The Ford Mustang has ushered in its 50th birthday in style, by being voted as the most desirable classic car by European motorists, carscoops.com reports.
Ford's iconic muscle car is set to reach the half-century milestone in 2014, but it seems the vehicle's appeal hasn't dimmed over five decades. In fact, the car could well be more in-demand than ever, having been named as the most desirable of all classic cars in an AutoScout24 survey.
In taking the title, the Mustang fought off stiff competition from strong rivals including the Mini Cooper, VW Beetle and Citroen 2CV.
The announcement is also very good news for Ford, which is gearing up to release its newest Mustang iteration on European markets next year. It is also good news for Mustang owners, showing just how sought after their vehicles remain. On the other hand, owners may also now look at security options such as car tracking to ensure that a Mustang aficionado with criminal intent doesn't make off with their pride and joy.
Of the 75,000 people who voted in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy and Spain, a staggering 37 per cent favoured the Mustang. Its closest competitor, the BMW M1, meanwhile, could only manage 20 per cent of the vote, whilst Volkswagen's classic Beetle took 11 per cent.
Much of the Mustang's popularity, it was claimed, can be attributed to its adoption in popular culture. In the past 50 years, it has featured in numerous TV shows, films and songs, whilst also spawning a huge range of toys. It has also racked up some nine million sales, ctvnews.ca notes.