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Tuesday, March 22, 2022

The second forerunner of modern Mustang

~Second Step~ Having decided not to take the Mustang I two-seater concept car project further to the company production line, so the American car manufacturer tries to bridge the public’s perception of the 1962 first concept and the next-coming Mustang production version. And Ford Design Vice President Eugene Bordinant asked stylist John Najjar Ferzely to design such mentioned car and built using a preproduction Mustang body with a customized nose and tail.
The Ford Mustang II “concept” came out of the need to bridge the public’s perception of the Mustang I two-seater from 1962 and the production Mustang to come in April 1964. (Picture from: MustangSpecs)
In the summer of 1963, the Ford Styling Department submitted detailed design to Dearborn Steel Tubing (DST) to build the Ford Mustang II prototype in order to test consumer and press reactions.
The Ford Mustang II “concept” has unique curved nose (with a small dent on the left side), grille-covered headlights, removable hardtop and typical tri-bar tailights. (Picture from: MustangSpecs)
Physically the second prototype car looking more like what would become the Mustang production version with a wheelbase of 108 inches and is powered by a high-performance V8 engine capable of spraying the power of 271 hp, the same engine used by the Shelby Cobra sports car. 
The Ford Mustang II “concept” is powered by a high-performance V8 engine capable of spraying the power of 271 hp, the same engine used by the Shelby Cobra sports car. (Picture from: BlogConsumerGuide)
As quoted of Wikipedia, the Mustang II resembled the first generation Mustang, with the same triple-bar taillights, faux side louvers and the 108-inch wheelbase, but some modifications made it a unique variant. The steel body, reinforced by fibreglass sections was five inches longer and three inches shorter in height. The body did not incorporate bumpers and featured a cut-back, swept low-profile windscreen and buried, sculpted headlight treatment.
The 1st  Generation of the Ford Mustang production version was officially launched for the first time  on April 17, 1964. (Picture from: OtoSia)
Starting with the original car's roof cut off to create a convertible, a detachable fibreglass hardtop was made, but the Mustang II often appeared as a roadster. The interior had "aircraft-styled" instrument clusters with Ford Falcon speedometer predominating and the rest, handmade upholstery on mostly a wood frame. The whole interior treatment is fibreglass and things held up with pieces of 2x4 jammed into big blobs of putty.
The 1st  Generation of the Ford Mustang production version was officially launched for the first time  on April 17, 1964. (Picture from: OtoSia)
The Ford Mustang II was built on the 1963 Falcon Sprint chassis which then evolved into a complete vehicle in September 1963, minus the final top coat of paint. Like its predecessor, the Mustang II made its debut at Watkins Glen Raceway, New York on October 6, 1963. After that the concept car was placed on the auto show circuit until early of 1964, then it retired to the Ford warehouse in Dearborn.
It was not until Aprik 17, 1964 that the Ford Mustang production version was officially launched for the first time by the American car manufacturer, which of course was a direct descendant of the Mustang II prototype in a very different shape of the Ford Mustang I. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | MOTOR-JUNKIE | SILODROME | MUSTANGSPECS | WIKIPEDIA | MOTORTREND | VANDERBILTCUPRACES | AUTOWEEKS ]
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