Ford Mustang celebrates 50th anniversary with Empire State Building stunt
The all-new 2015 Ford Mustang convertible will take pride of place on the observation deck of the Empire State Building in New York, where visitors will be able to take photographs of the amazing New York skyline and this all-American icon.
Lugging a muscle car up to the 86th floor of the one of the world's tallest buildings was no mean feat in 1965, as no portable crane could reach the observatory floor and the relatively narrow deck made helicopter delivery impossible.
Instead, engineers had to resort the Empire State Building's lifts and set about slicing a prototype Mustang convertible into three sections so if would fit into said elevators.
"Like all good craftsmen, our team is measuring twice and cutting once to make sure we can get this Mustang up in the elevators," said Dave Pericak, Mustang chief engineer.
"Like the team that did this in 1965, the current crew visited the Empire State Building before starting and took careful measurements of its new elevators and doors before cutting up the car."
The new Mustang is some 180mm longer and 100mm wider than its ancestor, making the task even more challenging for Ford engineers. But the team has used cutting-edge computer technology to find the precise areas to slice, so the segments can easily be loaded onto custom-made racks and wheeled into the lifts.
Once everything is transported up 86 floors, the technicians will have less than six hours to reassemble the sections into a complete car that will be on display above Manhattan from April 16-17.
"New York is one of the greatest cities in the world, and it's the place where the Ford Mustang story began 50 years ago," said Mark Fields, Ford chief operating officer.
"We're thrilled to be visiting the architectural landmark that has been the heart of the Manhattan skyline for 83 years with the newest generation of the car that is the soul of Ford Motor Company."
Take a look at images from the original 1965 publicity stunt below: