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Ford Mustang turns 45

Much to the delight of Ford Mustang fans everywhere, the car celebrates its 45th anniversary next week.


Thousands of Mustang enthusiasts from all over the world will converge in Birmingham, Ala., on April 17--officially declared "Mustang Day" by the state of Alabama--to celebrate the 45th anniversary of an American icon: the Ford Mustang.

Ford and the Mustang Club of America join the celebration of America's favorite pony car with a four-day celebration at the Barber Motorsports Park. The event is expected to draw more than 2,500 Mustang enthusiasts and their beloved steeds, as well as hundreds of thousands of spectators, Ford said in a press release.

On the eve of the 45th anniversary, Ford will auction off the first retail 2010 Ford Shelby GT500 and two Mustang GT concept cars during the 7th Annual Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach Collector Car Auction April 9-11, 2009, at the Americraft Expo Center at the South Florida Fairgrounds.

All proceeds above MSRP from the sale of the 540-horsepower 2010 Ford Shelby GT500 will benefit the Carroll Shelby Children's Foundation, created by automotive icon Carroll Shelby to help children battling life-threatening illnesses and promote the importance of organ and tissue donation.

(Source: Ford)