Ford as soon as planned to race fiberglass-bodied Mustang touring vehicles: As the Ford Mustang turns 50, we appear back at pony vehicle background

As the Ford Mustang turns 50, we seem back at pony automobile history



Tucked away on page 9 of the May possibly 9, 1964 concern of Competitors Press and Autoweek is an intriguing little story: “FIA Rejects Ford Bid for Homolgation [sic].”

At the time, the Mustang had just produced its world debut, but Ford was previously scheming to fold the vehicle into its “Total Performance” campaign. The automaker apparently proposed to do so with a fleet of crazy fiberglass-bodied touring autos.

According to Competition Press, Ford tried to get the new Mustang classified as a touring vehicle for international racing. “Ford’;s request for homologation,” we explained, “described the Mustang as a auto with all fiberglass physique, disc brakes on all 4 wheels, and a 289 cubic-inch displacement engine outfitted with 4 dual-throat Weber carburetors.”

Conserve for that 289 cu.-in. motor (which sucked air and fuel through a 4-barrel carb in manufacturing type, not quad Webers), not considerably about this hypothetical Mustang touring vehicle looked like the vehicles lovers would ultimately acquire and race. It took a handful of many years for the Mustang to sport disc brakes, for illustration. And even though it isn’;t mentioned, we suspect the touring automobile would have had independent rear suspension to greater compete with European offerings.

FIA officials rejected the request out of hand, noting that Ford had produced no effort to even start constructing the 1,000 vehicles required for homologation. The same officials mentioned that Ford created no bid to get the automobile classified as a Grand Touring vehicle, either (that class had a lower homologation threshold of 100 autos). Nor did the Blue Oval try to have a steel-bodied Mustang homologated as a Touring Car at the time — in spite of meeting all the needs for that classification.

Of program, it was not prolonged just before the Mustang noticed racing achievement, specifically as soon as the likes of Shelby American and Holman Moody received concerned in the effort to put the car on the tracks around the world. But it really is fascinating to imagine what a fiberglass-bodied pony automobile would have looked and handled like — and exactly where the 1,000 examples that would have had to have been developed for homologation purposes would have wound up. Or how significantly they’;d be really worth at auction — a 1965 Shelby Mustang GT350R not too long ago sold for virtually $ 1,000,000 at an RM Auctions event.

Appreciate the news quick beneath, and note Shelby American, Inc.’;s ad for Weber 48 mm downdraft carburetors — they are the exclusive distributor west of the Mississippi, you know.

Ford's bid to have the 1965 Mustang homologated by the FIA rejected

The Ford Mustang turns 50 many years old for the duration of 2014 to celebrate the a lot of lives of America’;s favourite pony car, we’;ll be posting selections from our archives. Check out out our Mustang mini-internet site exactly where you may discover information, street exams, sneak peeks and even traditional Mustang advertisements from the pages of Autoweek. We’;ll also have all the latest information and images surrounding the redesigned 2015 Ford Mustang as it rolls out, so keep tuned.

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