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Donald N. Frey, Designer of the Mustang, Dies at 86
WSJ ^ | March 28, 2010 | Douglas Martin

Posted on 03/29/2010 4:06:06 PM PDT by Ready4Freddy

Donald N. Frey, the engineer who spearheaded the design and development of the Mustang, the spunky, stylish, affordably priced “pony car” that the Ford Motor Company rolled out in the mid-1960s in one of the most successful car introductions in automotive history, died March 5 in Evanston, Ill., where he lived. He was 86.

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Though much of the Mustang was borrowed from other Ford vehicles, including a Falcon chassis, the car developed an identity all its own for a younger generation in search of new looks and experiences. It was designed to appeal to both men and women, had a dash of elegance copied from European sports cars, and featured a galloping steed in the middle of its grille that buyers thought was, well, really cool.

Steve McQueen was almost upstaged by the souped-up Mustang he drove in the movie “Bullitt.”

Mr. Frey and his team created the car — from approval by top management to the showroom — in just 18 months, and expectations were modest when it was introduced on April 17, 1964, at the New York World’s Fair. Ford figured it would sell 80,000 Mustangs in its first year. It sold more than a million in its first two years.

Mr. Frey (pronounced fry) would go on to other achievements. He was chairman and chief executive of the Bell & Howell Company, recipient of the National Medal of Technology and a member of the executive board of the World Bank. He was proudest, he said, of helping to introduce safety improvements like disc brakes and radial tires to Ford cars.

But to automotive cognoscenti and just plain car lovers, the Mustang was his defining accomplishment. At gatherings of Mustang enthusiasts, Mr. Frey was often besieged by autograph hunters in the manner of a rock star.

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


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KEYWORDS: automakers; ford; fordmotor; frey; mustang; obituary; ponycars
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1 posted on 03/29/2010 4:06:07 PM PDT by Ready4Freddy
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To: Ready4Freddy

Ooops, it’s NYT, not WSJ, obviously...


2 posted on 03/29/2010 4:07:40 PM PDT by Ready4Freddy ("It's not the number of burnt cars that worries me. It's the fact that everyone finds this normal..")
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To: Ready4Freddy

A beautiful car. I hope there will be pictures (hint, hint). RIP Mr. Frey.


3 posted on 03/29/2010 4:08:14 PM PDT by LuvFreeRepublic (Support our military or leave. I will help you pack BO!)
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To: Ready4Freddy; alfa6

OOPS....wrong Mustang!


4 posted on 03/29/2010 4:08:46 PM PDT by Loud Mime (Liberalism is a Socialist Disease)
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To: Ready4Freddy

My Mom bought me the first year as my first car. I think it was 1965. I was 15 1/2.


5 posted on 03/29/2010 4:09:54 PM PDT by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: Ready4Freddy

6 posted on 03/29/2010 4:10:05 PM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: LuvFreeRepublic

The first Mustang....the prototype

7 posted on 03/29/2010 4:10:34 PM PDT by Loud Mime (Liberalism is a Socialist Disease)
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To: Ready4Freddy
As a Ford fan and former owner of some old stangs that I never got to restore, Job well done Mr. Frey. You made tons of people happy and given the accolades of the new V6 and V8, "your Stang' " is in good hands.

RIP....

9 posted on 03/29/2010 4:12:39 PM PDT by taildragger (Palin/Mulally 2012)
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To: Ready4Freddy

RIP, Don the Predator Frey.


10 posted on 03/29/2010 4:12:45 PM PDT by omega4179 (www.JDforsenate.com)
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To: Ready4Freddy

11 posted on 03/29/2010 4:12:47 PM PDT by jessduntno ( If someone calls me racist, I reply "you are just saying that because I'm white!")
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To: Ready4Freddy
My 1966 (sold 7 years ago) to put a down payment on a home) salutes you!






12 posted on 03/29/2010 4:13:36 PM PDT by SparkyBass
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To: Loud Mime

WOW, never would have guessed that was the first Mustang. Thanks for the post.


