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Ford Mustang Celebrating 50 Years As San Diego Auto Show Gets Underway

The San Diego International Auto Show opens Jan. 1, 2014 for a five-day run at the San Diego Convention Center.

The array will include 2014 models from major manufacturers, electric vehicles and muscle cars -- especially the Ford Mustang, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Photo/Alvintrusty
The array will include 2014 models from major manufacturers, electric vehicles and muscle cars -- especially the Ford Mustang, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Photo/Alvintrusty

More than 400 new models will be on display when the San Diego International Auto Show opens tomorrow for a five-day run at the San Diego Convention Center.

The array will include 2014 models from major manufacturers, electric vehicles and muscle cars -- especially the Ford Mustang, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary.

Among the Mustang showpieces on display at the west end of the convention center will be:

-- a 1965 Emberglo convertible

-- a 1973 Mach I

-- a 2007 Shelby GT500

-- 2004's 40th anniversary edition GT Coupe and

-- a 2012 Boss 302.

About 15,000 square feet will be dedicated to exotic cars from makers such as Lotus, Maserati, Ferrari, Lamborghini and others.

Friday will be Electric Vehicle Day, with representatives from San Diego Gas & Electric on hand to provide information on rates available to drivers of battery-powered cars. Numerous EV models will be on display.

Informational booths will include details about state and federal tax credits for electric vehicles, rules for carpool lanes and use of charging stations.

Sunday will be Ford Family Day. Children 12 and under are free when accompanied by a paying adult. Also, four free tickets are available at participating Ford dealers around San Diego County.

Free tickets are also available to active-duty and retired military members and their families at area Toyota outlets.

Otherwise, prices are $12 for adults 13 years old and up, $9 for seniors 62 and up and military with identification, and $8 for children ages 7-12. Kids up to age 6 are free.

The show is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.

DB December 31, 2013 at 07:39 PM
I still have my high school car that I purchased form my Aunt in 1979....1965 Mustang K Code GT.....While from a power standpoint, my Mercedes will outrun it, but it still gets the looks! May have to take a trip down to San Diego just for kicks.....
AlwaysPO'd December 31, 2013 at 09:42 PM
Technically it's the 49th year. There is no such thing as a 1964 Ford Mustang.
Toni McAllister (Editor) December 31, 2013 at 10:37 PM
AlwaysPO'd -- you don't go for the 1964 1/2 story? I was around back then, but way too young to remember. Looking for someone who can post the "real" story without using the WikiPedia version. Calling any and all hardcore Mustang aficionados! Thanks!!!
AlwaysPO'd December 31, 2013 at 11:39 PM
Toni, I've been a Mustang nut from way back and have had many of them and been in a few shows and I have never seen a 1964 Mustang. I remember there were folks camping out for these cars. They were initially built alongside the '64 models but they all had a VIN number designated as a build year of 1965.

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