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Ford Mustang co-creator Donald Frey dies

Posted by on March 31, 2010 with 1 Comments

Donald Frey, co-creator of the Ford Mustang (the longest living muscle car of all time), recently passed away at age 86.


Don Frey (Left) and Lee Iacocca (Right) with the Falcon that became the Mustang. Image courtesy L.A. Times.

A few interesting facts about the development of the car:

  • “The whole project was bootlegged,” Frey told USA Today in 2004. “There was no official approval of this thing. We had to do it on a shoestring.”
  • Some sources report that Frey initially met with his team secretly in hotels while getting the project rolling.
  • Frey took the project to Edsel Ford II four times before it was approved.
  • Frey and his team created the car — from the eventual approval by top management to the showroom — in just 18 months, and expectations were modest when it was introduced on April 17, 1964, at the New York World’s Fair.
  • Ford figured it would sell 80,000 Mustangs in its first year. It sold more than a million in its first two years.
  • At his death Frey owned an original Mustang, his son Christopher said, adding that he liked to drive it fast.

A full article on Donald Frey is available from The New York Times – and it’s a terrific read!


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