How to get a Ford Mustang on top of the Empire State Building

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Ford Mustand build process

One of America's most famous exports is celebrating its 50th birthday this year – and there are some big plans under way to mark the towering (get it?) achievement.

Headlining a plethora of special celebrations around the world marking the Ford Mustang reaching the big five-o is a re-creation of an event that happened in 1965.

Five decades ago the Blue Oval partnered with DST Industries and put a Mustang Convertible on the 86th floor observation deck of the Empire State Building in New York City.

Now, exactly 50 years later, they've done the same again.

"This week, the band is getting back together as Ford and DST bring the all-new Mustang to the Empire State Building to honour 50 years on sale," said Dave Pericak, Mustang chief engineer. "We've taken the new Mustang to new heights of technology and refinement, so we decided to take it to new heights literally for this celebration."

Ford has taken one of its brand new Mustang Convertibles from Michigan and cut it into tiny pieces for reassembly on top of the historic landmark. Engineers had to transport each piece in the building's interior lifts outside of opening hours, before unveiling it to the public today. When the observation deck closes at 2am on Friday, engineers will again descend on the car, taking it apart and transporting it back down in the lifts.

Because of the Empire State Building's sheer height and architecture, craning and transporting the car by helicopter were ruled out. Engineers had to use a freight lift and two passenger lifts to construct the car on the 86th floor.

"The observation deck is open to the public from 8am to 2am, leaving our crew of six with only a six-hour window to get everything out on to the deck and get the car assembled," said Pericak.

"Before we shipped the crates to New York, the crew spent several days practising the entire assembly process – timing everything down to the minute – much like a NASCAR or Formula One pit crew."

Watch the video below to see the build process.