The Allegro experimental car in the studios 12.July 1962. Archive Gary
The Aurora. We will come back to this one later:
Archive McLellan Automobile literature
out this 15 min video
about the Ford Styling Studio and the experimental cars Allegro,
Cougar II, Aurora and Mustang I and Mustang II
(works only with latest Quicktime player)
Allegro is a practical dream car,
jointly developped by stylists and engineers"
says a Ford design book of that era.
"In styling its daring and different" - an
approach in keeping with the times. Symbolising sleekness, motion and - as its
name indicates - brisk and lively performance, the Allegro is distinguished by
a long hood, compact passenger compartment and a "fastback" roofline
with grill wastegates in the fender area.
dramatic, but functional interior has fixed contoured seats that are an
integral part of the body structure, a feature tested in the experimental
Pedals are adjustable fore and aft by means of power switches on the steering
column. The column itself is a unique cantilevered arm that can be
poweradjusted fore and aft, up and down.
This idea car incorporates many new design concepts and new features tailored
to existing engine driveline and frame components."
What you see clearly here .. are styling elements inspired
from the GM Monza GT, which Phil Clark saw or even worked on with Shinoda at
The scoops and the rear fake window vents. We
have to assume - and book 2 will shade more light on this with testimonials
from both GM and Ford colleagues - that Phil Clark was the daring and
different stylist in this case as well.
Since Phil Clark was already well-known for
his musician talent, the word Allegro had a special meaning for him and
it becomes clear that there must be a similar relation to the naming of this
concept. Book 2 from Holly will shift more light on this.
The Allegro II
The Allegro II was an open
2-passenger car meant and announced in a PR notice as a Ford design research
combines the best elements of sports cars and sportsters". Agile and
responsive, yet comfortable and convenient, Allegro II is a contemporary
version of the closed fastback Allegro introduced in 1963".
was a big influence of the companies racing cars already visible in this
research vehicle. Individual headrests mounted on a safety rollbar, quick-fill
competition gas filler, Lucas high-speed driving lights and dual green-gold
The tilt-wheel was another feature of this car, later put in so many Ford cars.
At the same time it featured already panelescent digital instruments, in which
lighted numerals shine through the panel face to indicate exact speed.
Datas will be added later.