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Hey Ford, Remember This?

Posted in Classic, Compact Cars, Concept Cars, Ford, History by Dustin Driver | October 25th, 2010 | 2 Responses |

“Ford Mustang” is synonymous with front-engine, rear-drive coupes. But the car originally had a mid-mounted four cylinder. The Ford Mustang I concept was designed and built in 1962 as part of Lee Iacocca‘s initiative to create a radical sports car to compete with the successful Chevrolet Corvair Monza coupe. The team, which included designer John Najjar,¬†engineer Roy Lunn, and designer Gene Bordinat, completed the fully functional concept car in just 100 days. The Mustang I had a steel tube chassis with an all-aluminum body riveted to it for maximum rigidity. It also had fully independent suspension, disc brakes, and a mid-mounted Ford Cardinal 1500cc 60-degree V4 engine good for about 109 horsepower. The car was feather light, wickedly fast, and drop-dead gorgeous. Unfortunately, Ford never put the car into production citing prohibitive production costs. But I can’t be too hard on Ford, considering the Mustang it did produce (and produces today) is kick ass. And, yeah, there’s the original GT40. And the GT. And the SHO. And the Focus RS. Still, who wouldn’t love a lightweight mid-engine sports car wearing the Blue Oval?

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  1. 68SportFury says:

    Interestingly enough, one of the Hot Wheels 2010 New Models is this Mustang concept car.

  2. 68SportFury, that’s exactly what inspired this post. I spied the Hot Wheels car and immediately purchased it . . . for my toddler. Really. Okay, so we share it.