An iconic piece of American muscle car history just hit a big milestone—the Ford Mustang celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, and it’s being remembered in many ways. To commemorate the heritage and future of the famous car, Ford published this fascinating video showing the transformation of the original Ford Mustang morphing into its modern looks of the 21st century.

Personally, I have a special affection for this car—my husband and I have great memories from a road trip we took to Florida in his Ford Mustang. And millions of others have their own memories with these infamous cars. Looking back on the car’s history, here are some fun facts about the Ford Mustang.

  • The Ford Mustang has been in nearly 3,000 movies, including Goldfinger, Bullitt, Gone In 60 Seconds and Need for Speed. (Source: Ford)
  • In March 1966, Mustang sales surpassed 1 million, and it remains one of the fastest-selling production cars of all time. (Source: About.com)
  • In 1997, Bill Wideman hit 233.5 mph in a 1966 Mustang fastback to break the fastest land-speed Mustang record. (Source: MotorTrend)
  • The most expensive Mustang ever auctioned off was a 1967 Shelby GT500 Super Snake, fetching $1.3 million. (Source: Mustangs Daily)
  • Celebrities that have been proud pony owners include: Jim Morrison, Charlie Sheen, Jay Leno, Cher, Bob Seger, Bill Clinton, Tim Allen and Eminem. (Source: Vintange-Mustangs.com)
  • Most recently, the Ford Mustang received an official Guinness World Record for the most signatures on an electronic birthday card, with more than 50,000 fans wishing the car the very happiest of birthdays. (Source: Ford)

Do you have any special memories, fun facts or a favorite model of the Ford Mustang to share? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below.