Two of the world’s most recognizable icons join together this month when Ford puts an all-new 2015 Mustang convertible on the Observation Deck of the Empire State Building. The display coincides with the global celebration of 50 years since Mustang debuted at the 1964 World’s Fair in New York.
You can see the Ford Mustang convertible on top of the Empire State Building for 54 hours only, April 16 to April 18, 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. The display also coincides with the 2014 New York International Auto Show, which opens to the public on Friday, April 14. I’ll be there, since I’m also an automotive journalist. Read some of my auto reviews on NYCOTC sister website ecoXplorer.
When the Empire State Building opened in 1931 as the then-world’s tallest building, a title it held for nearly 40 years, no one envisioned trying to transport a car up in the original 64 elevators. In 1965, a prototype Mustang convertible was sliced into three main sections plus the windshield in order to fit the sections into those elevators. And engineers are doing the same thing to this Mustang – taking it up the elevator in pieces and re-assembling it on the Observation Deck of the 1,454-foot tall NYC landmark.
Ford Mustang was revealed to the world on the evening of April 16, 1964 before being shown to the public at the New York World’s Fair on April 17. The car officially went on sale the same day and Ford dealers accumulated a record 22,000 sales and orders the first day, more than 418,000 sales in the first year and one million sales in less than two years. Over the past five decades, more than 9 million Mustangs have been sold.