Back in October of 1964, Ford Motor Company pulled what was considered by many to be the ultimate automotive publicity stunt – placing a 1965 Ford Mustang Convertible on the 86th floor observation deck of the Empire State Building. At that time, the Empire State Building was the tallest building in the world so the Mustang was essentially parked higher than any car had even been before. Although there are plenty of taller buildings around the world at this point, Ford saw the 50th anniversary of the mighty Mustang as a good reason to repeat this remarkable stunt with the 2015 Mustang GT Convertible.
As was the case back in 1964, the safest way to get the 2015 Ford Mustang GT Convertible onto the 86th floor observation deck of the Empire State Building is to take the car apart and send it up piece by piece in the elevators. The problem is that the door to the elevator, which is similar to the elevator used back in 1964, is only about 36 inches wide. This means that Ford is forced to cut the car apart into small enough pieces to fit through the elevator door, but it needs to be done in a way that it can quickly and easily be pieced back together. Most importantly, Ford doesn’t want visitors of the 2015 Mustang atop the Empire State Building to see that the car was obviously cut apart for transportation.
To give Mustang fans just a quick look at what went into cutting apart the 2015 Ford Mustang GT Convertible, the company has put together the video below walking us through the different stages of planning the Empire State Building stunt. Most notably, Ford had to cut apart the massive unibody floor pan (the biggest single component of the vehicle) into six individual pieces – after the car had been pretty much stripped completely bare. Check out the video below for a walkthrough of what Ford Motor Company had to do in order to get the 2015 Ford Mustang GT Convertible to the top of the Empire State Building and for those folks who will be in New York City on April 16th and 17th, you can visit the 2015 Mustang GT Convertible on the 86th floor observation deck.
The Empire State Building observation deck is open on those two days (and all days) from 8am to 2am, but it should be noted that a trip up to the observation deck will cost you $29 per adult ($26 for seniors) and $23 for kids under 12. That is an awful lot of money for an elevator trip to the check out the view, but for Mustang enthusiasts this is a chance to be a part of an event that only happens every 50 years or so.