National Mustang Day at New York Auto Show marks 55 years of Ford's icon

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National Mustang Day at New York Auto Show marks 55 years of Ford's icon

The Mustang car takes a bow at the New York Auto Show and around the country. April 17 is its big day.

Pony car fans, take heart: It's National Mustang Day.

Ford plans to mark the 55th anniversary Wednesday with a little get-together at a media preview of the New York Auto Show.

Even as Ford plans to kill off once-popular models like the Taurus, Fusion and Fiesta, it's keeping the Mustang, which has become one of the auto industry's most iconic vehicles.

“We broke the mold when Ford launched the Mustang,” Jim Farley, Ford's president of global markets, said in a statement. “Nothing says freedom, the wind in your hair and the joy of driving like Mustang."

The day marks when the production version of the Mustang made its first appearance more than a half-century ago at the New York World's Fair. The original Mustang went on to become one of the auto industry's greatest hits, with a look so captivating that it still shows up in movies and advertising as the ultimate in hip.

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Meet the 2020 Ford Mustang 2.3L High Performance Package.

Ford outsold all other sports coupe in the world for the fourth straight year in 113,066 cars, according to data from IHS Markit. It's available in 146 countries. In the U.S., Ford says it sold 75,842 Mustangs.

"It’s an icon," Farley said. "The roar of its V-8 on a spring day -- there’s nothing better." 

The original 1968 Mustang in the Steve McQueen movie

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: National Mustang Day at New York Auto Show marks 55 years of Ford's icon