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It was easy to pick on him for a while (Mustang II, K-Cars), but he had one hell of a career. And from a vehicle sales standpoint, he was way more right than wrong. I have a lot of respect for him.

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A giant in the auto industry, RIP

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While the K car was ridiculed in the market they were profitable and the concepts behind the production were sound and lead to how cars are made today. It saved Chrysler at the time. Transverse engine, front wheel drive on a common platform simplifying the supply chain. There were some common platform cars prior to the K platform but not to the depth and extent in terms of models and parts used.
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What a man with vision! I read one of his bio years ago, so impressive. RIP father of our passion.

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He designed our favorite car! RIP

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Everyone is forgetting the "Minivan" concept.....probably the first real "Crossover" made... Chrysler made out like a bandit on that one... even though the Minivans had the worst transmissions in the industry and died within a few years...

Rest in peace Lee...

Thanks for the info Rick...

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Everyone is forgetting the "Minivan" concept.....probably the first real "Crossover" made... Chrysler made out like a bandit on that one... even though the Minivans had the worst transmissions in the industry and died within a few years...

Rest is peace Lee...

Thanks for the info Rick...

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Interesting tidbit - when Chrysler bought AMC, the Minivan concept came with the deal. Yep, AMC had designed the first minivans, but didn't have the funds to execute on production.

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Unhappy Iacocca

I met with Gale Halderman last July 5th, as I passed thru his area. He told me of his recent meeting with Iacocca and that he was not doing well at the time. Gale told us of the early gays of dealing with Ford and how Iacocca and the team had to "manage" things so as to get the mustang approved. Gale did visit him when he could and said Iacocca always lit up when he was there and they had a good time on these visits. I also had the honor of meeting Don Frey at the Ford 100 and listened to his tales of the early mustang days. Both are gone now but the legacy and history they left us will continue on for generations. Their foresight and tribulations to get a car approved that would eventually alter the automotive industry says a lot for the entire team that worked so hard for so many years. I never had the opportunity to meet Mr. Iacocca but I do remember Don telling us of his proudest idea- He came up with marketing mustangs to secretaries! He told me the ladies had bought more mustangs in every year since 1967 and that was what he wanted to be remembered for! For the rest of all of you- try to get near Dayton and visit Gale's museum. It's a visit you will cherish forever~
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Interesting tidbit - when Chrysler bought AMC, the Minivan concept came with the deal. Yep, AMC had designed the first minivans, but didn't have the funds to execute on production.
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Chrysler bought AMC in 1987. The Chrysler minivan debuted in 1984.

The first minivan was Chevrolet Corvair Greenbriar.

Lee Iaccoca did not design the Mustang. Gale Halderman was the chief designer.

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I'm told that Mr. Iacocca will be laid to rest in Detroit, Wednesday July 10th.
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I met with Gale Halderman last July 5th, as I passed thru his area. He told me of his recent meeting with Iacocca and that he was not doing well at the time. Gale told us of the early gays of dealing with Ford and how Iacocca and the team had to "manage" things so as to get the mustang approved. Gale did visit him when he could and said Iacocca always lit up when he was there and they had a good time on these visits. I also had the honor of meeting Don Frey at the Ford 100 and listened to his tales of the early mustang days. Both are gone now but the legacy and history they left us will continue on for generations. Their foresight and tribulations to get a car approved that would eventually alter the automotive industry says a lot for the entire team that worked so hard for so many years. I never had the opportunity to meet Mr. Iacocca but I do remember Don telling us of his proudest idea- He came up with marketing mustangs to secretaries! He told me the ladies had bought more mustangs in every year since 1967 and that was what he wanted to be remembered for! For the rest of all of you- try to get near Dayton and visit Gale's museum. It's a visit you will cherish forever~
Have to agree! Was at Gale's museum last Friday with the Fairlane Club of America. Gale was so down-to-earth for a man of his position. Interesting that he said it wasn't himself nor Lee that made the Mustang happen but Hal Sperlich! While there I bought a copy of Gale's new book "Mustang by design". Was the best part of the FCA National Meet.
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