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MID-ENGINE MUSTANG PROTOTYPE STUMPS FORD

Ford Employees Knew Nothing, So Now They Are Asking The Public

mid engined Ford Mustang prototype
Ford Performance

You would think that Ford, one of the world’s largest automakers, knows all of its history. Especially something as bold as a mid-engine Mustang prototype. Yet somehow, Ford is completely at a loss for any details on this mysterious prototype.

The vehicle in question is based on a 1966 Ford Mustang shell, but with a two-seat layout and the V8 in the middle. It was photographed in Ford’s Dearborn design studio on May 5, 1966. It’s also far from finished, lacking many body panels, glass and lighting. It seems like someone would know something about it, right? Nope, Ford has spent the last five years chasing its history, making for quite the story.

mid engined Ford Mustang prototype
Ford Performance

Five years ago, a man named Dean Weber was running Ford’s historical archives. He stumbled across these photos and didn’t know anything about them. Weber first turned to Mustang expert John Clor to try to get some answers. Only, Clor replied with: “I have NEVER seen these shots or anything even REMOTELY like them before,” when received the images.

Experts first thought this shell was a base for the also mid-engine Mustang Mach 2 concept. This also fell through, as the Mach 2 was based on a 1967 Mustang. Hal Sperlich, creator of the Mustang itself, had no idea. Designers from the time of the photos didn’t know either. Even Roy Lunn, “godfather” of the Ford GT, had no idea.

Ford GT Mustang Mashup
Photo via Rostislav Prokop. Suddenly such an idea doesn’t seem so farfetched.

Somehow, after five years of research and input from multiple experts, Ford still doesn’t know anything about this mid-engine Mustang prototype. So now, they are turning to the public. Ford has released the four known images of the prototype, and is urging anyone who knows something about the car to contact Ford. If you know something, email [email protected] and fill them in. Ford even says that whoever can uncover the story behind the car will get full sourcing in a story, and a special prize. How much do you want to bet they’ll get those photos?

Written by Sam Krahn

Sam graduated with a communications Degree from Wayne State University, where he was also a member of the swim team. He's interested to see how new technology will affect the American performance vehicle landscape.

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