Ford has officially kicked off testing of the right-hand-drive variant of its sixth-generation, 2015 Mustang, according to a statement issued by the company, which came with the above photo.

According to Ford, this will mark the first time a right-hand-drive 'Stang has traveled down the company's assembly line alongside its LHD brethren. It is far from the first of the legendary pony cars to feature its wheel on the wrong side, though, as converters in RHD markets across the globe have been making swaps for years.

Ford is planning on using the white, droptop Mustang for RHD development ahead of the car's arrival in the UK, Australia and South Africa, among other markets. Scroll down for the official press blast.
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AUG 15, 2014 | DEARBORN, MICH.
TESTING ON ALL-NEW RIGHT-HAND-DRIVE MUSTANG BEGINS

Ford's new Mustang goes on sale this fall in the U.S. and globally in more than 120 countries next year
This is the first time in 50 year history that the Ford Mustang will be available in a factory-built right-hand-drive configuration
More than 25 new right-hand-drive markets will be able to purchase the new Mustang, including the United Kingdom, Australia and South Africa

For the first time ever, a right-hand-drive Ford Mustang will roll off a Ford assembly line when global production begins. The addition of a right-hand-drive Mustang to Ford's lineup of global vehicles will allow the iconic pony car to be exported to more than 25 right-hand-drive markets around the world, including the United Kingdom, Australia and South Africa.

Mustang engineers recently finished construction of the very first right-hand-drive sixth-generation Mustang. The prototype Mustang will be used to conduct various development tests in preparation for the car's entry into the global market in the coming months.

While the United States is the largest market for Mustang with more than 9.2 million sales since the car's debut in 1964, more than 161,000 Mustangs have been sold outside of North America in that time. In 2012 alone, more than 4,000 Mustangs were sold in 35 countries outside of North America, ranging from the United Arab Emirates to Chile to the Philippines.

While Mustang has more than 100 fan clubs around the globe, and was recently voted "Europe's Most Wanted Classic Car" by AutoScout24, bringing a right-hand-drive Mustang to market will allow more enthusiasts to experience the car than ever before.

50 years of Mustang
Ford Mustang is the newest member of a very exclusive club – vehicles in continuous production for 50 years. The car has a worldwide base of fans, including more than 7.6 million on Facebook – the most of any vehicle nameplate. From the beginning, Mustang's unique combination of style, performance and affordability established an entirely new class of sporty cars, and it has led the segment ever since.

The sixth-generation Mustang goes on sale in the United States this fall, and will eventually be available in more than 110 countries worldwide.


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      dss10
      • 4 Months Ago
      The new choice for rural mail carriers!
      dukeisduke
      • 4 Months Ago

      I'm glad to see an official RHD Mustang.  I've always been a little suspicious of the quality of RHD conversions.

      Matt
      • 4 Months Ago

      That's the least flattering picture of the new mustang I've seen; I guess white is not its color (at least in the 'vert).The Coupe in Guard (green-grey) with the performance pack wheels looks hot as sh!t, and I've never been a Mustang guy. If it drives well, I'd take it over a M235i, and I am a big BMW fan. 

      Firefly
      • 4 Months Ago

      "It is far from the first of the legendary pony cars to feature its wheel on the wrong side..."


      Historically, since the first automobiles were right-hand-drive, that IS the right side...

        The_Zachalope
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Firefly

        Historically, since pony cars were left-hand-drive, the statement makes complete sense.

        JohnAZ
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Firefly

        Have you ever seen a cowboy mount his pony from the right hand side? Of course not. It's the wrong side.

        Andrew Pappas
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Firefly

        Ok let's get pedantic...

        The FIRST automobiles had central mounted tillers. Not steering wheels. Therefore it was universal no matter what the local rule of the road is.


        The steering wheel was first in major use by Panhard in the 1890s.  Obviously with England being a keep left country the wheel was placed on the right for greater visibility.


        As travel became easier in the early 20th century, people pushed to standardize.  Generally keep right was chosen.  This was not as critical for the UK, its island colonies, or Japan whose road system followed the convention of its rail system...which was of English design.


        Roughly 75% of  world's countries follow keep right.  As globalization of car engineering has spread, the marketing and engineering for one, the other or both has become of greater concern.  


        As far as economies go, the vastly greater market share of LHD cars by virtue of number of units make it "right"....no matter what the hosts of TopGear say ;)

          aatbloke1967
          • 4 Months Ago
          @Andrew Pappas

          One-third of global car production consists of right hand drive vehicles. "Wrong side of the car/road" ought to remain the vestige of the average eight year-old.

      ACURA23CL
      • 4 Months Ago

      All I see are clear tails.

        The Other Bob
        • 4 Months Ago
        @ACURA23CL

        I have seen clear tails on Cadillacs built near me in Lansing, MI.  I assume that is for export markets for some reason.

      Brodz
      • 4 Months Ago

      It's not on wrong side it's one the right side. Tell me it's not on the right side?

      Silver
      • 4 Months Ago