Sep 20 2016

Mystery Foto #38 Solved: The 1965 Bertone Mustang Concept Show Car Commissioned by AQ Update:9/23/16


Jim K. challenged you to identify this very unique Mustang concept show car.

Mystery Foto questions:

  • Identify this Mustang.

1965 Ford Mustang Concept Show Car built by Bertone in Turin, Italy

  • Who commissioned the car?

Ccommissioned by L. Scott Bailey, the publisher and founder of the magazine “Automobile Quarterly”. The article "Bertone Builds a Mustang" was featured in the Fall 1965 issue of Automobile Quarterly (Volume IV, Number 2)

  • Who designed the car, who built the car and where was it built?

Designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro and built by Nuccio Bertrone in Turin, Italy based on a production Mustang  2+2 fastback shipped to them.

  • Where was this car shown?

The car was first shown at the New York International Auto Show, April 3 - 11, 1965. It was awarded "Best in Show".

  • When was the last time this Mustang was seen by the public?

Following the 1965 New York show, it was shipped back to Bertone and has not been seen in public again. In the September 1967 issue of Road and Track, Bertone offered this unique car for sale for $10,000 (the equivalent of $75,000 today). See Comments below.

  • Where is it today and who owns it?

The 1965 Bertone Mustang was not in the Bertone Collection when it was liquidated in 2014. The current owner and the status of this concept show car is unknown.

Congrats to Chuck Rudy, Frank Rive, Greg O., Steve Lucas, Frank Femenias, Steve Beck and Phil Pfersching for identifying the 1965 Bertone Mustang. 

Kudos to its current owner! Please email at Howard@Kroplick.com !

Enjoy,

Howard Kroplick


January 1966 issue of Road and Track


Other views


Lucas' Learnings (Submitted by Steve Lucas)

This ad was place by Bertone in the September, 1967 issue of Road & Track. 
 

A current listing on EBAY (item # 122106217888) that is offering a scale model of the Bertone Mustang.

The brochure given out at the 1965 New York Auto Show.


Beck's Bonus (Submitted by Steve Beck)

Steve: Love those hidden headlights.

Steve: Note the Rally Pack gauges taken from the steering column and repurposed in the center console stack. Of course interior is Italian leather:



Comments

Sep 16 2016 Ted 2:04 PM

First off,I don’t like it too much glass,,not a bad shape,kinda sporty,wish I could see the back of it,maybe after some research I will.

Sep 16 2016 Chuck Rudy 7:34 PM

The car is a 1965 Ford Mustang concept by Bertone.

Commissioned by L Scott Bailey of Automobile Quarterly magazine.

Built in Turin Italy by Bertone from a 1965 Mustang 2 + 2 fastback.

It was shown at the New York Auto Show, offered for sale then disappeared.  Whereabouts unknown as of yet. 

http://www.formtrends.com/giorgetto-giugiaros-bertone-mustang-concept/

Sep 17 2016 Franck RIVE 7:40 AM

This the Ford Mustang Quarterly, commissioned by L. Scott Bailey, the publisher of the magazine “Automobile Quarterly”.
Giorgetto Giugiaro designed this prototype in 1965 when he was the chief-designer of Carrozzeria Bertone.
The car was first shown at the 1965 New York Motor Show.
After the show, the car totaly disappeared and nobody knows until today where is it.

Sep 17 2016 Greg O. 5:06 PM

Identify this Mustang.
1965 Bertone Mustang concept designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro

Who commissioned the car?
Automobile Quarterly founder and editor L. Scott Bailey

Who designed the car, who built the car and where was it built?
Giorgetto Giugiaro designed, built at Bertone in Turin, Italy.

Where was this car shown?
NY Auto Show April 1965 -Won Best Of Show

When was the last time this Mustang was seen by the public?
Where is it today and who owns it?
Unknown. Advertised for sale for 10K by Bertone, but no sales records and whereabouts still unknown when Bertone liquidated it’s collection in 2014.

Sep 18 2016 S. Berliner, III 1:37 AM

Wild guess - Pinin Farina styling.  That’s all, folks.  Sam, III

Sep 18 2016 mel brill 9:47 AM

the car was designed by
Guiagaro made by Ghia probably in 1965

Sep 18 2016 Steve lambert 12:21 PM

I seem to remember this was commissioned by HF2 ,built in Italy by Ghia around 1966. The rear glass was incredible,eh?

Sep 18 2016 Steve Lucas 5:06 PM

That’s a 1965 Mustang By Bertone that was commissioned by L. Scott Bailey, editor and publisher of the magazine “Automobile Quarterly”. Giorgetto Giugiaro designed the car and it was built by Carrozzeria Bertone in Torino, Italy. The car was first shown at the New York International Auto Show, April 3 - 11, 1965. According to most reports, it has not been seen by the public since that show although it was offered for sale by Bertone via an ad placed in the September, 1967 issue of “Road & Track”. As to its current location and owner, most accounts refer to a “mystery owner” and whereabouts unknown.

Sep 19 2016 frank femenias 12:56 AM

Man, another one of a kind pony. What next? This front end resembles much of the sister Cougar. Always loved the hideaway headlights and sequential tailights, now being incorporated in present Mustangs. I will try to work this one

Sep 19 2016 frank femenias 1:06 AM

This is a hot ‘65 Mustang concept car. Will try for more. http://oldconceptcars.com/1930-2004/mustang-concept-1965/

Sep 19 2016 Howard Kroplick 5:33 PM

From Steve Beck:

As a mustang enthusiast, this wasn’t too difficult.
And congrats to you on getting the Helck collection.  It shows that your hard work in preserving early and important automobile history is being recognized.

Identify this Mustang:
This is clearly Italian styling.  It’s the Bertone Mustang concept car.

Who commissioned the car?
It was commissioned by Automobile Quarterly’s founder L. Scott Bailey in 1964.

Who designed the car, who built the car and where was it built?
It was designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro and built by Nuccio Bertrone in Turin Italy based on an actual production fastback shipped to them.

Where was this car shown?
The car was introduced at the NY Auto Show in 1965.

When was the last time this Mustang was seen by the public?
After its debut in NY, and being shipped back to Italy, it does not appear that the car was ever further publicly shown, although it was advertised for sale.

Where is it today and who owns it?
It remains a mystery where it is today as there are no records of it being sold, and the car was not in the inventory of the firm when it was liquidated in 2014.

Love those hidden headlights:

Note the Rally Pack gauges taken from the steering column and repurposed in the center console stack. Of course interior is Italian leather:

References:
http://www.formtrends.com/giorgetto-giugiaros-bertone-mustang-concept/
http://www.thegentlemanracer.com/2012/12/the-giugiaro-bertone-mustang.html
https://www.yahoo.com/news/blogs/motoramic/enduring-mystery-1965-bertone-mustang-203625420.html
http://67mustangblog.com/2008/02/1965-ford-mustang-by-giugiaro-bertone/
http://www.mustangandfords.com/features/1505-mustang-concepts-you-need-to-see/photo-23.html
http://www.macsmotorcitygarage.com/2014/04/17/five-forgotten-ford-mustangs/

 

Sep 19 2016 Howard Kroplick 5:38 PM

From Paul S:

Howard, I drove this Turino Mustang home a couple of days when working at DST, I cant tell you any thing else about it, other then Turino built it, Paul S.

Sep 19 2016 Phil Pfersching 10:43 PM

That is the 1965 Bertone Mustang. It was commissioned by Automobile Quarterly Magazine for the New York International Automobile Show.

Sep 20 2016 Michael LaBarbera 11:41 AM

Reminds me of the Mercury Capri when the 4 headlights are showing.

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