What Is A Pony Car?
A pony car is a classification of American cars. They are typically compact, sporty, and economical. The pony car’s typical characteristics are a long hood, short trunk lid (decklid), and rear-wheel drive. They are also highly customizable and initially used mass-produced parts. Most people associate the Ford Mustang with generating the popularity of the pony car. The Mustang was first produced in 1964.
In the early 1960s, American motor companies began to recognize the importance of younger consumers. They also noticed a trend toward smaller and sportier cars than the ones that were being produced at the time. Plymouth, Ford, and American Motor Company were all running to get on top of production that cornered the market and catered to the trends. Plymouth released the first pony car in 1964 when they launched the Barracuda.
Two weeks later, the iconic Ford Mustang was released. The Mustang received more critical acclaim than the Barracuda. To say the Mustang was a success is an understatement. Ford had a sales forecast of 100,000 cars in the first year, but they received 22,000 orders on day one. The Ford Mustang’s enormous success solidified its place on the automotive map and helped the pony car market explode.
Later competition would create more automotive iconography. The Pontiac Firebird and Chevrolet Camaro are great examples. The Mustang’s success inspired a long line of inspiration in the global automotive landscape. Automakers like GM Europe and Toyota all created automotive lines inspired by the Ford Mustang’s success and design.