I remember something about that on Car and Driver TV. If I remember correct Ford had several design teams create prototypes, the car that won was called the Cougar but it looked just like the 64 1/2 Stang. It was kind of funny looking seeing a stang with the Running Cat emblem on the grill instead of a pony.
Yes, we all know the story of Ford dropping the "cougar " name and going with the Mustang; after building a prototype called the "cougar 2" in 1966. Since the "pony" car market (1965) was created and became super popular, Mercury wanted to be part of the action and developed their own "pony" car and acquired the previously dropped name from Ford (COUGAR) in 1967 and the rest is history. I have a couple of books showing the many clay full size models Ford was doing and then Mercury in the development of the "cougar". As well as the MPC plastic model kit of the "cougar II". I also have a neat mint post card showing the mustangs and cougars on the same assembly line in 1967. Avery cool story..
Sorry. I tried three times to put a picture of one of the two "cougar 2" kits I have on this thread using the lowest setting on my camera. The reply that I got was that I excedded the maximum size. Something must be wrong as I have put pictures on the site before?? Sorry everyone..
when i get home tonight, i will post some pics i have of the evolution of the mustang, some of the sketches resemble the 64 t-bird, one of the first prototypes was in 62, a two seater w/ rear mounted V4 engine. there was another one with what looks like hide-a-way lights. it is in a 1970 ford magazine that i saved, i keep it sealed in a freezer bag. there is some bizzaro Ford stuff in it.
What is not as well known is that ford beat out chrysler by 15 minutes and they were planning on calling the baracuda the mustang. so had crysler beaten ford the mustang would of been the cougar and who knows what we would be calling our Cats. Maybe Mercury Lepords?
my first mustang was nick-named"the stang" by my friends at first, then it went to just "tang" then poontanger then at the end, ten years later was just "poonster".
go figure, we were young and pretty hi all the time.
Now then. more on the first tangs