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Mustang marks its 50th anniversary on top of Empire State Building

1966 Mustang on top of the Empire State Building observation deck.
1966 Mustang on top of the Empire State Building observation deck.

Ford Mustang will be visiting the Empire State Building to mark the 50th anniversary of its debut there when its 1965 prototype convertible was first displayed on the building's 86th floor observatory in April 16, 1964
"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."

Getting the car up there, however, will require a feat of careful planning and engineering since the Empire State Building's height of 1,454 feet makes it impossible for a portable crane to lift it up to the 86th floor. In addition, the spire makes it impossible to use a helicopter. As a result, the only other is to figure out how to get the vehicle in and out of an elevator.

"Like all good craftsmen, our team is measuring twice and cutting once to make sure we can get this Mustang up in the elevators," stated Mustang chief engineer DavePericak. "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."

He also noted that the new model is 7 inches longer and four inches wider than the original car. In addition, Ford's technicians will be required to reassemble the vehicle in only 6 hours before it goes on public display. Readers can view the new Mustang convertible on the Empire State Building observation deck for 54 hours April 16-17 from 8 AM to 2 AM.