Ford documentary: Styling and the Experimental Car (1964)

Automotive Design 16 May 2012
Ford documentary: Styling and the Experimental Car (1964)

A film produced for Ford in 1964, showcasing some of the company’s futuristic concepts of the time as well as footage on the development of the Mustang.


The video, courtesy of the Prelinger Archive, presents a number of futuristic ideas and more functional concept cars (“practical dream cars”) that never went into production.

Above: the original video from the Prelinger Archive. The documentary is also available on YouTube

 

 

1963 Ford Allegro Fastback Coupe Concept 1963 Ford Allegro Fastback Coupe Concept

The 1963 Allegro Fastback Coupé was a sportscar featuring a movable steering wheel with a memory unit and adjustable pedals.

1963 Ford Cougar II Concept 1963 Ford Cougar II Concept

The Cougar II is a V8-powered 2-seater GT coupé conceived for speeds in the 170 mph range.

1964 Mercury Aurora Station Wagon Concept 1964 Mercury Aurora Station Wagon Concept

The Aurora is an experimental family car with a bank of twelve 1-inch headlights, electro-luminous side panels, a clam-shell rear entry system for the children seats. The comfortable lounge-like interior is equipped with built-in beverage cooler, three radios, a plug-in TV screen and a navigation system.

1964 Mercury Aurora Station Wagon Concept 1962 Ford Mustang Sketch
 1964 Ford Aurora Concept Early Mustang Sketch by Jack Telnack (1962)

The 1963 Mustang II running prototype was displayed at the U.S. Grand Prix and previewed many of the design elements that would be incorporated into the production model, including the long hood, short rear deck, 108-inch wheelbase, the rear wheel scoops and tri-bar taillights.

1963 Ford Mustang II Prototype 1963 Ford Mustang II Prototype 1963 Ford Mustang II Prototype-Design Sketch 1963 Ford Mustang II Prototype-Design Sketch

(Courtesy: Prelinger Archives)

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  1. 22/5/2012

    This is a pearl!!!! Such a nice documentary. It is funny how far the ideas where from nowadays, but at the same time, how close they are.

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