Ford Mustang turns 50

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The car's styling captured the exuberant youth culture of America in the early 1960s — and its $2,368 price tag made it affordable to the horde of baby boomers just reaching driving age or heading off to college. That price was for the basic six-cylinder engine, but buyers could add extra-cost (and handsomely profitable) options, including an automatic transmission, air conditioning, convertible top and a 289-cubic-inch V8 engine.

American popular culture was gaining global reach in the early 1960s, and the Mustang went along for the ride. Over the years, Mustang clubs were established in more than 150 nations, many of which opposed America's policies but admired its lifestyle. (Reuters)

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