To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Ford Mustang, Ford recreated an iconic moment from its “Mad Men” era. The 2015 Mustang was put on the roof of the Empire State Building, the same thing Ford did 50 years ago to celebrate its debut.
Well how do you get a 2015 Mustang on top of one of America’s most iconic structures? It isn’t easy. Watch below as the Ford experts assemble a car that’s ready for the Big Apple.
“This week, the band is getting back together as Ford and DST bring the all-new Mustang to the Empire State Building to honor 50 years on sale,” said Dave Pericak, Mustang chief engineer. “We’ve taken the new Mustang to new heights of technology and refinement, so we decided to take it to new heights literally for this celebration.”
The Mustang making it to the top of the Empire State Building was completely stripped down, and surface was cleaned to make sure everything was perfect.
Then it was painted and cut to hold all the sections together. Custom rolling carts and wooden crates carried each section separate.
Each of the loaded carts was then weighed to ensure everything stayed within the weight limits of the elevator and the observation deck.
“The observation deck is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 2 a.m., leaving our crew of six with only a six-hour window to get everything out onto the deck and get the car assembled,” said Pericak. “Before we shipped the crates to New York, the crew spent several days practicing the entire assembly process – timing everything down to the minute – much like a NASCAR or Formula One pit crew.”
The 2015 Ford Mustang debuted in at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit on Jan. 2014. We saw it for the first time in Cleveland in February 2014.Redesigned in and out, this may be the most import Mustang of all time.
Design-wise, the 2015 Ford Mustang features a trapazoid grille, thin swooping headlights, and the return of the fastback with a sleek profile and sloped windshield and rear glass.