The Mystery Mustang Fastback - an early
© Mike, Wolfgang Kohrn -March, 9th., 2009, last updated 8th October 2009
The MYSTERY EARLY FASTBACK - A Prototype?
The first Mustang 2+2 later to be called Fastback was shown already on May 2nd 1962 in the studios, still with a Cougar emblem on it, a clay model project S-6303-16. Some other fibreglass models were made soon after and pictures from October 18th, 1963 show the finished model already together with the Hardtop. A variety of other pictures of interior alterations of the Fastback project is shown in Gary Witzenburgs documentation.
We also know from Haldermans words, that various Fastback roof shapes were tried to find the final line for the perfect line.
All this said and although there was a strict policy to scrap those early prototypes, it is reported by our mystery car owner Mike based on discussions with genuine Ford factory people that 6 early Fastback prototypes toured the US quite early, one of them being a orange one. We are very much interested to get a few more facts together on those early showcars, so you are invited to contribute in the research of this car.
A customized car after the restoration. Mike designed his Fastback to his liking, as Ford wanted customers to deal with it back then.
See the pictures below from the car dated before the restoration
started - it looks like a regular GT Fastback but had numerous strange factory
welds, a bigger rear window, strange vent cutouts and more.
Dave Alzayer - who collects VIN information already for a long time, browsed for us his huge archive and came up with these other early Mystery Fastbacks.
"Well, I found information in 1990/1991 Mustang
Monthly readers sections about 5R09A144005, who claims to have a
more ore less "handmodeled Fastback rooftop" on a prototype that was
"pulled off the assembly line". Acc. to the readers letter Ward and
Karen Landis from Santa Monica bought this car in the early 80ies and that it
originally came from a Fernando Valley Ford dealer - ordered in mid 1964 prior
to the release of the 65 models. The response says, that it is rather unlikely
that such a prototype woudl come from the San Jose assembly line, just
speculating that a PR promotion vehicle could have been pulled, but evidence
would be needed.
So, if you have a VIN
of a 1964 built early Fastback prior to those dates at Dearborn or Metuchen, let us know.