That Time Ford Built a Mid-engined Mustang: The 1967 Mach 2

by Paul Strauss
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Despite the original Mustang being a major hit from its launch in mid-1964, that didn’t stop Ford from thinking about future variants of the car. Designed by¬†Gene Bordinat and built by the Ford Special Vehicles Group and Kar Kraft, the Mach 2 Concept was their attempt at a mid-engine version of the Mustang. The prototype, first shown at the 1967 Chicago Auto Show was thought to be a potential replacement for the Shelby Cobra.

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Bearing more resemblance to a Corvette from the side than a Mustang, it had a 289 V8 which was mounted behind a two-seat passenger compartment – a complete break from the Mustang’s front-engine, rear-wheel drive configuration. Despite its layout, the car still managed to have a long hood and short tail end with distinctive Mustang styling.

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Since the car never made it beyond the auto show circuit, we have no idea it might have handled in comparison to the nose-heavy, tail-waggy Mustangs we all know and love. All we know is that it had an independent rear suspension long before the production Mustang first got one in 2015.

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Bonus image for making it this far down the page… Apparently, they crammed a full-size spare tire into the Mach 2’s engine compartment. We’re guessing that kept the tire warm and sticky for some extra grip.

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Nobody knows what ever happened to this one-of-a-kind prototype, but it sure would be an incredible find if Ford ever dug it out of storage.

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