• ETC
  • Jun 25, 2013
The Ford Mustang that we all know and love made major waves in the auto industry way back in 1964 by offering style and reasonable pricing with optional V8 power. Its long hood and short rear deck, combined with a low-slung and sporty cockpit, made a lasting impression in the minds of consumers and car designers alike, and its basic shape has so endured the test of time that it's still in use today.

This being the case, you may be interested to know that the first Mustang of 1964.5 wasn't actually the first Mustang at all, being preceded by a concept car that made its public debut in 1962. This concept was nothing like the car that would eventually make it into production, with a radical wedge shape and a small V4 engine sitting behind the car's two occupants, driving the rear wheels. In other words, the conceptual Mustang was pretty much the complete opposite of the production Mustang besides the name.

Ford has kindly decided go through its massive archive to bring the original Mustang concept back into the public eye. The company goes so far as to pose this question to fans of the pony car: "Should we borrow a few of these style elements for the next iteration of the Mustang?" Check out our image gallery above and then let 'em know what you think in the Comments below.

UPDATE: A video showing off the Mustang concept has been added below. Enjoy!


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      sumfoo1
      • 1 Year Ago
      Go speed racer go!
      EXP Jawa
      • 1 Year Ago
      It might also be worth mentioning that there was a Mustang II concept car (no, not that Mustang II) in 1963 that effectively bridged the original Mustang concept that's shown here with what became the production model. Maybe we'll see that next...
      oRenj9
      • 1 Year Ago
      The original concept is really cool, but I'm glad Ford changed the Mustang to be a sporty economy car. There's little chance the nameplate would have survived this long had it been a sports car. There have not been many long-lasting two seater nameplates in America; the only two I can think of would be the Corvette and the Miata.
      flammablewater
      • 1 Year Ago
      I saw that thing at the Ford Museum in Detroit. It looks so radical.
      Avinash Machado
      • 1 Year Ago
      Nice and minimalist.
      The Wasp
      • 1 Year Ago
      A modern version of that car would be awesome -- but that is no longer a Mustang. That could be reimagined with a big engine as a 'GT' or with a small engine as a 'Probe' maybe, or a new name altogether.
      hazel
      • 1 Year Ago
      ford has a good car sells lots then makes big changes and falls on there face. all these new ones that promised such good gas mileage ani't working and these new echo engines are having lots of trouble in cars-trucks..and the prices out of this world ..and the best thing the dealers put an extra $499.00 for closeing fee what a joke half the people buying don't even know whats going on also the extra charge for plates even if you keep same. some dealers don't charge these hidden charges. please read the fine print..at the bottom. all the extras you don't need.goes in there pocket and you pay for it ...
        • 1 Year Ago
        @hazel
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        onepurple67
        • 1 Year Ago
        @hazel
        Name one that fell on it's face.................just oe........... the ones Ford promised as to save gas, ARE doing just that........... the ECO-BOOST so far are are having NO problems........ NO trouble as of far.hahahaha extra charge for the plates? dude, you are seriously talking out of your ass............
      cudak888
      • 1 Year Ago
      One of the comments in another release of this Ford video sums this article up properly: "Dumb story. This was a show car; one that was never meant to be produced. When the car drew a lot of attention, a 4 seat sporty car was put on the front burner using styling themes from the show car. The 65 Mustang was the result." Not far from the truth. Thing is, Ford is certainly not "asking" what the new (2015) Mustang iteration should look like, for it has already been styled, completed, and has been spotted during testing in camouflage - see here: http://www.carscoops.com/2013/06/spied-ford-brings-out-2015-mustang.html If anything, they're trying to use the Mustang I concept as a scapegoat to lessen the shock of the radical 2015 redesign; i.e., make the public believe that some of the disagreeable elements of the new 2015 harken to the concept - therefore, making people believe that the 2015 has some semblance of Mustang heritage. Ironically, careful sleuthing suggests that the 2015 will have fewer definitive elements of the Mustang I concept than Ford's current corporate styling (from the Evos concept, which has already been applied to the Fusion), but this video commentary may work on the public's psychology in Ford's favor. Either that, or they're trying to make the public think they have an influence on the 2015 at this point, which is - of course - a complete untruth.
      mustang630
      • 1 Year Ago
      Someone needs to make a kit body of this!
      sbaldrickz28
      • 1 Year Ago
      Love the first picture. Super strong chimed guy lighting up a butt for his chick of the day before they jump into his custom ride and blast off to his pad with the remote control bed, hide a way motorized bar, and killer megawatt Hi Fi system. Oh and yeah, they are going there to check out his ART right after they finish a few more umm…cigarettes. No seat belts no condoms no problem; gotta dig the concept of the sixties.
        sbaldrickz28
        • 1 Year Ago
        @sbaldrickz28
        That should read strong chinned guy. and umm cigarettes. I have to stop using Word to write this stuff.
      cmptrgru34
      • 1 Year Ago
      It looks to me like this is where Chevrolet got the design for the Corvette.
      rcavaretti
      • 1 Year Ago
      Mid-engined! Too bad it never made it to production.
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