With the 50th anniversary of the Mustang, discussion and debate rages anew about the design of the original pony car. Here's a bit more grist for the mill.
In a 2005 interview, former Ford President Lee Iacocca -- boss at Ford Division when the car debuted in 1964 -- said he got the idea for a long hood and short deck while still a college student in the mid-1940s.
"I got crazy about [it] based on the original Continental Mark I. ... The Ford recruiter, came to pick me up at Lehigh [University driving one] and I got stuck with the idea. I had a book called Auto Universum, which had all the cars. I looked at all the cars that had those proportions and I said, 'Wow. If we could get that particular look they'd think they'd died and went to heaven.'