In 1964 North America was introduced to the Ford Mustang for the very first time at the New York World’s Fair on April 17, now, 54 years later to the day as I write this piece, we take some time to look back at some of the most iconic moments for this legendary automobile.
From it’s very beginning the Mustang has been a classic staple of American culture, and it’s really no surprise why, so while there are many perfect moments captured behind the wheel, we’ve brought you the 6 that stand out above the rest, taking us from 1968, right through to today.
Ready? Let’s go for a ride in time.
The most iconic of them all, Steve McQueen’s Bullitt.
Walter Chalmers (Robert Vaughn) is aiming to take down mob boss Pete Ross (Vic Tayback) with the help of testimony from the criminal’s brother Johnny, who is in protective custody in San Francisco under the watch of police lieutenant Frank Bullitt (Steve McQueen). When a pair of mob hitmen enter the scene, Bullitt follows their trail through a racy story of complications and double-crosses.
This 1968 film is remembered for being one of the most iconic chase scenes of all time.
Gone in 60 Seconds (1974)
Eleanor, the Mustang featured in Gone in 60 Seconds is the only Ford Mustang Mach 1 to have received credit for a film.
Maindrian Pace (H.B. Halicki) is an insurance investigator by day and a professional car thief by night. When a drug lord offers Pace $400,000 to steal 48 cars in five days, the assignment seems like an easy week’s work for Pace and his gang, that is until he’s sold out.
According to CNBC a replica of the car was sold for $270,000 in 2017, that sure screams iconic.
Charlie’s Angels (1976)
An iconic show and iconic car meet in the 1976 Charlie’s Angels series.
The show features three beautiful police academy-trained private detectives whose cases always seem to require that they sport bikinis, evening gowns or other sexy clothing. The unseen Charlie relays instructions via speakerphone.
Farrah Fawcett’s character Jill drive’s a 1976 Cobra in a memorable white colour with blue racing stripes up the middle.
Princess Diaries (2001)
The Mustang in The Princess Diaries became iconic for its role in the life of a future princess.
Shy San Francisco teenager Mia Thermopolis (Anne Hathaway) is thrown for a loop when, from out of the blue, she learns the crazy news that she’s a real-life princess.
Her car “baby” as she called it, was driven all around San Francisco and even sometimes the Queen would be a passenger in the car as well.
Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006)
The Fast and Furious franchise has become one of the most iconic car films of all time, it only makes sense that a Ford Mustang would be featured. In an iconic race, this 1967 Ford Mustang comes out victorious, and have now found new homes with buyers in Southern California.
2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt
Few cars can boast the legendary status of Steve McQueen’s iconic ‘68 Mustang GT Fastback in the award-winning movie Bullitt. Just in time for the films 50th anniversary, the new limited edition 2019 Mustang Bullitt includes features inspired by McQueen’s original, right down to the green paint, dark grille and signature fuel cap.
So there you have it. Epic moments of a legendary vehicle caught in time. Now we can decide if we want to watch Bullitt or take it out for a test drive, guess we’ll have to do both!