Apr 25 2018

Hemmings Daily: AACA Museum to kick off “Mustangs: Six Generations of America’s Favorite Pony”


Hemmings Daily highlighted the upcoming Mustang exhibit at the AACA Museum in Hershey, Pennsylvania featuring the 1963 Mustang III Concept Show Car.

Enjoy,

Howard Kroplick


AACA Museum to kick off “Mustangs: Six Generations of America’s Favorite Pony Car” exhibit
Hemmings Daily Mark J. McCourt on at 8:58 am

Images are courtesy of the AACA Museum, and as credited.

As the AACA Museum celebrates its 15th anniversary this year, this Hershey, Pennsylvania, institution continues to make classic-car fans feel the party is in their honor. Mustang enthusiasts will thrill to the new exhibit, running from May 18 through October 14, that celebrates every iteration of Ford’s bestselling performance sensation. “Mustang: Six Generations of America’s Favorite Pony Car” will include an impressive array of vehicles that represent every era of this car’s 54-year life, and the list of vehicles scheduled to be exhibited includes some truly exclusive examples–factory built and aftermarket–including the two-seat 1963 Mustang III Concept Show Car (shown below) that recently graced the cover of Hemmings Classic Car magazine.

Here’s the full list, as of this writing; contact the AACA Museum for details. The hyperlinks below, where applicable, serve to illustrate the type of car attending, not the particular vehicle itself.

1965 Convertible
1965 Coupe
1966 Shelby GT-350
1967 Shelby GT-350
1967 T-5 Fastback (German export)
1968 G.T. 500E “Eleanor” Tribute (shown below)

The Museum will kick off this display with a special opening night event reception and program, which begins at 5:30 pm on Friday, May 18. At 7:00 pm, attendees will enjoy a Mustang Celebrity Panel Program. Its three special guests will include Chuck Cantwell, the author, former GM styling staff engineer, and project engineer for Shelby American on the G.T. 350 and G.T. 500 between 1964 and 1968. Chuck helped design and build the G.T. 350 R-model racers, as well as the Trans Am cars, serving as race team engineer for the Shelby Mustang Trans Am team; this led to Shelby winning national championships in 1965, 1966, and 1967.

John M. Clor is a longtime automotive journalist, and currently holds the title of Enthusiast Communications Manager for Ford Performance.

And Gale Halderman was the design director for Ford in the early 1960s, and he led the team that brought the first-generation Mustang to production.

Sharing an opening night reception and running concurrently with this Mustang exhibit, is another one sure to make classic-Ford fans smile: There’s a new International Thunderbird Club exhibit, containing three very special cars, debuting in the Museum’s Williams-Clyne Gallery.

Admission to the opening night exhibit reception and program costs $15 per person for non-members, while current AACA Museum members are admitted free; light refreshments and a cash bar will be available. And if you have a Mustang you think would help to tell the model’s story, and would consider loaning it for display in this exhibit, contact the AACA Museum at 717-566-7100 or info@AACAMuseum.org.

1963 Mustang III Concept Show Car

1968 G.T. "Eleanor" Tribute

1968 Shelby GT350 Fastback

Courtesy: Waxman Photography

2003 GT Convertible

Chuck Cantwell, the author, former GM styling staff engineer, and project engineer for Shelby American on the G.T. 350 and G.T. 500 between 1964 and 1968. Chuck helped design and build the G.T. 350 R-model racers, as well as the Trans Am cars, serving as race team engineer for the Shelby Mustang Trans Am team; this led to Shelby winning national championships in 1965, 1966, and 1967.

Jhn M. Clor is a longtime automotive journalist, and currently holds the title of Enthusiast Communications Manager for Ford Performance.

Gale Halderman was the design director for Ford in the early 1960s, and he led the team that brought the first-generation Mustang to production.



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