Exterior Design and Interior Design 1964 Mustang Concept III by Ford – The Mustang III had been built in the immediate aftermath of finalization of the design for the original Ford Mustang, the famed “1964-1/2″ to which no enthusiast needs an introduction. Robert McNamara was gone from Ford, but the former president’s influence of conservatism still hung in the air. Initial intentions to build the new Mustang as a two-seater had been overcome by a desire to make the new car “family-friendly” i.e. a four-seater – and therefore sellable to a wider market. Time and over a million sales would prove that the decision had been a good one. Nonetheless, dreams of “what might have been” hung thick in the air in Dearborn.
While the nose is standard ’65 Mustang fare, the fiberglass bodywork aft of the firewall was unique to the Shorty, and the completed car went on tour and was exhibited at the Henry Ford Museum. Ford had no intention of ever producing a two-seater Mustang, however, and the Shorty, like so many show cars, was supposed to meet an ignominious demise in Ford’s crusher.
The resulting car is a Mustang fastback wîth 16 inches removed between the rear edge of the door and the rear axle. Working wîth one of the preproduction 1965 Mustangs that otherwise would have been sent to the crusher, the DST fabricators created unique rear bodywork from fiberglass and new outer door skins that incorporate the classic Mustang side scoop.
Exterior Design and Interior Design 1964 Mustang Concept III by Ford