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Ford kicks off Mustang history video series

It's only been 49 years, but in that time Ford has churned out over 9 million Mustangs.

We're fast approaching the 50th anniversary of the birth of one of the most iconic vehicles in the history of American motoring. And we're also approaching the time when we'll see the Mustang here in right-hand drive as a Ford performance hero.

The iconic Mustang muscle car will replace the Falcon as Ford’s performance hero in 2016, the same year the Falcon is axed. Ford’s global vice president of sales and marketing, Jim Farley, will officially announce the decision in Sydney on August 13.

Australia will not get the Mustang currently on sale in North America but an all-new model that’s been designed for global sales. Some countries will get a four-cylinder version of the new Mustang but Ford Australia is understood to only be taking the V8 performance models.

The new car is due to be unveiled at next year’s New York motor show, the 50th anniversary of the Mustang. That's a fairly big birthday so Ford plans to celebrate in rather grand fashion with a series of videos that celebrate the magnificent machine.

The series is called Mustang Countdown, and it starts with a look back at the original concept. Called the Mustang I, this machine looks more Mach 5 than what the Mustang morphed into. Still, it's the starting point for the popular pony car. From there, the countdown series moves on to a wide range of Mustang-related subjects.

One of our favorites takes a look at an amateur chase film shot using RC cars in what is touted as a "cliche action sequence". It's a great use of the talented young filmmaker's skill on a small scale.

It's only been 49 years, but in that time Ford has churned out over 9 million Mustangs. That is a whole lot of prancing ponies running the streets, and we can't wait to see what Ford has in store for the next generation of this American legend.