April 2, 2014
It’s Not King Kong, It’s A Mustang
Way back when King Kong climbed the Empire State Building, it was done with cameras and a little bit of movie magic.
According to USA Today, Ford announced on March 25, 2014 that their King Kong, a 2015 Mustang, is going to make an historic trip to the top and sit on the rooftop deck. Of course it won’t get up there under its own power, it will have a little help.
This will mark the second time a Mustang has made it to the top. Back in 1965, a Mustang was divided into three pieces, plus its windshield, and was brought to the top and reassembled. The new Mustang is longer and wider than the one used in 1965, so another plan had to be implemented. Ford engineers are planning to take the Mustang up 86 stories in an elevator, piece by piece. Then it will be reassembled; all within six hours.
The convertible Mustang will be viewable from 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. on April 16 and 17. Coincidently (or was it planned?), this event is going on at the same time as the New York Auto Show.
“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. 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.” Ford’s chief operating officer, Mark Fields said in a statement.
April 17, 2014 is the 50-year anniversary of the Mustang and Fox News says that in addition to recreating the 1965 event, Ford will also be unveiling the limited edition 50th anniversary Mustang at the show.
“Like all good craftsmen, our team is measuring twice and cutting once to make sure we can get this Mustang up in the elevators. 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,” Dave Pericak, Mustang chief engineer said.
“It is a privilege to celebrate the new Ford Mustang, to bring together our two iconic brands, and to make new history with Ford. The Empire State Building and Ford Mustang are both historic innovators – today, as in the past,” said Empire State Realty Trust Chairman, President and CEO Anthony E. Malkin.
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