Iacocca Silver 45th Anniversary Edition Ford Mustang revealed

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 26, 2010

Lee Iacocca, who introduced the first Ford Mustang at the New York World's Fair forty-five years ago in 1964, made it recently public that they are coming out with a new variant of the legendary muscle car called the Iacocca Silver 45th Anniversary Ford Mustang.

There will only be 45 copies of the 2009 special edition cars and each will feature a special Mustang fastback appearance and a specially chosen silver hue paint finish. 

The car was almost two years in the works and it is a joint project of Iacocca designer Michael Leone and Gaffoglio Family Metalcrafters. The car is the first of the latest customization program dubbed the I Legacy, and through Galpin Ford, a California-based dealership, the car becomes available to the public.

The Iacocca Silver Edition Mustang is, to a large degree, built by hand and comes with many exclusive features such as the deep-set headlights, inclined grill and low posture.

Patterned after the underpinnings of the 2009 Mustang, the new version is offered with either a normally ventilated 4.6-liter V8 that produces 320hp (239kW) or the supercharged variant with 400hp (298kW) as option. Both models will receive a five-speed manual transmission as standard. The suspension has also been improved to accommodate extra power.

Included in the Ford Racing and Handling Pack are more rigid springs and re-valved shocks with an optional 14-inch Ford Racing Braking Package also available.

The car sits atop 20 inch forged aluminum wheels. The interior of the car is equipped with diamond stitched leather trim, a signature dash plaque and serial number by Iacocca, a steering wheel wrapped in leather and door sill plates in aluminum.

Furthermore, the limited-edition Mustang will arrive at the Galpin Ford dealership in Southern California in the latter part of July this year. Details of pricing and availability will be available soon.

Press Release

Lee Iacocca Ford Mustang

I Legacy, the team responsible for introducing the stunning Iacocca Silver 45th Anniversary Edition Ford Mustang, in concert with Galpin Ford, announced today that pricing on the iconic, limited edition cars will start at $89,950.

Built by Gaffoglio Family Metalcrafters, a company known for building some of the most awe-inspiring concept cars for numerous auto manufacturers for more than 28 years, the Iacocca Mustang is a breathtaking vehicle that utilizes the latest in Ford performance technology with a style and panache that screams Mustang fastback.

The car is an exceptional piece of modern day coach building, an art dating back to the 1930s and 40s, reaching a zenith with European sports cars of the 50s and 60s. It is a hand-built example of an art form that is all but lost today.

By blending old world craftsmanship, new world technology and uncompromising integrity, Gaffoglio Family Metalcrafters provides superb expertise with every car. Each of the 45 limited edition Mustangs are custom-built by a team of talented artists, using composite construction Laminates, a reinforced material that is primarily used in aerospace design.

"The Iacocca Mustang embodies all the elements of a car that will be a future collectible," said Keith Martin, publisher of Sports Car Market magazine. "It is stunning in appearance, will be built in limited numbers and has top-flight performance. Further, given its true custom-built nature, it is being offered at a very reasonable price."

The hand-crafted vehicles, all painted in a specially-created Iacocca silver hue, are fabricated using only the finest tooling, with each part separately cured in an autoclave. As a result, every part of the Iacocca Mustang is extremely light, but very strong.

The Iacocca-designed hood crest is custom built by a distinguished jeweler and every emblem is hand-finished and polished. Front and rear wheels are cast aluminum and chrome plated for a sheen-like finish and the center caps are machined and also chrome plated.

While the exterior fastback design of the Iacocca Silver Mustang is compelling, the mechanical underpinnings are true American muscle. Two Ford Racing power options are offered for the normally-aspirated 4.6-liter Ford V8 300hp – *a Ford Racing 85 mm cold air kit with 320 horsepower or *an optional Ford Racing supercharger that delivers a head-snapping 400 horsepower. Both come with a factory Ford warranty. Drivers will harness the power through a quick-shifting 5-speed manual transmission.

Inside the Iacocca Silver Mustang, the interior is resplendent with luxurious touches that highlight the car's special heritage, including Iacocca Diamond Design leather seats with embroidery stitching, an Iacocca signature dash plaque with serial number, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with "I" badge and Iacocca-badged aluminum door sill plates.

The Iacocca Silver Edition Mustang is a collaborative effort by Lee Iacocca, designer Michael Leone, and Gaffoglio Family Metalcrafters, the world-class coachbuilding and Design Company in Fountain Valley, Calif. Galpin Ford, the largest volume Ford dealer in the world, is the exclusive dealership to offer these Iacocca Silver 45th Anniversary Edition Ford Mustangs to the public.

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