The Ford Mustang just turned 50, and Ford Motor Co. and Mustang owners all over the world are spending the week celebrating. Special celebrations were organized on the observation deck of the Empire State Building in New York City, as well as in Charlotte, N.C.; Las Vegas; Bejing; Toronto; Dubai, United Arab Emirates; and Melbourne, Australia.
For the New York City celebration, a 2015 Ford Mustang convertible was placed on top of the Empire State Building, as was done back in 1965 when pieces of the Mustang were sectioned and placed in the elevators to be carried to the top.
Despite new technology including advanced cranes and helicopters, a more high-tech method could not be used this year due to the height of the observation deck and the spire above it.
Getting the car to the top of the Empire State Building took six weeks of preparation, including making a scale model of both the car and the elevators so neither the auto or the historical landmark would be damaged.
The Triple Yellow 2015 Ford Mustang convertible was sectioned and then transported in a freight elevator and two passenger elevators to the observation deck. A six-person crew from DST Industries had just six hours (when the observation deck is closed) to assemble the car.
Celebration sets a world record
The Mustang celebration also set a Guinness World Record for the most signatures on an electronic birthday card. It took just one week for 55,720 people from over 160 countries to log onto Ford's website to leave an electronic greeting.
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