13 posted on 03/29/2010 4:13:47 PM PDT by LuvFreeRepublic (Support our military or leave. I will help you pack BO!)
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To: Ready4Freddy

Greatest car ever.


14 posted on 03/29/2010 4:13:51 PM PDT by SHOOT THE MOON bat (Somewhere in Kenya a village is missing it's idiot.)
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To: Ready4Freddy
My wife was given a ‘64 1/2 Mustang (pony embossed seats; wooden steering wheel; turquoise) — used with about 12,000 miles on it — by her Dad when we were dating. What a fun car! A few years later, when we had our first child, it was time to move on to a larger car. I didn't know what I could get for it at the time — so I put it in the paper asking for $500... and then I cleaned it up and I think I could have gotten 2X that. But our first offer came from a recently returned Vietnam vet and we were happy to let it go — I hope he enjoyed it as much as we did.
15 posted on 03/29/2010 4:21:06 PM PDT by ReleaseTheHounds ("The problem with Socialism is that eventually you run out of other people's money." M. Thatcher)
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To: SHOOT THE MOON bat
“Greatest car ever.”

Ouch!

You're a cheap date...

16 posted on 03/29/2010 4:22:44 PM PDT by Leo Farnsworth (I'm really not Leo Farnsworth.)
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To: Ready4Freddy
Five for Fighting: '65 Mustang
17 posted on 03/29/2010 4:26:27 PM PDT by Interesting Times (For the truth about "swift boating" see ToSetTheRecordStraight.com)
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To: Ready4Freddy
One of the great American Muscle Cars....I think there's a Car in this picture...LOL
18 posted on 03/29/2010 4:26:31 PM PDT by jakerobins
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To: LuvFreeRepublic

Looks like the Corvair, or that Fiat thingy, doesn’t it?


19 posted on 03/29/2010 4:27:26 PM PDT by Loud Mime (Liberalism is a Socialist Disease)
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To: Ready4Freddy

Best Mustang commercial EVER.

The whole Bullitt car chase.

A whole lot of bets were made on how many hubcaps the Charger lost and how many times they passed that Volkswagen.

20 posted on 03/29/2010 4:27:29 PM PDT by Richard Kimball (We're all criminals. They just haven't figured out what some of us have done yet.)
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To: SparkyBass

No seat belts or head restraints?

I wonder if Dear leader knows about this....


21 posted on 03/29/2010 4:29:44 PM PDT by PA-RIVER
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To: jessduntno
What a car!

Here's the greatest Mustang commerical ever!

22 posted on 03/29/2010 4:32:09 PM PDT by Loud Mime (Liberalism is a Socialist Disease)
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To: Richard Kimball

LOL....beat me to it!


23 posted on 03/29/2010 4:32:43 PM PDT by Loud Mime (Liberalism is a Socialist Disease)
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To: jakerobins

Whats my wife doing in you Garage ?


24 posted on 03/29/2010 4:33:44 PM PDT by PA-RIVER
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To: jakerobins
I think there's a Car in this picture...LOL

You'll have a hard time proving it...
25 posted on 03/29/2010 4:34:42 PM PDT by Dr.Zoidberg (Warning: Sarcasm/humor is always engaged. Failure to recognize this may lead to misunderstandings.)
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To: SycoDon

Same thing happened to Harley Earl. The Oldsmobile F88 is one example, but the official Harley Earl site, that I believe is run by his son, http://www.carofthecentury.com is a rundown of how GM ousted Earl to take the company in the direction that eventually led to the problems today.


26 posted on 03/29/2010 4:34:43 PM PDT by Richard Kimball (We're all criminals. They just haven't figured out what some of us have done yet.)
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To: Loud Mime

Hahahaha...Field of Dreams...

“is this Heaven?”

No, it’s Iowa!”


27 posted on 03/29/2010 4:34:47 PM PDT by jessduntno ( If someone calls me racist, I reply "you are just saying that because I'm white!")
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To: Loud Mime

I notice we think alike, too. We used almost the exact same words to describe it.


