The iconic muscle car from Ford will celebrate 50 years of continuous production by soaring to great heights. Literally. Ford is going to place the Mustang on the 86th floor observatory of the famous Empire State Building. Usually, this is a piece of news we would be indifferent to. But since the automaker announced that the Mustang is finally coming to South Africa in 2015, we’re interested.
But this isn’t the first time they’ve stuck a car on the Empire State Building. They did the same thing when the original Mustang made its debut in 1964. And as you can see from these images, it certainly took some doing. No portable crane is able to reach the 86th floor.
So the only feasible choice is to use the elevators. In 1965 they cut a prototype Mustang into three main sections so that it would fit. Since the latest generation Mustang is longer and wider than its progenitor, the challenge is even greater. Thankfully, they’ve got technology on their side.
Using computer engineering data, the team members know just the right places to make the cuts, so everything can be loaded onto custom-made racks that roll into the elevators. Once everything is transported up, they have six hours to reassemble the sections into a complete car. It’ll only be on display from April 16 to 17.