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Old 07-02-2009, 11:19 AM   #1
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I didn't want to jack Joe's Fast Things thread, but here is the car that I alluded to in the thread. In 1962, this was the prototype/concept 1962 Mustang. Two seats, convertible, 2000 lbs, popup headlights, 4 cylinder. Miata proportions at max. If this would have been released, what would this have done to shrink down American cars way back in the 60's? It could have been a paradigm shift in cars and we might not have been dealt a handful of boats in the 60's, 70's and 80's. Like the Miata saving the roadster in the 90's but I can't believe it was 30 years sooner.

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Old 07-02-2009, 11:38 AM   #2
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Looks to be more of a corvette counterpart. I think if that had been released there would've never been a Camaro... or Challenger.

I think w/ that in mind, the rest of car history would've remained the same, just w/o the additional sports cars.
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I agree with Project. There still would have been tons of boats, just the first pony cars would have been called something else (since Mustang would have been taken)

There is a lot of space in this country where a fast car that doesn't corner is perfect because there are no corners. Some other manufacturer would have figured that out soon enough.
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I think if Ford woulda produced this instead of the Mustang, then they would be out of business today. There were so much other cooler 2 seater roadsters back in the day anyway, like the Triumph Spitfire, the Austin Healey Sprite, and the MG Midget to name a few. If this woulda been the Mustang, than the Mustang woulda been the Volvo P1800.
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On a similar note, I live in OKC, OK; one of our suburbs is Mustang, OK. They claim that that is the source of the name for the pony car, but I can't recall the connections... To the point; in that town, there is a fella that has an early-bodied Mustang with a Rotary-engine. Allegedly, it was a factory prototype. It looks legit, but you never know...
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