April marks the 50th anniversary of the Ford Mustang. Gail Brown, a 22-year old schoolteacher from Chicago at the time, plunked down $3,419 for the first Mustang ever sold on April 15th, 1964.
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What’s interesting is that Brown was able to score one before its official release on April 17th. Ford projected 100,000 sales in the first year. First day sales hit 22,000. The Ford Mustang was on its way to iconic status.
What was next? Product placement, 1960’s style. The Mustang officially hit the silver screen in the 1964 James Bond movie, Goldfinger. Since then, over 500 films have featured a Mustang. Take a look at the most noteworthy ones.
1. Goldfinger (1964)
The Ford Mustang debuted in the James Bond film, Goldfinger. Sean Connery uses his Aston Martin DB5 to puncture the white 1964½ convertible driven by a hot assassin. Don’t kill hot assassins!
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2. Bullitt (1968)
Steve McQueen plays Frank Bullitt, a San Francisco cop out to find out who killed a mob witness, in Bullitt. He drives a 1968 Mustang GT390 in a famous 10 minute car chase.
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3. Diamonds are Forever (1971)
A red 1971 Mustang Mach I Fastback was featured in the 1970’s Bond films, Diamonds are Forever. Ford gave the producers as many cars as they wanted, provided Sean Connery drove a Mustang in the car chases. Several dozen cars ended up destroyed during the shoot.
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4. Gone in 60 Seconds (1974)
Nicolas Cage and Angelina Jolie remade this in 2000. The original Gone in 60 Seconds came out in 1974. A 1973 Mustang Mach I was featured in a 40-minute car chase that left nearly 100 cars destroyed. Luckily, all the cars were bought at auction for a mere $200. On the other hand, the budget was $150,000.
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5. The Outsiders (1983)
The classic Francis Ford Coppola film, The Outsiders, brought us characters like Ponyboy and Sodapop, and featured an amazing cast of legendary actors. It also featured a 1965 Ford Mustang Coupe.
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6. Fear (1996)
Marky Mark stars as Reese Witherspoon’s possessive boyfriend in Fear, an underrated 90’s thriller. An unsuspecting 1966 Mustang Convertible gets destroyed in a fit of Marky Mark rage. What did it ever do to deserve this?
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7. Gone in 60 Seconds (2000)
As mentioned before, Nicolas Cage and Angelina Jolie starred in a remake of Gone in 60 Seconds. This time, the movie used a 1967 Shelby GT500 in . The plot centers around a retired car thief who needs to steal 50 cars in one night to save his brother from a horrible demise. Yes, the cars were the best part about the movie.
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8. The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006)
Damn, Paul Walker. In The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, a 1967 Ford Mustang comes in to save the day. Ok, so the producers souped up the Mustang with some Japanese tuning parts. Still looked cool.
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9. Transformers (2007)
Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox star in the 2007 action movie, Transformers. A modified Saleen S281 Extreme stars as ‘Barricade’, a Decepticon hunter in the movie. This was before Shia LaBeouf became an ‘artiste‘.
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