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Mustangs That Never Were

Ford reveals 50 years of concepts and renderings.

by on Aug.30, 2013

The 1992 Ford Mustang III Concept strongly influenced the pony car launched in 1994.

The new Mustang Ford is expected to unveil next April is part of a rare breed. Only a handful of nameplates have ever lasted a half century. And during those five decades, an equally small number of possible Mustang successors have made it from the design studio to the showroom.

For every car you see on the street, there’ve likely been a dozen or more that never got that far.  Stylists are constantly creating alternatives that go through an extensive vetting process before one lucky winner makes the cut.  And over the 50 years of Mustang, Ford has had plenty of options to choose from, some spectacular while others leave us wondering, “What were they thinking?”

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As part of a splashy, balls-to-the-wall build-up for the official 2015 Mustang launch, the Detroit maker is offering an unusual look into its archive to see some of the pony cars it considered over the decades, some we’d love to have had while others leaving us grateful they never got very far.

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Mustang Back in the Driver’s Seat

Pony car takes down rival Chevy Camaro for first half of ’13.

by on Jul.03, 2013

Coming at ya! Ford's Mustang regains the sales lead over Camaro for the first half of 2013.

The shoot-out in the pony car corral has a new winner – at least for now.

After losing momentum to the newer Chevrolet Camaro, the Ford Mustang has regained the sales lead, June numbers show – just in time to mark the countdown to the classic muscle car’s 50th anniversary.

Though other models have come and gone, few rivalries have been more intense than the Mustang – Camaro battle that has waged over the decades. But that’s not to say the competition is out of the fight entirely. Posting a sharp 27.2% gain last month, the Dodge Challenger is now back in the hunt, as well.

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Mustang made its debut 50 years ago next April, the Camaro a little more than two years later. And for decades they continued to swap sales leads. But by the turn of the new Millennium, the Chevy pony car lost its momentum and was pulled from production in 2002 – along with its near-twin, the Pontiac Firebird – giving Ford virtual free rein, especially after a retro Mustang made its debut the following year.

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Spy Shots: Prepping the Next Mustang

Updated platform will be shared with a new RWD Lincoln.

by on Feb.20, 2013

It may look like the current Mustang...but it's a "mule" helping develop the next-gen pony car - and a long-rumored Lincoln coupe spin-off.

At first glance, this Mustang looks completely familiar. Well, not completely. Take a closer look and you’ll soon realize it has been somewhat altered in a number of ways from the pony car in the showroom today.

That makes it clear to our spy shooters that they’ve captured a “mule” being used to test the platform and, very likely, the updated engine that will go into a completely updated version of the Mustang now just a couple years away.

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And that means we’re also getting some hints about the planned rear-wheel-drive Lincoln model that Ford CEO Alan Mulally recently acknowledged during an interview with TheDetroitBureau.com is currently under development.

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Spy Shots: Ford Caught Testing Independent Rear Suspension for Mustang

Likely to debut on next-gen pony car.

by on Dec.14, 2012

Is that an IRS package we see?

Ford has regained some momentum in the pony car wars, but diehard Mustang fans will have to wait until 2015 for an all-new model to take aim at Chevrolet’s resurrected Camaro.

It’s a long wait but there could be some much – and long-awaited – good news coming with that complete update, including the shift to independent rear suspension.

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Our veteran spy photographer, Jim Dunne appears to have lent credence to those earlier reports with a pair of spy shots he’s nabbed of a Ford Mustang mule that is here seen testing the next-generation pony car’s suspension.

At least that’s the impression you get from this rear view of the Ford Mustang test vehicle.

A closer look at the Mustang's undercarriage.

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