On April 17, 1964, Ford Motor Co. unveiled the Ford Mustang at the New York World's Fair in Flushing Meadows.

The two-seat, mid-engine sports car, was the brainchild of Ford general manager Lee Iacocca, who became president of the company in October, 1964.

Production of the new car began five months before the normal start of the 1965 production year, and is often referred to as a "1964 1/2 model."

The car also debuted in Ford showrooms across America that day, leading to almost 22,000 Mustangs sold.