28 posted on 03/29/2010 4:35:48 PM PDT by Richard Kimball (We're all criminals. They just haven't figured out what some of us have done yet.)
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To: PA-RIVER

Kind of interesting, I saw an interview with Lee Iacocca where one of the networks was trying to create a controversy about the original Mustangs not being safe, and Iacocca fired back that he wasn’t going to sit there and let them insult the original designers for not including safety concepts that wouldn’t be invented for twenty years.


29 posted on 03/29/2010 4:38:31 PM PDT by Richard Kimball (We're all criminals. They just haven't figured out what some of us have done yet.)
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To: SparkyBass

Same color as my 1966 GT convertible. Pony interior identical to yours except no a/c in mine. Changed out the 289 for a 302 engine. Great toy—when I was still driving it to the office it got far more attention than my BMW.


30 posted on 03/29/2010 4:41:33 PM PDT by Czar (NRA Life Member)
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To: Richard Kimball

I will never forget the first time I saw that commercial. It is one of those monuments in life.


31 posted on 03/29/2010 4:43:49 PM PDT by Loud Mime (Liberalism is a Socialist Disease)
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To: Loud Mime

I thought about putting (Ford Mustang) at the end of the title, but forgot.

At age 86 now, Mr Frey would have been ~16 years old when the P-51 first flew. Perhaps Sheldon Cooper could have designed it in his teens, but no other. ;>)


32 posted on 03/29/2010 4:46:20 PM PDT by Ready4Freddy ("It's not the number of burnt cars that worries me. It's the fact that everyone finds this normal..")
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To: Mr. Mojo
Mmm, love those first-generation Fastbacks. In fact, I own one!
It looks a lot like this; same color, same wheels, but a '65 gunmetal grille and - unlike this one, mine still has windshield wipers and side mirrors. No matching P-51D, alas...

Thanks for all the miles of smiles, Mr. Frey. You done good.

33 posted on 03/29/2010 4:53:41 PM PDT by Charles Martel ("Endeavor to persevere...")
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To: Ready4Freddy

Rest In Peace, Mr. Frey, and thank you for your wonderful gift.


34 posted on 03/29/2010 4:57:39 PM PDT by NonValueAdded ("The real death threat is their legislation" Rush Limbaugh, 3/25/10)
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To: Charles Martel

Nice ‘Stang there, CM! I’m with ya — the first-gen fastbacks were the pinnacle of their design history. The GT version with the K-code 289 motor is the one to have. I had a ‘65 convertible with the detuned 289 back in the day.


35 posted on 03/29/2010 5:10:05 PM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: Ready4Freddy; a fool in paradise
Mustangs are designer horses? Who knew?


36 posted on 03/29/2010 5:12:09 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Richard Kimball

Now, if I could just have the Firebird (not too happy about the white color though), and the GOAT also shown in the chase scene, I’d be a happy camper.


37 posted on 03/29/2010 5:12:47 PM PDT by AFreeBird
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To: AFreeBird
I was never a Firebird guy, but I would have loved to have had Bandit 1.


38 posted on 03/29/2010 5:22:34 PM PDT by Richard Kimball (We're all criminals. They just haven't figured out what some of us have done yet.)
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To: Charles Martel
Sweet!

I'll take the old one in the back. :)

39 posted on 03/29/2010 5:24:16 PM PDT by AFreeBird
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To: Loud Mime

That was a cool commercial and I love Mustangs as much as any red blooded American but I still had to laugh when I saw the CURVES he put in that track. Typical Mustangs, even those built today, do NOT handle like sports cars.

(I shall now don my Nomex underwear)


40 posted on 03/29/2010 5:28:39 PM PDT by Nik Naym (My new business plan : open a chain of stores that sell hot tar, feathers, rope, and lamp posts.)
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To: Loud Mime
OOPS....wrong Mustang!

That's okay, a classic is still a classic!!!

Might as well post a P-51 pic, eh?

