Following the article 1974 Mustang II – from sketch to production, we have been in contact with Richard “Dick” Nesbitt, who joined Ford as a designer in 1971 and worked on the development of the 2nd-generation Mustang.
Richard has shared with us a set of exclusive photos of some full-size models developed in 1971-72 as well as an original design sketch – all reported below.
About Richard “Dick” Nesbitt
Richard Nesbitt entered the Art Center College of Design in 1967. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree in industrial design and graduated with honors in May of 1970.
In 1971 he was hired by the Ford Motor Company and started to work at the Ford Design Center in Dearborn, Michigan.
During his career at Ford he worked on many projects: from the Mustang II, to a number of vans and trucks including the Carousel (a project cancelled due to the 1973 energy crisis) – developed when he was at the Light Truck and Tractor design studio.
He later moved to the Dallas area, where he has worked as a vehicle and industrial design consultant for a wide variety of clients.
Richard is the author of the book “50 Years Of American Automobile Design : 1930-1980” published by Crescent Books in 1985-1986.
he told the story of his automotive designer career in the interesting article Every Boy’s Dream: The Life and Career of an Automotive Designer, published in 2004 on The Automotive Chronicles.
(Image Courtesy: Richard Nesbitt for Car Body Design)