A Col­lege Kid’s Dream

Mustang Monthly - - HIND SIGHT -

This month’s Hind­sight photo comes from the Ford Archives. Seen here on Ford’s prov­ing grounds are 44 iden­ti­cal 1965 Mus­tang con­vert­ibles that were part of a 1964 pro­mo­tion to get the newly in­tro­duced Mus­tang into the hands of in­flu­en­tial col­lege stu­dents across the coun­try. In a let­ter dated April 24, 1964, Lee Ia­cocca said, “We have in­vited you here be­cause we be­lieve we have some­thing to say to young peo­ple—par­tic­u­larly the for­ward-look­ing kind of young peo­ple found on our cam­puses. And, we be­lieve that you as so-called thought-lead­ers on your cam­puses, are in a par­tic­u­larly strate­gic po­si­tion to serve as two-way com­mu­ni­ca­tors.”

These line­ups of Mus­tangs were the cars sent to those “thought-lead­ers,” one of which was Bruce Fabri­cant at Michi­gan State Univer­sity. The car is cur­rently owned by Richard Strayer in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia. Watch for the full story in a fu­ture is­sue.

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