RIP: Donald Nelson Frey
My intermezzo from blogging makes this a bit of old news, but I found it still worth sharing on this blog. Donald Nelson Frey passed away March 5th 2010 at the age of 86, and will always be remembered as the co-creator of the Ford Mustang.
“Donald was the lead engineer responsible for the overall development of the Mustang project which was launched at New York’s World Fair on April 17, 1964. At the height of the Mustang’s popularity Mr Frey was so popular his autograph was often sort from fans, something unheard of in this day and age. The Mustang was largely popular due to its youth appeal, long list of options and general ‘coolness’ which made it a car for everyone and as a result over 400,000 cars were sold in the first year alone, 22,000 of them on the first day!”
In 1967, TIME called Frey "Detroit’s sharpest idea man". Rest in peace Donald.