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Iacocca re-introduces the Mustang!

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Luc Gagné
Forty-five years ago, Lee Iacocca unveiled the first “pony car” in history during a spectacular press conference held on the site of the 1964 New York World’s Fair. And since this sports car was making its debut in the automotive world in the middle of the year, it was registered as a “1964 ½” edition.

Lee Iacocca and the 2009 Iacocca Silver 45th Anniversary Edition.

At 85, Lido (his real name) is at it again. In collaboration with Galpin Motors, a Southern California mega-dealership representing Ford, among others, he introduced this week the Iacocca Silver 45th Anniversary Edition. And it was only natural that this unique Mustang be tagged a 2009 ½!

To evoke the Mustang’s “age”, only 45 Iacocca Silvers will be produced, all painted a special “Iacocca” chosen silver hue.

Development of the Mustang took two years and involved designer Michael Leone and Gaffoglio Family Metalcrafters of Fountain Valley, California. They’re the ones behind the Foose Coupe but also numerous Chrysler concept cars, including the Dodge Demon and the 2006 Imperial.

The Silver is built on the 2009 Mustang platform, and its body evokes the Mustang Fastback of the past. Two 4.6-litre V8s will be available under the hood: a naturally aspirated version kicking out 320 ponies and a supercharged mill producing 400 hp. Both engines, coupled with a manual five-speed transmission, are covered by Ford’s warranty.

The suspension has been adjusted in accordance with engine output, with the addition of the Ford Racing Handling kit including stiffer springs and special shocks. The options list includes 14-inch discs.

Inside, the Iacocca Silver boasts a sumptuous layout featuring, among other things, exclusive leather seating. A commemorative plaque with Iacocca’s signature and the car’s serial number reminds us of its exclusivity, as do the “I” badges (for Iacocca, who else?) adorning the steering wheel and door sill plates.

The Iacocca Silver will go on sale at the end of July exclusively at Galpin Ford in California at a yet-to-be-announced price.

“Once in a while, a car comes along that changes everything, and that was the original Mustang,” said Iacocca. (With the Silver, the Mustang myth is perpetuated alongside that of Iacocca!)

photo:Joey Julius, NGEN Media
Luc Gagné
Luc Gagné
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