This exhibit will cater to the serious Mustang hobbyist as well as the general public, including a story-line of how the Mustang concept was developed along with some unusual models.
The Mustang began as a brilliant business model: You start with a reliable but inexpensive car, the Falcon, which is well-established that no costly engineering is needed. Then, you design a body with an appealing and unique shape — a short deck and a long hood. Give it a base price that suggests almost anyone can afford to buy one. Then, offer it with enough options that it can become anything its owner desires: a practical and thrifty six-cylinder runabout, a high-performance muscle car, or a sporty-looking luxo-cruiser. Introduce it to the public in a high profile venue: the 1964World’s Fair in New York.
The idea worked; the Mustang sold like the proverbial hotcakes, and Lee Iacocca became a household name overnight. But after you achieve this remarkable success, how do you keep it going for over 50 years? That is the story that we will tell as part of this exhibit.
The exhibit covers six generations of Mustangs, as well as a few featured Mustangs such as the 1963 Mustang III Concept Show car, an early production special order prototype ordered by Henry Ford, II (1 of 3), a T-5 European Export Fastback, a Saleen prototpe, Boss Mustangs, Shelby Mustangs and many more!