Regards

alfa6 ;>}

41 posted on 03/29/2010 5:30:02 PM PDT by alfa6
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Re: Greatest Mustang commercial ever...

What a pity that the ad agency wasted the Bullitt footage on that damned Puma ad. Yeah, it's cool when the car backs into the garage next to the '68 Mustang and the WWII-period motorcycle, but it *should* have been a Mustang ad.

42 posted on 03/29/2010 5:31:38 PM PDT by Charles Martel ("Endeavor to persevere...")
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To: Richard Kimball
I was partial to the '60~73 Birds. In HS I did own a '70 Formula RAMAIR III 400. A GOAT motor coupled to a Muncie M-22 Rock Crusher. Sucker cooked. Speedo went to 160 and I observed 150 in it back when I465 was relatively sparse of traffic. Lord I miss that car. Even if it suck down the guzzoline. I liked all the F-Body's, but only had one Camaro, an '80 Z-28.

I would also love an old GOAT!

Here's a particularly nice one I wouldn't mind. I was seven when the made her.


43 posted on 03/29/2010 5:37:57 PM PDT by AFreeBird
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To: Czar
Great toy—when I was still driving it to the office it got far more attention than my BMW.

That is so true. People will follow you and hang halfway out of their car window to shout purchase offers at you. When I trailered the car during a move, I had people pace me for dozens of miles at a time, just so they could stare at the car.

44 posted on 03/29/2010 5:40:25 PM PDT by Charles Martel ("Endeavor to persevere...")
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To: Loud Mime

Awesome commercial! Have you ever seen a commercial for an American car that had the driver speeding toward a bridge and they showed the shocks of the car automatically lower a couple of inches and not hit the bridge? I cant remember the make or model of car but remember it being American and that the shocks had a technology to them that would lower the car the faster the car went.


45 posted on 03/29/2010 5:43:14 PM PDT by FreeManWhoCan (I like dogs better than I like most people.)
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To: Ready4Freddy

Rest in great peace sir!

Our 04 Cobra Terminator was so badass... and the last of the SVT Cobras.....


46 posted on 03/29/2010 5:44:45 PM PDT by Danae ( The sleeping Giant is awake)
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To: Ready4Freddy

My first car was a 65 Mustang I bought from my father.

It had a manual transmission and I used to sit in the driveway practicing shifting in preparation for learning how to drive.

I adored that car.
Until a drunk driver turned in front of me on the way to school one morning and my sister went through the windshield.
It did one heck of a number on the front end and went to the scrap heap. Damn.


47 posted on 03/29/2010 5:54:31 PM PDT by freds6girlies (many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first. Mt. 19:30. R.I.P. G & J)
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To: Charles Martel
I have a few similar stories.

Once, I was on the way home and casually noticed someone a moderate distance behind me most of the way. Once I get to the bottom of our foothills, I usually goose it a bit just to wring it out a little. I went through our "windys" and got to my street and pulled up into my driveway and garage. As I got out of the car, I looked back down the driveway to see a car had just pulled up--a woman got out and said to me: "I've been trying to flag you down from the time you turned toward the foothills but you were going so fast I couldn't catch up". Turns out she was a mom helping plan and organize the senior prom at our high school. She said the theme of the prom was the 60s and asked me if she could take a photo of the Mustang to work up into an oversized poster for the prom. I told her to go ahead and that I was honored to have my own personal stalker.

48 posted on 03/29/2010 5:55:18 PM PDT by Czar (NRA Life Member)
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To: Ready4Freddy

My dad bought me a 1967 Mustang when I was 17. It had a horrible paint job but it ran pretty good. Loved that car...but it would have been nice to have had some air conditioning in it. With the windows down, I always got my hair messed up. lol


49 posted on 03/29/2010 8:05:34 PM PDT by TNdandelion
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To: freds6girlies

OK....we know about the car. What about your sister?


50 posted on 03/29/2010 9:17:55 PM PDT by Loud Mime (Liberalism is a Socialist Disease)
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