Jul 30 2016

Ford Performance Manager John Clor: Mustangs that Never Were

The keynote speaker for last Saturday's Mustangs on the Niagara banquet was John Clor, enthusiast communications manager for Ford Performance and author of Mustang 2015: The New Generation.  A section of his presentation highlighted "Mustangs that Never Were". Several of these unique Mustangs are shown here using photos from my collection and the Internet.


Howard Kroplick

1962 Mustang I Concept

John Clor:  "Two-Seat midengine Mustang I concept proved Ford had the know-how to build a real sports car and served to introduce the Mustang name".

John Clor: "Mustang I created a buzz with its bebut at the U.S. Grand Prix in Watkins Glen, New York on October 7, 1962."

The Mustang I and Mustang III shown  together at the 2014 Annual Ford Employee Product Development Center Car and Truck Show.

1962 Falcon Allegro

The Allegro -- the first of the second-generation X-Cars, fashioned in late 1962 -- was based upon the earlier DeLaRossa Aventurra design and built on a Falcon unibody.

1963 Mustang II Concept

John Clor: "The Mustang II Concept was built after the production Mustang had been designed."

1963 Split-Window Mustang

Mustang III Concept

John Clor: "The Mustang III- called Shorty. It was here today! Did you see it? It is a fantastic example of Ford history that could have happened."

John Clor (right) and Howard Kroplick at the Mustangs on the Niagara show.

Mustang Pegasus

The Pegasus was exhibitied at the Ford Custom Car Caravan at the Detroit's 13th Annual Autorama held in January 1965. The rear quarter of the Mustang III Concept Show Car can be seen on the far left.

1965 Four-Door Mustang

1966 Station Wagon Mustang

 Based on a 1966 coupe, this design study included elements to be featured later on that decade. All of the wagons were three-doors and were closer to a European “shooting brake” than a traditional American family wagon.

1967 Allegro II

Ford designers resurfaced a design that was first brought up back in 1962, but with a new look and repurposed name. Starting with the Avanti/Allegro fastback coupe, this crazy looking concept featured a speedster-style windshield, roll bar, flying buttresses on the rear deck as well as a whole new rear end.

1967 Mid-Engine Mach 2

Ford Design Chief Gene Bordinat, and the Special Vehicles Group tried to rearrange some things to make way for the 1967 Mach 2 concept. The 289 Hi-Po V-8 was moved from the front and relocated behind the two-seats, and was made as a possible successor to the Shelby Cobra. Even with the engine relocated, the Mach 2 still kept the long hood and short-deck Mustang profile. This car never made it past the auto show circuit.


Jul 31 2016 Paul DiNatale 8:53 PM

wow nice cars the 67 midengine mach 2 reminds me of the pontiac fiero that came out in the 1980’s. the 65 4 door would of sold to the public as another great mustang. the split window mustang was kind of dumb as the corvette’s rear window had to do with the shape of the contour body. i heard that some people updated their 63 vettes with a 64 window but never saw one.  i stupidly converted my Aroura slot race car and now it ruined its value as a toy.  stupid is stupid does but who knew better in those old days as did the people at ford goofed too.

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