Ford celebrates production of 10M Mustang sports cars

FLAT ROCK, Mich. — Ford Motor Co. marked production of the 10 millionth Mustang with celebrations Wednesday at the automaker’s headquarters and at the Flat Rock Assembly Plant where the iconic sports car is made.

A parade of Mustangs from 1964 to the present day rolled into the parking lot at the Dearborn headquarters be­fore making the 30-minute drive to the Flat Rock complex.

There, the cars were organized into a configuration that spelled out “10,000,000.” The commas were represented by the first Mustang produced and the 10 millionth, a 2019 Wimble­don White GT V8 six-speed manual convertible.

Mustang is the best-selling sports car of the last 50 years in the U.S. and the world’s top-selling sports car for three years in a row, according to company analyses.

During its 54-year production history, the Mustang was built in San Jose, Calif., and Metuchen, N.J., as well as at the original production facility in Dearborn. These days, Flat Rock is the home of the Mustang. Though, technically, the car’s first home belonged to Gail Wise, who holds an important place in Mustang lore.

“Ford says that I am the first person to buy a Mus­tang,” the Park Ridge, Ill., resident said.

Then a 22-year-old school teacher, Wise strolled into Johnson Ford in Chicago on April 15, 1964, and left the owner of a brand-new car — one that still resonates with so many.

“Fifty-four years ago I bought a car, (and) we’re still talking about it,” said Wise, who bought the baby blue Mustang for $3,447.50. “I said I feel like a movie star at 76 as well as I did at 22.”