Doing a photochop of the new 2015 Mustang GT might seem almost sacrilegious these days. The car is a huge, huge hit already and is set to be the most popular pony-car in decades.
We’ve see dozens of custom Mustangs so far at SEMA and now the Shelby GT350 ups the ante dramatically.
But what about a truly futuristic fantasy Mustang? Something almost unreal in its stunning proportions?
The ideas shown here follow the original Ford Mach 1 sketches in 1966 — they read almost like an instruction manual for a step-by-step Mustang Mach 1 for 2017.
Let’s disregard practical concerns to simply enjoy the renders for what they are: a fantasy that is unlikely to become real at any time, not even 2017.
Essentially, the steps to make the renders are the same for the profile angle and the front three-quarter.
Mach 1 Render Process
— lower the roof and glasshouse dramatically, but keep the flowing fastback glass and roof shape intact
— lengthen the hood and front end at least six inches for a meaner, more rear-drive stance
— deepen the front bumper shapes for a lower nose and a much-larger front splitter
— extend the side sills to wrap each wheelhouse more tightly
— add a ducktail flip spoiler
2017 Ford Mustang Mach 1
When you style and produce a car as successful as the Mustang in 1964, you have to start thinking next steps almost immediately. How to evolve, and how to keep up the excitement of the original, but with the thrill of the new.
Ford explored a variety of wild ideas for the future of the Mustang. From the short-wheelbase, to the Ranchero — Ford was open to nearly any and all ideas.
But the enthusiast vision shined brightest. How to make the Mustang even cooler, and even more hardcore as a sports-car.
In this folder lives the 1966 Mustang Mach 1, 1967 Allegro II speedster and the 1970 Mustang Milano.
1966 Ford Mustang Mach 1
1970 Ford Mustang Milano
1966 Ford Mustang Mach I Concept
In late 1966, Ford designers prepared a Mustang concept to preview some of the design updates coming for the 1969 model. The Mustang Mach I was a two-seat fastback with a very aggressive looking chopped roof profile. Each of the rear pillars featured a flip-open racing-style gas cap while larger than normal air-scoops dominated the flanks. The sloped rear end included a hatchback, a feature that wouldn’t appear on a production model until the 1974 Mustang II.
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