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Lee Iacocca's very own Mustang

Edward Green |
Every manager studied the life of Lee Iacocca just like every auto fan knows everything about Ford Mustang. Two legends of gas and tires are now joined in the Iacocca Silver 45th Anniversary Edition Ford Mustang.

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Forty-five years after he introduced the original Ford Mustang, auto industry visionary Lee Iacocca announced a new version of the famous muscle car. The Iacocca Silver 45th Anniversary Edition Ford Mustang is a breathtaking vehicle that utilizes the latest in technology with a style and panache that screams, Mustang fastback.

Only 45 "2009 and a half" Iacocca Silver Edition Mustangs, all painted a special "Iacocca" chosen silver hue, will be built.

Nearly two years in the making, the Iacocca Silver Edition Mustang is a collaborative effort by Iacocca, designer Michael Leone, and Gaffoglio Family Metalcrafters, the world-class coachbuilding and Design Company in Fountain Valley, Calif. The new business venture is called I Legacy, and it will be in concert with Galpin Ford, the exclusive Ford dealership to offer these Iacocca Silver 45th Anniversary Edition Ford Mustangs to the public.

In a word, the new Iacocca Silver Edition Mustang is stunning. The lines flow organically from front to rear. The hand-crafted piece of rolling art, with its innovations and impact of the fastback design is truly exceptional in every way. With its sunken headlights, slanted grill and low stance, the car gives you "street attitude." "Once in a while a car comes along that changes everything, and that was the original Mustang," said Iacocca.

The car begins life on a 2009 Mustang platform, which is then uniquely modified and coachbuilt. While the exterior fastback design of the Iacocca Silver Mustang is compelling, the mechanical underpinnings are true American muscle. Two power plant options will be offered, a normally-aspirated 4.6-liter Ford V8 rated at 320 horsepower and an optional supercharged version that delivers a head-snapping 400 horsepower. Both engines are covered by a factory Ford warranty. Drivers will harness the power through a quick-shifting 5-speed manual transmission.

The car's suspension has been upgraded to keep pace with the power delivery. A Ford Racing Handling Package adds firmer springs and re-valved shock absorbers. A 14-inch Ford Racing Braking Package is optional. All suspension components will be covered under a factory Ford warranty, as well.

Inside the Iacocca Silver Mustang, the interior is resplendent with luxurious touches that highlight the car's special heritage, including Iacocca Diamond Design leather seats with embroidery stitching, an Iacocca signature dash plaque with serial number, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with "I" badge, and Iacocca-badged aluminum door sill plates.

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