General Motors management, especially those at Chevrolet, must have felt something akin to a gut punch when Ford’s new 1965 Mustang could not be built fast enough to fill the orders. For Ford officials, though, this situation was a welcome surprise. They were expecting, indeed hoping, their youth-oriented car would bring around 100,000 sales per year. Henry Ford II need not have worried as that figure was quickly passed within a few months of the Mustang’s introduction in mid-April of 1964. Over two model years, the Mustang easily surpassed the one-million mark in sales. Probably rubbing some salt in the
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