Lee Iacocca oversaw the birth of the Ford Mustang back in the 1960s, rocketing the new pony car nameplate into million-unit sales territory in its initial go-round and cementing its place in the history books. Thus, we were immediately drawn to this latest episode of Jay Leno's Garage, in which the funnyman hosts Iacocca for a look at the origins of Ford's most iconic sports car. The legendary auto exec is looking notably more frail than when we last saw him, but if we're being asked around as a video guest when we're 89 years old, we'll consider that evidence of a life well lived.

Serial No. 0001 is on hand for the occasion for Jay's romp through history, as is the historic Mustang 1 showcar from 1962. Of course, the all-new 2015 Ford Mustang GT (in prototype form) makes an appearance at the end of the episode with chief engineer Dave Pericak, as well. Get some, below.


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      eggleboo
      • 1 Year Ago
      Mr. Iacocca is a classic just like the Mustang.
      gfirealty
      • 11 Months Ago
      It is upsetting to see such a robust, outspoken, energetic and forceful personality such as Iacocca reduced to a barely audible, shrunken old man. But at 89, which is much older than most live, he is a living legend in the automotive industry. They don't make them like that anymore.
        gtv4rudy
        • 11 Months Ago
        @gfirealty
        Yea, I find it upsetting also not just because seeing Iacocca like this after many years out of the spotlight but because it seems like time has flown by so fast that it won't be long before we all get there just like Iacocca.
      Jaybird248
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's kind of a shocker to see Lee like that, but I guess time gets to us all. Still, his mind seems sharp, and it would have been nice if big mouth Leno let him say more.
      vwatson524
      • 11 Months Ago
      wow! Iacocca is getting up there! In respect I think I will go out and pull the dust cover off and stare at my 1966 K code coupe.
      Black Dyanmite
      • 1 Year Ago
      Haven't seen Lee in a long time. Father Time finally caught up with him. He is an automotive icon worthy of great respect. BD
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      JIM
      • 1 Year Ago
      I wonder what would have happened if Ford had allowed them to build the Mustang they designed, instead of reskinning a Falcon. Then the Mustang11 was a reskinned Pinto, not much to celebrate. Except for the Shelbys they were pretty much junk.
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      Cyberbro
      • 1 Year Ago
      Lee Iacocca, is still a cool cat!
      eggleboo
      • 1 Year Ago
      My first car was a 66 Mustang Convertible. I had what I thought was a major leak on it and a mechanic that I later found out was not honest with me, told me it wasn't worth fixing. I was 18 years old and believed the guy. He bought it from me for $200. I found out later that it was an easy repair and he took the car for himself. I have missed that car every day of my life since. Never had another car that meant as much to me as that Mustang. What I wouldn't give to face that mechanic today and tell him shame on him for swindling an 18 year old girl who worked since she was 13 to buy herself her dream car.
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      sgomez2539
      • 1 Year Ago
      I admire Leno's passion for the automobile but a Mustang guy he is not. Sadly he wasn't thoroughly prepared for the show, as he made a couple mistakes that either Iacocca or the historian dared to correct: FIRST: The Mustang I NEVER was part of the Allegro program or used that name. The Allegros were front engined four seaters very much like the production Mustang and were part of the Mustang development process, like the historian said correctly the Mustang I was a completely separate project; SECOND: Edsel Ford II is not related to the Ford Motor Company in any capacity other than being a board member so he wouldn't care if they save the 6th gen prototype or not. Other than that it was a pretty enjoyable segment.
        j.ziraldo
        • 1 Year Ago
        @sgomez2539
        It might be fair to say Jay is not a Mustang historian, but it certainly isn't accurate to suggest he isn't a Mustang enthusiast.
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      allston
      • 1 Year Ago
      And a Sawx fan too. Awesome! There are - at least - 2 Sox fans in this clip. Good watch.
      Street King
      • 1 Year Ago
      Lee was on there not long ago with his Iacocca edition Mustang and looked to be in way better condition (look up the video, he was saying how Shelby was broke and he lent him a bunch of money to get started) Its sad to see him like that, but at least he came out!
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