Written by independent automotive journalist Steve Statham
Imagine, if you will, an automotive landscape that turned out differently than the one we know. If history had taken different turns at key moments, who knows what kinds of cars would have bidders raising their hands at auction?
There was a time when Lee Iacocca, former president of Ford Motor Co., was the man most associated with the Ford Mustang. When the car was launched, the “father of the Mustang” was featured on the cover of both Time and Newsweek magazines.
Yet when we look at the collector Mustang market, it is overflowing with Mustangs bearing other names – Shelby, Saleen or Roush, entrepreneurial men who took Iacocca’s baby and made it their own. What if Iacocca had leveraged his clout to create his own distinct specialty Mustang?
He did, actually, but only briefly and late in the game. A 2009 Iacocca Silver 45th Anniversary Mustang (Lot #419) offered for sale at No Reserve at BJAC Palm Beach is a glimpse of not only reality, but what might have been. To coincide with the Mustang’s 45th anniversary, Iacocca teamed with designer Michael Leone, coachbuilder Gaffoglio Metal Crafters and California dealer Galpin Ford to create a Mustang carrying his name.
The car is far more than just a parts-bin Mustang. Metal Crafters created a unique profile that carried the fastback roofline all the way to the back of the decklid. The clean, distinctive front end features recessed headlamps. Iacocca Design 20-inch wheels tie it all together. On the inside, you’ll find Iacocca Design diamond leather seats, Iacocca door sill plates and a numbered dash plaque. This example has the optional supercharged V8, rated at 400 horsepower, teamed with a 5-speed manual transmission.
This Iacocca Mustang is number 20 of the 45 built, and has less than 500 actual miles. It comes with a certificate of authenticity. It is one of the rarer specialty Mustangs, but it’s easy to see how Iacocca-branded Mustangs could have become a common sight had history taken a slightly different course.
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