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Friday, April 1, 2022

The Mustang Mach 3 Concept as one of the 1990s American sportscar icons

~Stepping Stone 55~ There are many models which later bore the legendary status made by the Ford Motor Company, which has been known as one of American automotive giants and one of them is the Ford Mustang including its concept versions. A while ago we had discussed the uniqueness Mustang Mach 1 & 2 Concepts which were made by the Dearborn-based car manufacturer back in the 1960s.
The Ford Mustang Mach 3 Concept featured with the boxy Fox Body Mustang showing its age, and that shown the Ford's hard work to bring the car into a new direction. (Picture from: ConceptCarz)
Then actually in the 1990s, there's another car named Ford Mustang Mach 3 Concept which was built based on the Mustang fourth Generation of the 1992 and was made its debut at the 1993 New York Auto Show.
The Ford Mustang Mach 3 Concept was first shown at the 1993 New York Auto Show was thought to to give an idea of what the Mustang's near future in the '90s. (Picture from: Flickr)
The Mustang Mach 3 Concept is an example of Ford Motor Company's attempt to take the sportscar into a new direction away of its typical boxy Fox Body. Indeed stylistically, through its heavily rounded roadster body, the Mach 3 was about as far from the Fox Body as you could get.  
The Ford Mustang Mach 3 Concept is appeared heavily rounded roadster body, so made it was about as far from the typical Mustang' boxy Fox Body(Picture from: DrivingLine)
While it looks almost suggested a mid-engined sports car, the Mustang Mach 3 Concept actually sat on a traditional front-engine Mustang platform featured with a two-seat cabin, low-profile windshield and large side scoops giving it a fresh and exotic vibe.
The Ford Mustang Mach 3 Concept is powered by the front-mounted double overhead cam 4.6 liter V8 from the Lincoln MkVIII coupled with the T56 six-speed manual transmission and topped with an Eaton supercharger. (Picture from: DrivingLine)
The Mach 3 Concept also got the power to back up its looks, using the double overhead cam 4.6 liter V8 from the Lincoln MkVIII topped with an Eaton supercharger coupled with the T56 six-speed manual transmission to chanel the output was said to be 450 hp. These kind of similar powerplant would eventually find its way into a production Mustang, but not until a decade later with the debut of the 2003 Cobra with its "Terminator" V8 engine.
While it looks almost suggested a mid-engined sports car, the Mustang Mach 3 Concept actually sat on a traditional front-engine Mustang platform featured with a two-seat cabin, simple dashborad layout and low-profile windshield(Picture from: DrivingLine)
Being built in 1993, development of the next generation SN95 Mustang was already well underway by the time the Mach 3 debuted, and it seemed that the two-seat roadster was a preview of a possible additional version of the Mustang rather than a complete transformation of the car.
The uniqueness of the Ford Mustang Mach 3 Concept can be seen from the generous rear overhang which is said to be inspired by the Thunderbird  coupled with unique 3 LED horizontal stripes taillights(Picture from: MS-99)
Two hand-built examples of the Mach 3 Concept were commissioned for the auto show and media circuit, but it doesn't appear the idea ever got very close to production. On the other hand, plenty of its styling elements did in fact make their way on to the production SN95 Mustang including the headlight shape, side scoops and the basic dashboard layout.
Despite never getting into the company production lines, the Mustang Mach 3 nonetheless inserted itself into the mid '90s American sportscar icons. As you can see this Mustang concept car in video games, also has been recreated in both diecast and plastic model form.
2020 Ford Mustang Mach-E officially debuted at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show. (Picture from: Driving.co.uk)
How about today? For nowdays we could easily found many modern Mustang versions running on the highways including the latest electric-driven one due to since 2019 the Dearborn-based car company had launched an electrified version of Mach SUV model named Mustang Mach-E. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | DRIVINGLINE | SUPERCARS.NET ]
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