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by Tim Beissmann

Ford has delved deep into the archives in the lead-up to next year’s 50th anniversary celebrations of the iconic Ford Mustang and the launch of the all-new sixth-generation pony car.

The images uncover sketches, clay models and complete working concept cars from the past five decades, revealing dramatic designs including a four-door, a station wagon and a coupe with rear-facing rear seats.

Ford says its designers and engineers have drawn, built and tested countless cars over the years that might have carried the galloping pony badge, insisting that it could not afford to invest hundreds of millions of dollars without seriously considering a range of alternatives.

Earlier this month, Ford Australia confirmed widespread reports that it will introduce the next-generation Ford Mustang from 2015.

It will be the first time a Mustang has been sold officially in Australia since the late 1960s – though Tickford Vehicle Engineering converted a number of fourth-gen cars to right-hand drive for the local market in 2001 and 2002.

Ford will officially mark 50 years of Mustang production on April 17, 2014.

 

1961 Avventura, Avanti, Allegro

Ford Mustangs That Never Were: 1961 Avventura, Avanti, Allegro d

Ford Mustangs That Never Were: Avanti/Allegro concept

 

1961/1962 Two-seater Studies

Ford Mustangs That Never Were: 1961-62 two-seater studies

 

1962 Allegro Design Concept

Ford Mustangs That Never Were: 1962 Allegro design study

 

1963 Two-Seat, Mid-Engined Mustang Concept

Ford Mustangs That Never Were: 1963 two-seat, mid-engine coupe

 

1964 Two-Seater Study

Ford Mustangs That Never Were: 1964 two-seater study

 

1965 Four-Door Mustang

Ford Mustangs That Never Were: 1965 four-door Mustang

 

1966 Mustang Station Wagon

Ford Mustangs That Never Were: 1966 Mustang station wagon

 

1967 Allegro II Concept

Ford Mustangs That Never Were: 1967 Allegro II concept

 

1966 Mach I Concept

Ford Mustangs That Never Were: 1966 Mach 1 concept

Ford Mustangs That Never Were: 1966 Mach 1 concept

 

1967 Mach II Concept

Ford Mustangs That Never Were: 1967 Mach 2 concept

 

1970 Mustang Milano Concept

Ford Mustangs That Never Were: 1970 Mustang Milano concept

 

1980 Mustang RSX Concept

Ford Mustangs That Never Were: 1980 Mustang RSX concept

 

1990 ‘Bruce Jenner’, ‘Rambo’ Design Studies

Ford Mustangs That Never Were: “Bruce Jenner” design study f Ford Mustangs That Never Were: “Rambo” design study for four

 

1992 Mach III Concept

Ford Mustangs That Never Were: 1992 Mach III concept




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