If you’ve ever seen a Ford Mustang – which you should have – then you know that iconic horse on the front of the car. There have always been theories about why it’s there, and why the car is named a Mustang.
Like many ill-informed people out there, you’d likely think the Ford Mustang is named after the mustang horse. In a nutshell, a mustang is a famous horse known for its strength, stamina, and speed, like the car. A mustang is also known for its untamed freedom. So it’s definitely an ideal image for an awesome car. However, the car isn’t named after the horse.
You’ve likely heard whispers of the Ford Mustang actually being named after an airplane. Officially, this is actually true. There are a plethora of theories out there, but Ford’s official story behind the naming is from the American P-51 Mustang. The P-51 Mustang is one of the Allies’ major advantages during World War 2. This fighter airplane is known for falling many Luftwaffe.
Originally, the idea of putting an icon of the P-51 Mustang on the Ford car was thrown into the brainstorm, but it just didn’t make sense. Honestly, an airplane on a car. That wouldn’t make sense would it? And so they found the icon of a mustang horse more attracting. Youths at the time the Ford Mustang was developed found the car very attracting. The car is ever evolving, and its quality has only ever been improving.
Poke around the net, and you’ll find many similar traits between the fighter plane and the car. No matter what the story is behind the Ford Mustang, whether you want to think the Ford Mustang as a plane, a horse, or simply a car, is up to you.