Ford will have to disassemble the Mustang and use elevators to bring it to the observation deck.
To celebrate the upcoming 50th anniversary of its iconic pony car, Ford has announced plans to recreate an impressive 1965 stunt in which it displayed the Mustang Convertible atop the Empire state building.
To get the 2015 Mustang Convertible to the 86th floor observation deck, Ford will have to go through the same painstaking process it used for the original stunt: technicians will disassemble the car into pieces small enough to fit into the building's elevators, then put it all back together at the top.
As no portable cranes are tall enough to reach the 86th floor, and the spire above the observatory makes helicopter delivery impossible, elevators are the only way to get the Mustang where it needs to go. Adding another degree of difficulty, the new Mustang is nearly seven inches longer and four inches wider than the '65 model.
"Like all good craftsmen, our team is measuring twice and cutting once to make sure we can get this Mustang up in the elevators," said Dave Pericak, Mustang chief engineer. "Like the team that did this in 1965, the current crew visited the Empire State Building before starting and took careful measurements of its new elevators and doors before cutting up the car."
Once all the Mustang's components have made it up, technicians will have six hours to reassemble the car before it goes on display. Visitors will be able to view the 'Stang on April 16 and 17, dates that coincide with the New York Auto Show.