Donald N. Frey, 1923-2010

“Dad, your cars stink,” said one of Ford engineer Donald Frey’s kids over the dinner table. “There’s no pizzazz.” Frey remedied the situation by creating the Mustang, which Ford introduced in the mid-’60s, and which soon became one of the most successful models in American automotive history. “It was designed to appeal to both men and women, had a dash of elegance copied from European sports cars, and featured a galloping steed in the middle of its grille that buyers thought was, well, really cool.” Wilson Picket and Steve McQueen helped, too. Frey was still in possession of an original Mustang when he died of a stroke on March 5th.