With all of the Mustang goings-on last night, I figured I’d make today’s Cold Start sort of Mustang-related, but not too Mustang related. So, with that in mind, let’s take a look at this incredible 1962 proto-Mustang full-sized styling clay model, only this one is from the period where the Mustang could have been the Cougar.
Look on that grille! That’s not a horse, it’s a big cat, threateningly swiping its big paws around. Ford actually had quite a history of putting cat badges on its cars, usually in threes. I wrote about this years ago, and it has to do, of all things, with the coat of arms of Richard the Lionhearted.
That’s not all Ford was willing to borrow from Europe, though. One of my favorite parts about this styling model is how it has the expected general Mustang look that we know, but odd oval headlights that change the whole face of the car.
Ford took these from their German subsidiary’s Taunus, the same place that the very first car Ford called a Mustang, their mid-engined Mustang I concept car, borrowed its V4 engine.
Would the world have been a better place if the Mustang started life as an egg-eyed car named for a big cat? Maybe!