Ford Introduces The Very First Mustang, 50 Years Ago! – Celebrating Ford Mustang upcoming 50th birthday.
The Ford Mustang was officially launched on April 17, 1964. The price of a base model was $2368 The Mustang will turn 50 years old in April 2014, and Ford is already getting ready to celebrate. As a throwback, the automaker’s press team has re-published the work of its predecessors: the press kit for the very first Mustang. The 27-page document shows that when it comes to revealing new cars, not a whole lot has changed in the auto industry. Journalists are still sent a pile of information about styling, engine specs, and optional features. Car introductions are still accompanied by waves of advertising, though the newspaper and magazine ads of old have been mostly abandoned for social media campaigns.
While there’s always a lot of hype around big new cars, the Mustang is one car that lived up to its promise, becoming one of the best American vehicles of all time. It’s fun to see how it all started: With three transmission choices, four available engines, two bucket seats, and “nylon-rayon deep-pile! carpeting.”
Ford’s Risky 2015 Mustang Could Alienate Loyal Fans? – Celebrating Ford Mustang upcoming 50th birthday.
Ford has a big year coming up in 2014. The company will launch next generation designs of its body and soul — the Mustang and F-150.
Ford sits between a rock and a hard place when approaching the redesign of its iconic muscle car, as sales of the Mustang have crashed and haven’t been able to regain much momentum. This will be Ford’s attempt to kill the retro styling and bring the car into the 21st century as a lighter and faster sports car.
In addition to reviving sales in the U.S., Ford needs to expand its sales to the global market — a tough balancing act. “Ford wants the car to appeal to a global market, but the last time the company tried to make a global Mustang, we ended up with the Ford Probe,” Andrew Stoy, digital editor of Autoweek, told me. “Any time a halo vehicle as quintessentially American as the Mustang is re-engineered for broader markets, the risk of alienating the car’s core audience rises. That risk is even more acute in the face of the Mustang’s strong domestic competition — namely the Chevy Camaro.”
Stoy hit the nail on the head. Ford has to avoid the worst-case scenario of losing its core U.S. consumer with a modern design, yet if it doesn’t evolve enough to appeal to a new global audience, it will fall short of Ford’s sales ambition. Simply put: For the Mustang to succeed overseas, it needs to shed a few hundred pounds and shrink in size.
‘Stang on a diet?
The current Ford Mustang weighs in at 3,523 pounds, and according to Edmunds, Ford is working with lighter materials to remove a minimum of 400 pounds for the 2015 model. To provide the smaller vehicle necessary to sell overseas, it’s believed the next-generation Mustang will be as much as 15 inches shorter and 6 inches narrower.
For those worried that the weight loss will make the muscle car any less “Ford tough,” there’s nothing to worry about. “They are going to use more aluminum, better structural engineering in terms of spot welds, and so on and so forth, basically using less material and making it stronger,” an unnamed source said, according to Edmunds.
There are rumors that the Mustang will receive an EcoBoost engine, which left some ‘Stang loyalists puzzled and anxious. I doubt there is anything to worry about, as Ford has a lot of engine flexibility that will help it sell well here in the U.S. and overseas. A turbocharged EcoBoost would help sell the muscle car in Europe, while the power-hungry U.S. consumer will no doubt have a top-of-the-line V-8 option. Also to the delight of U.S. loyalists, the pony car will finally kick the live rear axle in favor of an independent rear suspension.
Ford’s had an excellent run of success with vehicle sales lately, and that’s helped boost Ford’s stock price up 70% over the past 12 months, as of this writing. Ford set a July record for sales in China, topping over 72,000 in wholesale units — good for a 71% gain over last year. Ford’s year-to-date sales are up a staggering 50% in China through July versus last year. Ford is also increasing its market share in Europe amid an industry still in decline — pretty impressive. That recent success is due to the Fusion, Fiesta, Focus and Escape, which continue to sell well globally. Ford now looks to bring its Mustang to the global lineup in hopes it will bring yet another surge in sales and market share.
One thing is for sure: Ford is on a hot streak of designing successful vehicles, and that’s brought the company back strong from the brink of bankruptcy. For that reason, I expect the 2015 Mustang to be yet another hit here, and abroad — much to the delight of Mustang loyalists and investors alike.
