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.

 

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

1962 Mustang I concept

1963 Ford Cougar II Vignale June 27 1963

Ford Mustang four-door Jan 4 1963

1971 Mustang proposal Jan 18 1968

Mustang I renderings

1970 Mustang Milano concept front

Ford Mustang Concept Station Wagon 10-28-1966

Mustang proposal Sept 19 1963

1967 Mustang Mach 2 concept

1970 Mustang Milano Concept

Mustang Mach 1 proposal Nov 18 1966

1967 Mustang Mach 1 sketch

1993 Ford Mustang Mach III Concept

Mustang II proposal June 4 1963

Mustang convertible proposal Oct 26 1962

Mustang proposal 9-10-62 front Cougar emblem

Ford styling sketch 1962

1980 Mustang RSX concept Ghia

1968 Mustang Mach 1 concept

Ford Mustang proposal Dec 17 1962

1965 Mustang clay Aug 16 1962

1966 Mustang Mach 1 concept

Ford Mustang Station Wagon concept 10-28-1966

1962 Ford Avanti concept

Mustang two-seater proposal April 21 1964

Ford Allegro concept 7-31-62

Ford Mustang four-door Jan 7 1963 RR

1963 Mustang II Concept

1962 Ford Cougar Concept left rear

1963 Ford Allegro Concept front

Mustang clay model - undated

1965 Mustang Bertone

1963 Mustang II concept Oct 8 1963 LF

1965 Mustang Bertone front

2011 Ford Evos Concept

2006 Ford Mustang Giugiaro Concept

Mustang proposal Oct 19 1970

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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