On April 17, 1964, the Ford Mustang was officially unveiled at the World’s Fair in Flushing Meadows, New York. Named after a World War II fighter plane, the car was intended as a “working man’s Thunderbird” and featured two-seats and a mid-range engine. Ford sold 22,000 Mustangs the day it was unveiled, and more than 400,000 within its first year.

The Ford Mustang became a fixture in garages and driveways all across America inside of one year and the muscle car quickly found its way to the silver screen. In September of 1964, just five months after the event at the World’s Fair, film director Guy Hamilton displayed a first-generation Ford Mustang convertible in the popular James Bond film, Goldfinger. Several years later, actor Steve McQueen, driving a 1967 Mustang Fastback with a ferocious 390 c.i. V8 under the hood, accelerated down the streets of San Francisco in Bullitt, which is perhaps the most famous chase scene in cinema history.

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