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Art is subjective and beauty is in the eye of the beholder. These and other clichés are excuses people use to justify their version of what should be considered great imagery. But stunning art is like a beautiful woman, you’ll know it when you see it. You don’t need someone standing over your shoulder in a gallery trying to convince you that the artist’s use of circles and phlegm is the next great thing. Great art doesn’t need to be explained or justified. It needs to be seen. It needs to be taken in and appreciated. And then the artist needs his rightful credit.
Danny Whitfield has been creating stunning masterpieces of Mustangs and Corvettes and just about every other beautiful form on wheels that you can think of for well over 40 years now. Danny was kind enough to do an interview with Mustang Evolution and share with our readers just who Danny Whitfield is and what he offers to the automotive community. So please take a minute and get to know a legend in the automotive art field.
Mustang Evolution: So where is Danny Whitfield “the business” located?
Danny: The name of my business is The Automotive Art of Danny Whitfield and I am located in the greater Los Angeles area
Mustang Evolution: What is the easiest way for people to contact you and see your work?
Danny: The easiest is my website, http://www.dannywhitfield.com
Mustang Evolution: How long have you been illustrating cars, Mustangs in particular?
Danny: Since 1968
Mustang Evolution: Do you specialize in any specific range of years for Mustangs?
Danny: No, I illustrate Mustangs from the very beginning. From the first 1962 Concept to 2011 and beyond
Mustang Evolution: Do you work exclusively on paper? Do you use any digital media for your work?
Danny: My media consists of crescent 5112 illustration boards, watercolor paint, Painters Classic Digital Media, and Metal.
Mustang Evolution: What sets your artwork apart from other artists?
Danny: The fact that a customer can get his car print tailor made! You don’t have to settle for the usual, “what you see is what you get” print. With my art, a customer gets his car to look like what he wants! It’s the same feeling you get when buying a car at a dealership; you don’t have to take what’s in stock. You order the car with the options you like. It works the same way with a genuine Danny Whitfield print! You don’t have to settle for what’s on the canvas. You can even get the color of your car matched. Every option the car came with for its respective year can be painted right in. You could add wheels, tires, hood scoops and many other parts to be exactly like your car.
Mustang Evolution: What methods do you use to create your illustrations?
Danny: Winsor Newton Designers’ Gouache watercolor paint, Painters-Classic digital software to handle the customizing of the original art.
Mustang Evolution: What kind of turnaround time can you usually produce something in?
Danny: Usually 2 weeks
Mustang Evolution: Who inspires you and your art?
Danny: Jesus Christ, My Dad – Dan Whitfield the 2nd, General Motors designer Bill Mitchell, American Motors designer Richard A. “Dick” Teague, Ford designer John Oros, Chrysler designer Virgil Exner, Automotive designer Giorgetto Giugiaro, Automotive designer Raymond Loewy, Automotive designer Pininfarina, the great automotive artist Sid Mead.
Mustang Evolution:: How big would you like your name to be in the art community?
Danny: As large as life – not in an egotistical way – just where people could be educated and enjoy automotive art on a grand scale. I would like my art to be recognized in the “fine arts” category instead of being labeled commercial art.
Mustang Evolution: What wins / trophies / accolades / celebrity clients / high profile users / magazine articles has your artwork garnered?
Danny: Clients have included;
Comedian Bill Cosby, Talk Show Host Jay Leno, Automotive leaders like former Ford Motor Co. Chairman Alex Trotman,General Motors “Jack Smith”
General Motors Leader Bob Lutz,
Various articles, honorable mentions and life stories in;
Hemmings Motor News – Hemmings Muscle machines
Detroit News /Detroit free press
Classic Car magazine and more.
Art recognitions and autograph sessions with;
“Legends of Nascar” Linda Vaughan and the late Dale Earnhard.
Best in show award in Saint Ignace car show in Saint Ignace Michigan
First place award in “Corvettes in Windsor” car show in Windsor Ontario.
Mustang Evolution: What future projects do you have planned or ongoing that you can share with us?
Danny: In the future my plans are to house the biggest gallery / museum of automotive art in the United States. It would include my art and all the other great automotive artist currently working to date.
ME: Can you share with us your contact information once again?
Danny Whitfield (Automotive Artist and Designer)
The Official Car Art – Automotive Art of Danny L Whitfield
Danny Whitfield art on AMAZON
Email to: Info@dannywhitfield.com
Thank you so very much Danny for taking the time to share your story and your art with Mustang Evolution.