Most automakers have a sound manage on their historical past and legacy, and Ford is no various. The organization depends tough on legends like the Model T, F-1 pickup, Mustang, and GT40. But when you’re 1 of the most significant (and potentially the oldest) automakers in the globe, there are sure to be a couple tasks that slip by means of the cracks – including pics of an unusual mid-engined Mustang the enterprise not too long ago uncovered. Turning to the net for responses proved to be wise, as we now know it was likely an engineering buck for the 1967 Ford Mustang Mach II notion.
Thanks to a savvy automotive detective at Jalopnik, just one of Ford’s archivists arrived ahead with some related facts. In accordance to Ted Ryan, Ford Archives and Heritage manufacturer supervisor, the image of the skeletal mid-engined strategy we observed past 7 days is truly a “styling neg,” brief for unfavorable. At any time considering that the early 1950s, Ford’s designers would photograph and categorize their energetic assignments, primary to this buck’s May 2, 1966 picture day and S-9955-1 serial selection.
Digging even more nevertheless, Jalopnik came into contact with Jim Farrell, an professional on Ford’s layout section, who unfold the secret photograph amongst his friends and colleagues. Blue Oval gurus and former personnel chimed in, foremost to a consensus that the car originated as aspect of the 1967 Mach II task.
Nevertheless, it did not occur from the styling division, and the remaining Mach II layout is much different from that of the secret machine. To wit, the photograph unveiled last week evidently demonstrates a conventional Mustang rear clip with peaked fenders and openings for conventional 3-phase taillights, when the Mach II is crisper, with spherical taillights and no vestigial fender vents. It is likely that it was in fact from engineering, constructed as a packaging examine in advance of being sent over to the style and design division to finalize the concept’s styling.
So there you have it. The last outcome of this peculiar machine’s existence was the stunning 1967 Ford Mustang Mach II notion. If generated, the V8-run Mach II would have elevated Ford’s sports activities automobile lineup, providing it an entry over the finances-pleasant Mustang to compete with the far more highly-priced Porsche 914 and Chevrolet Corvette. Alas, Ford would keep off on series manufacturing of a mid-engined athletics automobile till the 2005 GT arrived.
Will Ford ever build a mid-engined Mustang? In our minds, the ethos powering the Mach II thought could keep legitimate – a less costly, extra effective different to the Porsche 718 Cayman and a bona fide budget-supercar rival to the C8 Corvette. But for the grace of God, the Mach II and its predecessors are relegated to history.