Ford Mustang tops European survey as most desirable classic car

1965 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350

1965 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350  (Ford)

Ford will celebrate the 50th anniversary of its iconic Mustang in 2014, and it seems that after five decades, the sports car still has a strong fan base. According to a survey conducted by AutoScout24, the Ford Mustang is the most-wanted classic car among European collectors. The flattering distinction precedes the forthcoming launch of Ford's next-generation Mustang on the continent.

The Ford Mustang was named as the top classic car by 37 percent of the survey's 75,000 respondents, hailing from Germany, Austria, Belgium, Spain, France and Italy. The American sports car bested the BMW M1 (20%) and the Volkswagen Beetle (11%).

Since introducing the model in 1964, Ford has sold 9 million Mustangs. The sports car has appeared over 3,000 times on TV and in movies, and has inspired a myriad of songs, toys and works of art.

Ahead of the Mustang's 50th anniversary in 2014, Ford has launched a series of videos on YouTube honoring the legendary vehicle.

Watch a video on the origins of the Ford Mustang: