Prototype Mustang heads homegrown talent in Florida


A 1964 ‘Shorty’ Mustang will be one of the star attractions in the ‘What Were They Thinking’ class at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance from 8-10 March

It is based on one of 10 pre-production chassis, with a wheelbase that has been shortened by 16in and a V8 bored and stroked to 302cu in.

The lightweight glassfibre two-seater was designed by Vince Gardner, and was displayed around the world before Ford put it into storage.

Gardner, though, was convinced his creation was destined for the crusher and stole the car from the unsuspecting firm, walling it up in a Michigan warehouse.

There it stayed until the oblivious building owner discovered it after months’ of unpaid rent.

Having already received an insurance payout, Ford was no longer interested in the one-off machine. As a result, it was stored in the insurance company’s car park where it caught the eye of an executive, who promptly advertised it for sale.

The car’s present owner, Bill Snyder, had seen it touring years earlier and bought it on the spot after being alerted to the advert by a friend.

The Mustang joins a list of Florida-bound classics that includes a Lamborghini Miura Roadster and a fleet of Cadillac concepts, plus 50th anniversary tributes to Ford’s GT40, Porsche’s 911 and the Corvette Sting Ray.



William Towns must have seen this. The Aston Martin DBS is a straight copy.


Oh No! Not more Americana. Why can't C&CS spend less time on items of very little interest to the British reader and a bit more time on European classics. At least we can get to Germany, France, Italy etc without having to spend a fortune and the cars are far much more relevant.

Don Callum

Looks better from the rear 3/4 that the front one....and dear Morgan, just because you have no interest in US cars doesn't mean no one else does, do try and put things in perspective.


Morgan, one of the great things about C&SC is that they do cover American cars, especially unusual ones like this Mustang. I agree with Don, your position is very short-sighted and you probably would be best keeping it to yourself.

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