An Old Stunt With The New Mustang – Scaling The Empire State Building
The picture you see on the right was taken in 1965 and no, it has not been photoshopped–Ford really did put the first generation Mustang on the 86th floor’s observation deck back on October 20th, 1965. The stunt was part of a grand plan by Ford to further the high profile 1964 launch of their wildly popular ponycar and would inevitably be one of the more stand-out moments from the car’s first years in production.
Now, Ford is attempting to relive the glory days by pulling the same stunt for the Mustang’s 50th anniversary on April 17th of this year–a full 50 years after the first Mustang was shown to the public at the World’s Fair in New York City. However, taking the modern convertible to the top of the Empire State Building is going to be much more complicated this time around.
Showing Off the 1966 Mustang Convertible
It was no walk in the park getting the first Mustang up 86 floors as the 1966 ‘Stang was a much smaller car than the 2015 Mustang. Even back in the ’60s, Ford had to disassemble the entire thing, breaking it up into four large sections, and ship it over 1,400 feet to the observation deck via an elevator. This time around, Ford has the daunting task of doing that very same thing again, this time with a much bulkier and technologically advanced display piece.
The 2015 Mustang is seven inches longer and four inches wider than the 1966 convertible was, but the elevators have remained the same size. To make things fit, Ford engineers had to digitally recreate the scenario in order to find the right areas to chop up the vehicle, ensuring it would make it to the top of the Empire State Building. They even went as far as to make custom racks to transport everything to and from the 86th floor. Once they reach the observation deck, things won’t get much easier:
” …the technicians will have less than six hours to reassemble the sections into a complete car that will be on display above Manhattan. ”
If you want to see how well Ford did recreating their Manhattan stunt from 1965, they will have the new Mustang on display to visitors from 8am-2pm on April 16th and 17th.