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Ford Mustang Returns to New York to Celebrate 50 Years; 1967 Shelby GT500 Mustang Fastback Wins Best in Show

  Ford Mustang Returns to New York to Celebrate 50 Years; 1967 Shelby GT500
  Mustang Fastback Wins Best in Show

  *Ford executives bring the all-new Mustang to the site of the 1964 World’s
    Fair, where the original Mustang debuted 50 years ago
  *Hundreds of area Mustang club enthusiasts celebrate the iconic pony car,
    with 94 classic Mustangs on display in front of the Unisphere at Flushing
    Meadows Park
  *1967 Shelby GT500 Mustang fastback owned by David Davidson is chosen by
    Moray Callum, Ford vice president of design, as best in show

Business Wire

NEW YORK -- April 17, 2014

Ford Mustang fans and company executives gathered at Flushing Meadows Park in
Queens, N.Y. today to celebrate 50 years of the iconic sports car that debuted
on the grounds of the 1964 World’s Fair. In addition to the all-new 2015
Mustang, 94 cars from New York-area Mustang clubs were brought to the plaza in
front of the Unisphere, where Moray Callum, Ford vice president of design,
chose a 1967 Shelby GT500 Mustang fastback as best in show.

“It’s a great feeling to be here at Flushing Meadows 50 years to the day after
Ford unveiled the original Mustang at the 1964 World’s Fair,” said Raj Nair,
Ford group vice president, global product development. “Seeing the devotion
that owners put into caring for these amazing classic Mustangs reinforces why
we put so much passion and effort into making the all-new 2015 Mustang great.”

Visitors to the World’s Fair on April 17, 1964 were among the first in the
world to see Mustang on display at the Ford Rotunda pavilion. That same day,
Americans stampeded into Ford dealerships to buy a Mustang. By the end of the
day, more than 22,000 Mustangs had been purchased or ordered, a breathtaking
start to one of the greatest product launches in history.

“Standing where my grandfather, Henry Ford II, stood to reveal Mustang five
decades ago is both humbling and inspiring – especially since we are launching
the next 50 years of Mustang at Ford Motor Company,” said Ford Vice President
Elena Ford, leader of the Global Dealer and Consumer Experience organization.
“Since then, Mustang has become the heart and soul of Ford Motor Company, and
a symbol of my great-great-grandfather Henry Ford’s vision of putting the
world on wheels.”

After walking among the 94 classic Mustangs brought out by club members,
Callum narrowed the selections down to these three:

  *1965 Mustang K-Code convertible, owned by Teresa and Steve Kronred
  *1971 Mustang Mach 1 fastback, owned by Steven Chernow
  *1967 Shelby GT500 Mustang fastback, owned by David Davidson

“Great sports cars are living, breathing machines that reflect both their
drivers and their creators,” said Callum. “Like a living organism, they must
change and adapt or become extinct, and that evolution is on display today,
showing how Mustang has adapted while retaining its essence.”

Callum chose a blue 1967 Shelby GT500 Mustang fastback owned by Davidson as
best in show. Davidson was presented with a unique prize, a Ford design studio
model painted Race Red and used to evaluate exterior colors. Following the
presentation, it was personally autographed by Elena Ford, Nair and Callum.

“I’ve owned many Mustangs over the years, but I’m just amazed to get this
honor from the Ford design team,” said Davidson. “I’ve owned this GT500 for
three years and it only has 40,000 original miles. It’s fantastic to drive.”

“Mustang has an incredibly rich heritage, and as we celebrate 50 years at
Ford, we are focused on making the next 50 years even better,” said Nair.

About Ford Motor Company

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Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With
about 181,000 employees and 65 plants worldwide, the company’s automotive
brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides financial services
through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford and its
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