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1965 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Prototype

The prototype was designed at the Ford Design Center in Dearborn, Michigan. Ford Division's experimental 1968 Mustang Mach I has many design features of the production Mustang and Font GT competition vehicles. The front end of the Mach I has a recessed grille, and rectangular headlights set horizontally in the fenders. A twin-louvered hood and 64-degree windshield angle accentuate the ricing’ look of the car. Air intakes in the body just behind the doors provide extra cooling to the rear brakes. Wheel openings are flared to accept special wide-oval, low-profile racing tires mounted on cast aluminum alloy wheels; side marker lights are mounted on the front and rear fenders. Mustang Mach I was designed at the Ford Design Center in Dearborn, Mich.

Mach I was a Mustang fastback prototype with an extended front clip, functional air intakes, and a competition-type ducktail spoiler. Ford’s 427 V-8 engine powered the aluminum honeycomb panel chassis. The stock top was chopped, and the windshield angled back a rakish 64 degrees. Quick release filler caps were on roof pillars behind the fixed side glass. The hydraulics from inside the car opened the back glass and deck lid.

Sources: the News Bureau FORD DIVISION of Ford Motor Company 12/28/67;

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