Lee Iacocca, developer of the Ford Mustang and Pinto, dead at 94

Lee Iacocca Dead at 94

Lee Iacocca, auto industry leader, dead at 94

Iacocca is credited with launching the Mustang at Ford and saving Chrysler from bankruptcy by persuading U.S. Congress in 1980 to approve federal loan guarantees of up to $1.5 billion. He steered Chrysler's 1987 acquisition of American Motors Corp., with its Jeep franchise.

Iacocca first came to prominence when, at 36, he was named general manager of the Ford division in 1960. During his tenure, he championed the highly successful Mustang but clashed with Ford chief Henry Ford II, who fired him in 1978 after 32 years with the company.

At Chrysler, he was behind the $1.5 billion loan from the government to keep the company alive in the late 1970s, introducing the minivan and paying back the aforementioned loan seven years early.

Iacocca was widely reckoned as instrumental in the creation of Ford Mustang GT (Grand Tourisimo) and the Chrysler minivan.

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Known for developing the iconic Ford Mustang and pulling Chrysler back from the brink of bankruptcy, Iacocca died yesterday from complications of Parkinson's disease. The fact the Mustang lives on - surviving the nearly entire SUV takeover of Ford's USA range - suggests his team absolutely nailed it. In others, he would end with a challenge: "If you can find a better auto, buy it".

Born to Italian immigrant parents in Allentown, Pennsylvania in 1924, Mr Iacocca began his career as an engineer at the Ford Motor Company in 1946, before later moving into sales.

Iacocca got the last laugh. He was strongly courted by Chrysler, and he helped cement its turnaround.

Iacocca was a master pitchman.

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Chrysler wasn't faring well. His "Iacocca: An Autobiography", released in 1984, and his "Talking Straight", released in 1988, were best-sellers.

"It had to be a sports vehicle but more than a sports auto", Iacocca wrote in his memoir.

"And I said, 'Tip, what do you think about me running for President?'" Iacocca recalled to "Sunday Morning" in 2007. "And in the auto business, product comes first and product is what brought us back to prosperity". In a 2009 interview with The Associated Press, he urged Chrysler executives to "take care of our customers".

Outside of motoring, Iacocca was a flagbearer for the 1982 restoration of New York's Statue of Liberty and a campaigner for diabetes awareness following the death of his wife Mary, a sufferer of the disease, in 1983. The couple had two daughters, Kathryn and Lia.

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