Perfectly that did not choose prolonged. In the exact week that we uncovered out that Ford archivists uncovered images of a mysterious mid-engine sports car primarily based on the 1966 Ford Mustang, they feel they’ve uncovered the answer. 1st documented by Jalopnik, and confirmed to us by Ford Archives and Manufacturer Supervisor Ted Ryan, the car looks to be a prototype of the 1967 Ford Mach 2 mid-engine idea.
Ryan advised us that his reference archivist Jamie Myler was assigned the case, and that Myler suspected it was the Mach 2, even with the Mustang stampings however obvious on the sides and the back again of the car. He obtained in touch with Jim Farrell, a guy writing a guide on the Lincoln Continental, who at the moment has obtain to Ford’s collection of S-negative shots. These pictures document tasks and do the job at Ford from the fifties to the nineteen nineties, and when the shots survive, the original index for the shots was ruined in a flood. The good thing is, Ryan said that as prolonged as they have a day, they can usually recognize a vehicle considering the fact that the shots all have numbers exhibited, and the numbers are chronological. The dates for the Mach 2 and this prototype line up closely.
Ryan said Farrell was also in a position to get in touch with previous Ford designers, and a single of them, Bud Magaldi wrote Ryan indicating that it was certainly the Mach 2. And Magaldi is to be considered due to the fact he was working on the challenge himself. Seemingly at the time, it was a solution challenge currently being completed in the basement of the design studio.
“I am not positive how quite a few folks realized about it, as I was in my next yr of the training plan, and was working additional time on the challenge accomplishing depth do the job, lettering, wheel proposals, graphics, etcetera.,” Magaldi said. “The designer on the challenge was Jerry Morrison, and the studio engineer was Bob Huzzard, I feel it was the VP of Layout Gene Bordinait who preferred to do this car.”
Magaldi also advised Ryan that the Mach 2 entire body was finally completed in fiberglass, which would make clear why we don’t see the remnants of the Mustang entire body on the completed vehicle. He said that the last car truly ran, too. According to period of time push releases Ryan shared with us, the Mach 2 experienced some amazing specifications and capabilities. It experienced unbiased rear suspension, a 5-pace handbook transmission, and it weighted just 2,650 pounds. It even experienced adjustable pedals, considering the fact that the seats were being mounted in location. Even though substantially unique from a Mustang for quite a few explanations, the entrance suspension, entrance disc and rear drum brakes, and the steering all came from a Mustang.
As for the whereabouts of the idea, which is however mysterious. The exact goes for the later 1970 Mach 2 idea completed by a unique team of folks at Ford. Contemplating quite a few idea automobiles conclude up currently being scrapped or reused for other tasks, there is certainly a distinct chance the automobiles don’t exist any more.