20 Ford Mustang Prototypes That Almost Made It Into Production

By vukasin

The Ford Mustang is one of the global automotive icons and only car that successfully transcendent the pony/muscle car origins and becomes a full-fledged sports car. During its 55 years long history, Mustang went a long way from its humble Falcon-based chassis to today`s Porsche-killing handling and performance levels. As you already know, there were numerous models, generations and versions of this legendary model.

However, today we will not talk about well known Mustang variants. We will talk about something different. Models that were seriously considered for production but never made it onto the assembly line. The cars left in the gray area between fiction and reality. Mustangs that managed to go from drawing board into the prototype phase but never reached the dealer`s floor. So, here are the 20 Mustangs that almost made it and could change automotive history forever.

1. Mustang I – 1962

The Mustang I concept was a big deal when it was introduced in late 1962 as a fully functional concept vehicle. This was the first time that the name Mustang was officially used, and right from the start, it was clear that the public loved the name, and the connection with the Wild West mythology was a great marketing gimmick.

The Mustang I was a little two-seater roadster with a rear-mounted V4 engine from Ford Europe and a modern wedge-shaped body made out of aluminum. The original idea behind the concept was to develop a small sports car which could compete with European imports like Triumph TR3 or MG A but despite the favorable reaction from the enthusiasts, Ford decided to go the other way.