There’s nothing quite like the first.

The Ford Mustang made its debut at the World’s Fair in New York on April 17, 1964 to enormous fanfare by the driving public.

Because of its mid-year launch, the very first Ford Mustang is commonly referred to as the 1964 ½. According to My Classic Garage, Ford executives anticipated selling about 100,000 Mustangs that first year.

Ford reportedly sold 121,538 of the ’64 ½ Mustangs. About one-fourth of those sold were convertibles.

Including its 1965 models, Ford sold 418,000 Mustangs in the first calendar year.

Auto industry legend Lee Iacocca dreamed up the Ford Mustang in 1961—a sports car that could seat four that could be sold under $2,500.

Buyers of the original Ford Mustang were rewarded with an affordable sports car offering both performance and utility with a rear bench seat.

The first Mustang was available with five different engines ranging from an inline-six up to a 289-cubic-inch Hi-Po Windsor V8 that made 271 horsepower, which was respectable in the mid-1960s. The original sticker on those early ponies was $2,320.96.

It’s the one that started it all. The first. The original. As such, it earned the #2 spot in our Top 10.

No. 2, you ask?

What Mustang could possibly rank higher than the original?

Author: Matt Griswold

After a 10-year newspaper journalism career, Matt Griswold spent another decade writing about the automotive aftermarket and motorsports. He was part of the original OnAllCylinders editorial team when it launched in 2012.