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Gale Halderman, Original Mustang Designer, Dies at 87

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Gale Halderman, the original designer of the Ford Mustang, passed away after battling liver cancer. He was 87.

Halderman sketched the first Mustang in 1962.

“To have lived 87 years and to have designed something that is part of pop culture and automotive history, he had such an impact,” said Jimmy Dinsmore, author of Mustang by Design: Gale Halderman and the Creation of Ford’s Iconic Pony Car, in an interview with the Dayton Daily News. “He did it in such a humble way that has touched the heart of every Mustang enthusiast out there. As great of a designer as he was, he was an even better human being.”

During his 40 years in design at Ford, Halderman was director and executive director of the Advanced Design Studio, Interior Design Studio, Lincoln/Mercury Design Studio and the Ford Design Studio, according to the Dayton Daily News.

Halderman was inducted into the Mustang Hall of Fame for his design. He also received the Motor Trend Car of the Year Award for the design of the 1990 Lincoln Town Car and was honored with the Lee Iacocca Award in 2014, the Dayton Daily News story said.

A celebration of Halderman’s life is planned for the future.

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