Ford Mustang. The sixth generation starts in 2015, and the new-look Mustang will feature a wider body that sits a bit lower, and will come in a number of fresh color options.

The new Mustang is going to include an independent rear suspension, and there will be three different engine options, the most powerful one being the 5 L Coyote V-8. This car is supposed to reach the showrooms by November of 2014.


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