Evan J. Smith
December 20, 2013

Millionth Mustang Rolls from Flat Rock Assembly Plant on April 17.

These are tremendously exciting times for Mustang enthusiasts, as we’re on the verge of the 50th anniversary of America’s favorite ponycar and the release of the newly designed 2015 Mustang. There are lots of unanswered questions—we’re itching to know what it will look like and what the powerplant line up will be. But before Ford releases any information, we’ll see some cool 2014 models, such as the millionth Stang to roll off the Flat Rock assembly line.

“Forty-nine years to the day after its 1964 debut in New York, the iconic sports car celebrates another milestone: One million Mustangs have rolled off the line at Ford’s Flat Rock Assembly Plant since production moved there in 2004,” said our source.

According to our insider at Ford, Group Vice President for Global Product Development Raj Nair rode off the line in a Ruby Red 2014 Mustang convertible at Flat Rock Assembly Plant on April 17. Nair was riding shotgun with Ed Salna, material planning and logistics manager at the plant. Salna is a 27-year veteran of Flat Rock Assembly, who started working there more than a year before the plant produced its first car.

“Mustang is one of the most beloved nameplates in the industry, with fans around the world and throughout Ford Motor Company,” said Nair. “The team here at Flat Rock Assembly has built an outstanding reputation for quality, while producing one million Mustangs over the last nine years, and we expect that to continue for many years to come.”

Team MM&FF has had the pleasure of seeing a Mustang being built at the famous River Rouge Plant (assembly was moved in 2004) and the Flat Rock facility. Mustangs have been built near Ford’s home base in Dearborn, Michigan, since 1964. Mustangs have also been built in Metuchen, New Jersey, and San Jose, California.

Less than two years after the first one rolled out, Wednesday, March 2, 1966, the one-millionth Mustang rolled off the line in Dearborn. Ford has sold more than 8.5 million Mustangs.

Unlike virtually any other manufacturer, Ford has also produced special editions and all-out race cars at Flat Rock.

• In 2006, Flat Rock built a limited run of black and gold Shelby GT-H coupes for Hertz rental fleets to commemorate the 1966 Shelby GT350H rental car.

• 2007 brought the debut of the Shelby GT500 Mustang developed by SVT, with a supercharged 5.4-liter V-8 producing 500 hp—the most ever for a Mustang.

• For the 2008 and 2009 model years, the Mustang lineup included the Bullitt, inspired by the car driven by the title character in the 1968 film of the same name.

Top Model

MM&FF is searching for the next top Stang model to be featured in an upcoming article and possibly on a future cover. Interested models can submit a portfolio with contact information to kristian.grimsland@sorc.com.

10-Second Turbo V-6

Speaking of excitement in the Mustang world, Hector Navarro of Central Florida Motorsports recently cracked the 10-second barrier (again) with his V-6 Mustang using a homebuilt turbo kit. “We ran a 10.89 at 126, which is exactly what we ran previously using a Procharger,” said Navarro, whose Mustang uses typical bolt-ons tied to a stock long-block.

Navarro’s Mustang is a ’11 model with an automatic and is equipped with suspension components from BMR, Steeda and TRZ. It also has a Circle D converter and 3.55s, but the heart of the matter is the CFM turbo that’s based around a Precision 62/66 unit making 12 psi. “I go for the oddball stuff,” he said. “It was tough to make it in the saturated [V-8] market,” notes Navarro, “so I turned my attention to the Focus and V-6 stuff, but we do have some V-8 parts, too. My Mustang currently makes 443 hp, but we are going to build a new engine to make more power,” he added. Look for a full feature on Navarro’s Mustang once he gets the new six-banger up and running.