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Ford reveals early Mustang designs and documents

Should Ford have gone with a different design?

8w ago

In anticipation of the Mustang's 57th birthday (17th April), Ford has released new planning documents and designs to showcase what the pony car we know and love could have been. Some early documents codenamed the vehicle as the "T-5" or the "Special Falcon Project" but all were referring to the Mustang.

On the 16th of August in 1962, the three Ford Motor Company design studios competed to create the perfect Mustang prototype. The players were Ford, Lincoln Mercury and Advanced Project Studios. The design brief was simple: build an affordable two-door that can comfortably transport four people using either a 6 or 8 cylinder engine.

Ford Studio's entry

From sketch to reality: this iconic design we now appreciate was the brainchild of Gale Halderman. Notice that there are two different models pictured in the gallery. The first two images showcase a Mustang with different a side profile to that shown in the last two images. The former became the first-generation Mustang whilst the latter was rejected.

Lincoln Mercury Studios' entry #1

Lincoln Mercury Studios' entry #2

The final image in the first entry showcases a different side trim to the first four images. It's the same deal with the second showcase: the first three images have a different side trim to the last three. One can also observe Thunderbird-inspired tail fins in both designs.

Advanced Products Studio's entry #1

Advanced Products Studio's entry #2

Advanced Products Studio's entry #3

This team had several different designs but only three are pictured here. Needless to say, each of these entries are radically different from each other and would have generated quite the conversation back in 1962. You can view all of Advanced Products Studio's creations by clicking here.

You can view all of Ford's released photographs and documents by clicking here.

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Comments (15)

  • Wonderful article. It’s easy to see why the Ford entry became the Mustang. It’s light years ahead of the others.

      1 month ago
    • Thanks for reading and I'm glad you enjoyed the article! Ford's design was definitely something else.

        1 month ago
  • These are a great collection of pictures. I've read articles and have watched a couple of documentaries on the history of the Ford Mustang and have never seen these before. 🐎

      1 month ago
    • They definitely are! They were only recently released so I'm sure they'll end up in future documentaries.

        1 month ago
  • Anyone else think the advanced project studio #3 looks a little like a Porsche 914?

      1 month ago
  • I loved your article my favorite has to be the Ford studio design

      1 month ago
  • Very cool look at how the Mustang came to be

      1 month ago