Stylish, affordable, and performance-oriented, the American Pony car had a short but significant tenure in classic car history.
On April 1st, 1964, Plymouth introduced the Barracuda, a compact fastback based on the 106-inch wheelbase Valiant model. Sales were lukewarm. Just two weeks later, Ford debuted their new Mustang. Its good looks and youth-oriented marketing helped make it enormously successful. More than one-million Mustangs were sold in the first eighteen months of production. Because of its popularity, and the fact that it inspired so many competitors, the Mustang sits in automotive history as the original Pony car.
Rising gas prices, safety concerns, and insurance premiums were major reasons Pony cars fell from popularity in the early Seventies.
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