Lexington city leaders celebrate 50th anniversary of classic car

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - An event held in Lexington Thursday was about more than just the 50th birthday celebration of a classic American car. City leaders say its symbolic of putting the American middle class back in the drivers seat.

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray and Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear have never owned a Mustang, but they say they have some stories they could tell about them.

But, the bigger story, they say, is the importance of family businesses like Paul Miller Ford, which has been in Lexington for generations. They say it's an example of how this country's economy relies on the success of small businesses.

"We've been here for 60 years on Central Kentucky and serving thousands of Mustang owners. Today marks a special day for us," said J.P. Miller, President of Paul Miller Ford.

WKYT viewers have been sharing their Mustang stories with us on our Facebook page, as well as pictures, some of classic Mustangs, some are more modern.

You can share your Mustang story with us on our WKYT Facebook page.

Paul Miller says it'll be getting some 2015 Mustangs in the next few months.

Thursday marks the 50th anniversary of the day Ford introduced the Mustang at the 1964 New York World's Fair. To celebrate the anniversary of this American icon, Lexington Mayor Jim Gray will hold a press conference at Paul Miller Ford to proclaim April 17 "Ford Mustang Day."

Since its introduction 50 years ago, 9.2 million Mustangs have been produced and sold.

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