Composite 1965/2015 Mustang Debuts at National Inventors Hall of Fame Museum
Ford is introducing a unique display piece to the National Inventors Hall of Fame Museum: a side-by-side comparison between the 1965 and 2015 Mustang that is, quite literally, one half of one half of each car wedged together side-by-side. Basically, it’s Ford and NIHF’s version of Composite Superman, and it’s pretty neat.
Composite Mustang will be a permanent facet of the Intellectual Property Power Exhibit at the museum, which is on the campus of the US Patent and Trademark Office in Alexandria, Virginia. It will be accompanied by an interactive display that will focus on the patent process and the advancement of automotive technologies over the course of 50 years.
“Everything moved so fast in the design and run-up to production of the original Mustang that there were no styling patents issued back then,” says Chris Danowski, Ford director of technology commercialization and intellectual property licensing. “Now look at the current car; 2015 Mustang Convertible alone was granted 36 styling patents, which ensure the unique look stays with the car. It also has many unique functional patents for things like the airbag structures, 911 Assist, and so many other technologies baked right in.”
Visitors to the museum will be able to sit in either half of the vehicle in order to compare both the aesthetics and features of each generation. The 1965 Mustang replica will make up the left side, while the right side will be a replica of a right-hand-drive Mustang similar to that sold in Europe.
Ford also notes that company founder Henry Ford was highlighted at the National Inventors Hall of Fame on Wednesday as part of the ceremonial unveiling.