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Mustang 50th anniversary party wraps up in Las Vegas

Mustang owners and car lovers from all over the world gather in Las Vegas to celebrate the vehicle's 50th birthday.
Mustang owners and car lovers from all over the world gather in Las Vegas to celebrate the vehicle's 50th birthday.
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Mustang enthusiasts from all over the world spent the week-end celebrating the iconic Ford vehicle. The festivities commemorating the Mustang's 50th birthday, in Las Vegas, wrapped up today. Other celebrations were also held in Charlotte, North Carolina, Dearborn, Michigan, and at the Empire State Building in New York City.

More than 3000 Mustangs were displayed on the grounds at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Owners brought their classics from all over the U.S. and Canada. Several international Mustang Clubs were represented. A large group came from Australia, another large group traveled from France. German and Dutch Mustang fans also joined the celebrations.

Organizers estimated that more than 25,000 people attended the week-end events. Ford COO Mark Fields headlined a birthday celebration and introduced the limited-edition 50th Birthday Mustang. Henry Ford III attended a special event held at the Shelby Las Vegas facility. Ford Vice President of Design, Moray Callum, attended a banquet honoring Hal Sperlich, the man who is believed most responsible for creating the iconic vehicle.

Fans were able to see rare vehicles, like the original 1962 Ford Mustang I Roadster Concept Car. Ford sent several unusual Mustangs from the Henry Ford Museum, located in Dearborn, Michigan. A unique Mustang Wagon was also on display. It was created by a Ford designer, who loved the vehicle, but needed more room. More than 9 million Mustangs have been sold since it was introduced in 1964.

The Mustang Club of America organized the celebrations and created special souvenirs to mark the historic event.