How Will the Mustang Get on Top of the Empire State Building?

April 16, 2014

In 1965, Ford parked a Mustang on top of the Empire State Building. For 2014, the automaker is set to repeat the stunt with a yellow 2015 GT 5.0 convertible as it celebrates Mustang’s 50th anniversary.

But how is Ford going to do that now?

Prakash Patel, Mustang Program Manager, said that today’s Mustang is “bigger, longer and wider” than what it was in 1965. Transporting it all the way up to the observation deck of the Empire State Building at the 86th floor is “a significant challenge,” he said.

The elevators are 36 inches in width. The engineers then had to chop up the convertible into six parts, each of which are small enough to fit into the elevators. They made mock-ups to make sure the parts will surely fit.

Once the parts reach the deck, the team will start reassembling the yellow GT 5.0. It will take five hours—just in time for the public opening of the 2014 New York International Auto Show.

The Mustang will be on display for two days before it is dismantled again and taken back down.

Check out the video released by Ford to see how the automaker is pulling off this remarkable stunt.

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