The first Mustang was shown to the general public in 1962, it looked vastly different from the car that would actually go into production in 1964 but it gave Ford a solid testbed for potential new technologies.

The Ford Mustang I Concept had a spaceframe chassis with an aluminium skin riveted to it, it was powered by a 91 cubic inch (1.5 litre) V4 mid-mounted engine and sent power to the rear wheels via a 4-speed all-synchromesh transmission. This mid-mounted engine is the reason that the ’64 Mustang was released with faux-airscoops behind the doors – even though it was front engined.

This film is an official Ford promotional film from 1962, it shows the car in great detail and of course when the film was made, no one knew that the Mustang name would go on to become a major global icon. The film runs 23 minutes and 30 seconds in length and it’s essential viewing for anyone with an interest in automotive history.

1962 Ford Mustang Car

1962 Ford Mustang

1962 Ford Mustang I Concept 2

1962 Ford Mustang I Concept 3

1962 Ford Mustang I Concept 1

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