Designer of the Mustang, Donald Nelson Frey, Dies at 86

Earlier this month, Donald Nelson Frey, the co-creator of the Ford Mustang passed away from an apparent stroke. Donald was the lead engineer responsible for the overall development of the Mustang project which was launched at New York’s World Fair on April 17, 1964. The Mustang was Ford Motor Company’s most successful launch since the Model A.

At the height of the Mustang’s popularity Mr Frey was so popular his autograph was often sort from fans, something unheard of in this day and age. The Mustang was largely popular due to its youth appeal, long list of options and general ‘coolness’ which made it a car for everyone and as a result over 400,000 cars were sold in the first year alone, 22,000 of them on the first day!

Through the years people such as Steve McQueen only added to the ‘coolness’ of the ‘pony car’ taking a fastback on a legendary chase through the streets of San Francisco in Bullitt, cementing it in history as one of the most notable muscle cars of all time.

Donald Nelson Frey was born on March 13, 1923 in Waterloo, Iowa. He was 86.

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