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It's cool in it's way, but it's also a little dopey. Just too far removed from what the Mustang became, which is to say, better in every measurable way.
Lots and lots of prototypes out there at the big shows that never get anywhere.
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Lots and lots of prototypes out there at the big shows that never get anywhere.
Well, sure. But this one did go somewhere, just not anywhere close to the concept.

If you want to talk concept cars, give me the Ford Forty Nine. That thing was awesome.


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Well, sure. But this one did go somewhere, just not anywhere close to the concept.

If you want to talk concept cars, give me the Ford Forty Nine. That thing was awesome.

But aren't most concept cars (that's the term I was looking for) just pipe dreams anyway?
It was almost just luck that the Mustang name was on the concept in '62, and then reused for the real deal.
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But aren't most concept cars (that's the term I was looking for) just pipe dreams anyway?
Indeed, but often some electro mechanical systems or design styles inspire future designs or actually make production. The Viper was just a show car but all of it made production.

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I'd double-like if it was possible. Both are the epitome of "coolest car ever"!
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It was almost just luck that the Mustang name was on the concept in '62, and then reused for the real deal.
Not much luck involved according to editors of MM. They say it was originally the Cougar, then the Torino, then the Mustang. I remember reading that also considered at some time or another was Pinto and Bobcat. They all became production models (for better or worse.)
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Not much luck involved according to editors of MM. They say it was originally the Cougar, then the Torino, then the Mustang. I remember reading that also considered at some time or another was Pinto and Bobcat. They all became production models (for better or worse.)
I need to review Bob Fria's book, but I thought that there wasn't a direct connection between the Mustang in '62, and what eventually became the Mustang. The first one didn't directly spawn the real one basically. I could be remembering wrong, and there's so many stories that get jumbled in the brain sometimes. Like how Mustangs had VINs intermingled with everything else that was coming down the line in those first few months. Which of course, we now know isn't true.
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Ultimately it's all semantics. It was the Mustang I with a running pony logo and Mustang name. This led to the Mustang II show car the next year that was clearly related to what eventually made it to production. That's why we're talking about this concept car on a Mustang forum. So my initial point still stands. Interesting idea, but ultimately so divorced from what it (sort of) became, that it's dopey and weird.

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