1964 1/2 Ford Mustang

Front 3/4 view

1 The characteristic grille/air intake allows a long, flat hood, as in classic cars of the 1930s.

2 The line derived from the grille corners separates the engine cover from the flatter panels between the hood and fender peaks.

3 Starting exactly at the edge of the headlamp-surround molding, the fender peak recapitulates the profile of the great 1961 Lincoln Continental.

4 This little kickup simply emphasizes the Lincoln look, subliminally making the Mustang feel more expensive than it actually was.

5 The real inspiration for the roof profile was the 1963 Pontiac Tempest, much admired by Ford stylists at the time, but it's also consistent with the first Thunderbirds.

6 This nasty piece of chrome trim was meant to suggest rear brake-cooling scoops, but they were fake. You could pay extra to have them left off, and Ford threw in a paint stripe around the perimeter.

7 Remember "wind wings"? They actually looked good and were extremely useful before air-conditioning became quasi-universal in cars.

8 Even the base models had full wheel covers -- no cheap button caps for any Mustang.

9 V-8 cars got these badges, although sometimes they were left off. Production details were chaotic in the first eighteen months, when nearly 700,000 Mustangs -- all listed as 1965 models -- were made and sold to an eager clientele.

10 Despite the louvers, no air flowed through the headlamp hollow in the front end.

11 Lovely thin bladed bumpers were easily damaged but were adequate for most use.

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Robert,Looking over Barney Clark's proposal, it also looks like he proposed something that sounds very much like what Trans Am racing was in the late 1960s.

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