Ford takes on a sky-high adventure as it sets out to celebrate its 50th birthday. It took six weeks of preparation time, but the Ford staff has now successfully — for the second time — displayed the all-new 2015 Mustang atop the observation deck of the Empire State Building.
As part of Ford’s celebration of 50 years of Mustang production, a team of engineers recreated the infamous stunt that Ford originally completed in 1964. Ford is proud to revisit the Big Apple after releasing the original model at the 1964 World’s Fair in New York City. Towering 1,000+ ft. over Manhattan, the sleek and sexy 2015 Mustang continues to make headlines as one of the most iconic muscle cars in American history.
This was a tough task. To assist, Ford turned to a longtime friend in DST Industries out of Michigan for support, the same company that helped Ford complete the task 50 years ago. The duo can proudly claim responsibility for being the only car on the observation deck in the entire 83-year history of the Empire State Building.
“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 for this celebration.”
Check out this video for a complete look at everything that went in to this unique event.
Up, up and away
Due to position of the observation deck, delivering the car by crane or helicopter are not feasible options. To circumvent this, the team is following a procedure similar to the one used 50 years ago by utilizing the building’s elevators to transport section of the ‘Stang to the 86th floor. After the team performed a critical inspection of the building, they began to plan out the necessary cuts that needed to be made to ensure safe and reliable transport.
The team proceeded to make practice cuts on a Mustang body before cutting, packaging and transporting the the car in specially fabricated crates. After months of work, they are finally able to see the fruits of their labor as the Mustang is on display on April 16th and 17th. While we have included a few photos, you can view the full gallery on the Ford Media site by clicking here!
Look out for the 2015 Mustang at Randall Reed’s Planet Ford in Humble (serving Kingwood, Atascocita, Conroe, Katy and Greater Houston) later this year. For a full selection of 2014 Mustangs, New Fords and pre-owned vehicles, cruise on over to our dealership off Hwy 59 or browse our inventory online at www.PlanetFord59.com!