Dreams and Nightmares—the Ford Mustang Edition

In this edition of Dreams and Nightmares, we explore the car that founded the pony car movement, the Ford Mustang. 

 

 

When the Ford Mustang was introduced at the 1964 New York World’s Fair, it marked a new turn in product development. The Mustang wasn’t a new kind of car. It was an old kind of car—the stodgy Falcon compact—dressed up in a new, sportier package, cleverly repurposed and remarketed for a younger generation of buyers. The hottest selling new car introduction in history, the Mustang instantly riveted the attention of product planners throughout the Motor City.

As these renderings, clay models, and concepts show, Ford designers took a few years to develop and refine the pony car formula: close coupled coupe sheet metal, long hood, short deck, 2+2 seating. And once the basic Mustang design was landed, they experimented with all manner of variants, including four-doors, wagons, and two-seaters. The pony car package didn’t have the bright line drawn around it that it has today.

All the more fun for us as we explore all the twists and turns in vehicle design. Even the Mustang name was in play early on. If you look closely at some of the first proposals, in place of the chrome horse in the center of the grille, there’s a stylized cougar. Gallery below.

 

1967 Mustang Mach 1 sketch
Ford styling sketch 1962
1970 Mustang Milano concept front
Mustang II proposal June 4 1963
1966 Mustang Mach 1 concept
Ford Mustang four-door Jan 4 1963
1965 Mustang Bertone front
1962 Ford Cougar Concept left rear
1963 Ford Allegro Concept front
2006 Ford Mustang Giugiaro Concept
Mustang proposal Oct 19 1970
Mustang Mach 1 proposal Nov 18 1966
1968 Mustang Mach 1 concept
Mustang convertible proposal Oct 26 1962
1963 Mustang II Concept
1980 Mustang RSX concept Ghia
Ford Mustang four-door Jan 7 1963 RR
Ford Mustang Concept Station Wagon 10-28-1966
1963 Mustang II concept Oct 8 1963 LF
Ford Mustang Station Wagon concept 10-28-1966
1965 Mustang Bertone
1993 Ford Mustang Mach III Concept
1967 Mustang Mach 2 concept
1970 Mustang Milano Concept
2011 Ford Evos Concept
Ford Allegro concept 7-31-62
1962 Ford Avanti concept
Ford Mustang proposal Dec 17 1962
1962 Mustang I concept
Mustang proposal 9-10-62 front Cougar emblem
Mustang two-seater proposal April 21 1964
1963 Ford Cougar II Vignale June 27 1963
Mustang I renderings
1971 Mustang proposal Jan 18 1968
Mustang clay model - undated
Mustang proposal Sept 19 1963
1965 Mustang clay Aug 16 1962

1967 Mustang Mach 1 sketch

Ford styling sketch 1962

1970 Mustang Milano concept front

Mustang II proposal June 4 1963

1966 Mustang Mach 1 concept

Ford Mustang four-door Jan 4 1963

1965 Mustang Bertone front

1962 Ford Cougar Concept left rear

1963 Ford Allegro Concept front

2006 Ford Mustang Giugiaro Concept

Mustang proposal Oct 19 1970

Mustang Mach 1 proposal Nov 18 1966

1968 Mustang Mach 1 concept

Mustang convertible proposal Oct 26 1962

1963 Mustang II Concept

1980 Mustang RSX concept Ghia

Ford Mustang four-door Jan 7 1963 RR

Ford Mustang Concept Station Wagon 10-28-1966

1963 Mustang II concept Oct 8 1963 LF

Ford Mustang Station Wagon concept 10-28-1966

1965 Mustang Bertone

1993 Ford Mustang Mach III Concept

1967 Mustang Mach 2 concept

1970 Mustang Milano Concept

2011 Ford Evos Concept

Ford Allegro concept 7-31-62

1962 Ford Avanti concept

Ford Mustang proposal Dec 17 1962

1962 Mustang I concept

Mustang proposal 9-10-62 front Cougar emblem

Mustang two-seater proposal April 21 1964

1963 Ford Cougar II Vignale June 27 1963

Mustang I renderings

1971 Mustang proposal Jan 18 1968

Mustang clay model - undated

Mustang proposal Sept 19 1963

1965 Mustang clay Aug 16 1962

5 thoughts on “Dreams and Nightmares—the Ford Mustang Edition

  1. Anoehr great collection of vintage photographs by MCG. I think that most of them are ugly, but the 1970 Mustang Milano concept works for me. Looks more like a Challenger than a Mustang, but it’s pretty.

  2. There are cars here I never saw before. The 1962 Allegro is great, looks like Karman could have done it.

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