Friday, June 7, 2013

50 Years of Mustang Merchandise

Courtesy Ford Motor Company

If you’re a Mustang fan, you probably already know that the iconic pony car is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Naturally there will be lots of products available with the Mustang 50 years logo on them, including the usual watches, T-shirts and model cars. Ford has cut deals with 50 companies to produce licensed products for the event.

One of those is Schott NYC, a family-run company that was founded the same year the Model T began production. They’ll be producing a limited edition leather jacket. There’s actually a historic connection between Ford’s Mustang and some of Schott NYC’s products. Back in World War II, Schott was producing bomber jackets, flight jackets and peacoats for American troops. Some of those jackets were worn by pilots from the 332nd Fighter Group, often called the Tuskegee Airmen.

Obviously that predates the Mustang by several years, but the car is named after the P-51 Mustang fighter plane that they flew. What makes it even cooler is that, according to Motortrend Magazine, the jacket will be made from repurposed materials used for manufacturing Mustangs, including a vintage key. You can see a photo here. No word yet on when exactly the jackets will be available, other than “later this year.”

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