Hollywood's Love Affair With Mustang in High Gear
- Ford's Mustang has made appearances in more than 3,000 movies and TV shows since its introduction in 1964.
- Stefan Thorarensen, an enthusiast from Iceland, runs a crowd-sourced Web site that attempts to capture every appearance of the Mustang on film.
- The newest movie featuring a Mustang will be Need for Speed, set for release in March 2014.
HOLLYWOOD, California — For almost five decades the Ford Mustang has been a darling of Tinseltown filmmakers, with more than 3,000 movie and television appearances since the car's debut in mid-1964.
That staggering number comes from a crowd-sourced Web site called MustangImdb.com. The site is the work of Stefan Thorarensen, an enthusiast from Iceland who belongs to a local Mustang club and also runs another Web site, HighCountryMustang.com
Thorarensen, himself the owner of a 1966 Mustang convertible and a 1994 Cobra coupe, started MustangImdb.com in 2009 with a list of 300 films and TV shows that featured Mustangs. Since then, site visitors have supersized the list by adding many other productions in which they've spotted glimpses of Ford's iconic pony car.
Introduced at the New York World's Fair in April 1964, the Mustang quickly made its movie debut in Goldfinger, released in December of that year. Although the car that first comes to mind for most Bond fans is the Aston Martin DB5 driven by Sean Connery, there's also a breathtaking chase scene in which 007 and assassin Tilly Masterson, in a white '64 1/2 Mustang convertible, swap the lead on a winding Alpine road.
Of course, for movie buffs and car enthusiasts alike, the Mustang's most memorable on-screen performance is most likely in Bullitt, in which a '68 GT 390 Fastback famously eclipsed superstar Steve McQueen. The visual highlight of the film is McQueen in the Highland Green Mustang chasing the bad guys in a black Dodge Charger R/T through the precipitous streets of San Francisco.
From The A-Team to Zombieland, and with films produced in countries that include Australia, India, Mexico, and Turkey, it's impossible to list all 3,000 of the Mustang's screen credits. The most recent one, still in production, is Need for Speed set to release in March of next year, which will prominently feature a 2014 GT500, highly customized with the help of Ford designers.
Edmunds says: Do they make any movies without Mustangs?