10 millionth Mustang shatters sports car record; Ford to celebrate


When Samuel Crawford’s grade-school teacher asked her students what they wanted to do when they grew up, his classmates said they wanted to be doctors, lawyers and accountants.

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When Samuel Crawford’s grade-school teacher asked her students what they wanted to do when they grew up, his classmates said they wanted to be doctors, lawyers and accountants. Sam said he wanted to build Mustangs, and his classmates laughed.

“The ’64 Mustang had just come out,” Crawford said. “All I could think about was that brand new pony car.”

Of his 31 years at the Flat Rock Assembly Plant south of Detroit, Crawford has spent the last nine putting racing stripes on Mustangs. On Wednesday he joined thousands of Ford workers celebrating production of the 10 millionth Mustang.

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10 millionth Mustang shatters sports car record; Ford to celebrate

Of his 31 years at the Flat Rock Assembly Plant, Crawford,’has spent the last nine putting’racing stripes on Mustangs. Today, he will join thousands of Ford workers celebrating production of’the 10 millionth Mustang.

“I do what I said I wanted to do,” he said. “I didn’t know how they were built, but I knew I wanted to be a part of it. And I have worked on 4,000 or 5,000 Mustangs.”

The iconic vehicle has been’America’s best-selling sports car in the last half century and the world’s top selling sports car three years straight.

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