This fall, kids can discover the car that re-defined cool when we unveil the next giant LEGO® model here at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort.
In the spring of 1964, the Ford Mustang’s long hood and short rear deck made it an instant sensation when it was introduced to an eager public. More than a half-century later, we’re introducing that American classic to a whole new generation in an awesome way. In association with Southern Ford Dealers, one of our longtime sponsors, we’re creating a life-sized version of the original Mustang out of thousands of LEGO bricks.
The giant Mustang model will be built at the U.S. headquarters of The LEGO Group in Enfield, Conn., and then will make several appearances around the country before arriving at the theme park this fall. It’s a 1:1 replica of the so-called “1964½” V8 coupe, the very first model that delighted American car buyers after debuting at the New York World’s Fair on April 17, 1964.
The life-size “1964½” Ford Mustang model will go on display outside the theme park’s popular Ford Driving School attraction, courtesy of longtime sponsor Southern Ford Dealers. Visiting the park recently were, left to right, Joe Cohen, Global Team Blue; Jim Scott, Jarrett-Scott Ford; Blakeley Vinicky, Global Team Blue; Philip Weikert, Weikert Ford; and Brian Jarrett, Jarrett Automotive Group. Blakeley is holding a LEGO® Ford Mustang GT, from Speed Champions set No. 75871, released in 2016.
Ford Driving School is where this timeless beauty will call home, replacing the LEGO version of the Ford Explorer that has appeared in thousands of guests’ photos since the theme park opened in 2011. Don’t worry — we’ve got plans for the Explorer. After a bit of TLC, it’s going on permanent display at an exclusive location we’ll announce at a later date.
Detroit produced 92,705 versions of the 1964½ Mustang, but only LEGOLAND Florida Resort guests will be able to beam at this original. Don’t be surprised if this pony has a few secrets under its hood!
The LEGO Master Model Builders in Connecticut know approximately how many bricks it will take to re-create the first Ford Mustang. Do you?