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Post Ford Mustang was almost 'Imported from Detroit'

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If not for a quirk of automotive history, the Ford Mustang could have been marketed as 'Imported from Detroit' decades before Chrysler used the slogan.Continue reading Ford Mustang was almost 'Imported from Detroit'
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This is a prime example of some writer who doesn't know ANYTHING about his subject, the Ford Mustang.

He's trying to bring in the fact that HFII's ex influenced this car and its name.

The fact is, the name 'Mustang' was introduced by FORD designers in 1955. Seven times, Henry II shot it down, long before he met his Italian wife.

When Iacocca clandestinely developed the Mustang and fashioned it right on top of a Falcon platform, Henry's response to Lee was, "This better work." Henry and Ford motor Company were still gun-shy and could not stand another flop after paying millions for the Edsel fiasco.

It's no secret that Henry and Lee never got along. Lee's office was nearly ten miles from World Headquarters, in Redford Township. Henry had no time for Lee OR the Mustang but he couldn't deny the booming success this model brought to the Ford Motor Company and the Ford family.

So, there hangs a picture of Henry Ford II standing next to a Mustang in the lobby of Ford World Headquarters. I chuckle to myself every time I see this oxymoron.

Now here we are, some fifty years later, and some 'guy in the know' is writing a book about the Mustang name and how it relates to 'the boss' and his personal life. Yeah, right...

The Mustang had a very long but rocky career with sales soaring then plummeting many times over. Ford nearly dropped this model if it weren't for the Mustang clubs around the world, keeping pressure on WHQ. Finally, in 2001 the Mustang went to Auto Alliance, an old Ford foundry (Michigan Casting Center) converted to an assembly plant and run as a joint venture with Mazda. Mazda made the Probe there but they really wanted a Ford truck because we sell more trucks than cars. (They asked to build the Ranger, but Ford wasn't having that.)

Again, the Mustang dodged a bullet when in recent years, it was announced that this car would be assembled in Italy. It remains in Flat Rock, MI at the Auto Alliance Plant.

The Mustang was always assembled in Dearborn Assembly Plant. What happened to that? Ford leveled the old building and built a new plant (Dearborn Truck Plant) where the aluminum F-150 is assembled.
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Most writers know nothing about the subject. A few years back I was asked to write for a car-themed website. I wrote a few articles and they really liked what I wrote, but the deal required more articles than I could write in the time I allotted for a small "side job". The editor told me that each article should only take an hour to write, but even a small amount of research took me several times that. His "best writer" obviously never spent much time doing any research.
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Amen, brother.
Oh BTW, did I mention that Ford has NO assembly plants in Detroit? It's true so how can the Mustang be 'Imported from Detroit'? It can't. Fiat Chrysler is no longer a domestic company so their cars that are made here can be labeled, "Imported from Detroit".
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