The Man Behind the Mustang
As one of the most famous muscle car brands in American history, the Mustang brings a sense of power, speed, and aggression to the road. Having endured years of changing consumer demands and the rising and falling of the economy, the Mustang continues to impress to this day. Behind every great muscle car, though, is a hard-working individual who developed the idea in the first place. Let’s take a look at the life of Lee Iacocca, the man behind the Mustang.
Born on October 15, 1924 in Allentown, Pennsylvania, Lee Iacocca began his career with Ford Motor Company after attending Princeton University. He then started out as an engineer at Ford, but eventually switched to sales, and from there, he moved into product development. Gradually moving up the ranks, he became Ford’s president in 1970, a role which lasted until 1978. While serving as the vice-president, however, he became the mastermind behind the Mustang. The muscle car debuted midway through the 1964 model year, and in 1965, it enjoyed the most successful launch in Ford’s history since the Model A, which was released in 1928., when Iacocca was just four years old.