A lot of people associate the Ford Mustang as having been Lee Iacocca’s masterpiece. While the man did his fair share to make the first Mustang a reality, the real creative brain behind the outfit is no other than Mr. Donald N. Frey.

Unfortunately for us and the rest of the auto industry, Mr. Frey passed on last March 5 due to a stroke. He was 86 years old.

As the lead engineer who spear-headed the design and development of the Mustang, Frey was instrumental in introducing a totally new car that had a combination of power, style, and spunk to a market that – in that time – was devoid of one. The original Mustang that was rolled out in the 60’s was so popular it still stands today as one of the most iconic car introductions in auto history.

We’re sad to hear about the news that Donald Frey is not with us anymore. He was a trail blazer who was truly ahead of his time and his greatest contribution to the auto industry – the Mustang – will surely live on for generations to come.

Rest in peace, Mr. Donald N. Frey.


Source: New York Times

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  (859) posted on 03.30.2010

No disrespect to Mr. Frey, but Father of the Original Mustang is probably more accurate. Frey didn’t really "design" the Mustang. He was a metallurgical engineer, not an industrial designer. He was more of a product manager for the Mustang. See Wikipedia if you’d like or Google him.

  (460) posted on 03.29.2010

Condolence to Mr. Frey family and friends. He won’t be forgotten, he is a legend & his mustang will live forever. I hope ford make a special edition of Mustang for Mr. Frey’s tribute.

greenmann  (18) posted on 03.29.2010

I like the old FORD MUSTANG photos, they remind about the great history of MUSTANG.

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