The 50th anniversary of the Ford Mustang is coming up, and to celebrate, Ford is taking the newest iteration of this pony car to great heights, literally. Because the original Ford Mustang debuted at the 1964 World’s Fair in New York City, Ford is returning to the Big Apple to replicate a 1966 stunt in which it put a Ford Mustang on top of the Empire State Building, which was then the tallest building in the world.
Although the Empire State Building no longer holds that title today, Ford has already begun disassembling a 2015 Ford Mustang convertible in preparation for the stunt, which will take place on April 16 and 17 during the 2014 New York auto show. In order to transport the 2015 Ford Mustang up to the observation deck on the 86th floor, Ford must break the car down into various parts small enough to fit into the building’s elevators of the building. That’s slightly more difficult this time around compared with 1966, as the first-generation Ford Mustang was nearly seven inches shorter and four inches narrower than the new car.
Once the various parts of the car make it up to the top, Ford’s team of technicians is tasked to reassemble the car within six hours. Then, the 2015 Ford Mustang convertible will be on display for the public for two days, at the end of which it will be once again disassembled and brought back down. Why such a complicated process? No portable crane is high enough to reach the 86th floor of the building, and the tall spire over the observation deck makes it nearly impossible for a helicopter delivery of the car.
Stay tuned for more coverage of this undertaking, and if you’d like to see the 2015 Ford Mustang in person atop the Empire State, visitors to the observation deck can take a look at this pony car anytime between 8 a.m. and 2 a.m. on April 16 and 17.