Donald Farr
Former Editor, Mustang Monthly
April 20, 2014
Photos By: Ford Archives

The Mustang name, as a Ford automobile, was introduced to the world in October 1962 as a two-seater concept during the U.S Grand Prix at Watkins Glen, New York. Unlike most concept cars of the time, the “Ford Mustang Experimental Sports Cars,” as it was officially named, was a running prototype, as driver Dan Gurney proved when he drove the white and blue on the Watkins Glen road course, reaching 100 miles-per-hour - to the chagrin of Chevrolet officials who displayed a static Corvair Monza concept.

Other than the name, there was little in common between the two-seat Mustang, which became known as the Mustang 1, and the four-seat ‘65 Mustang production car. However, with press reports from Watkins Glen, the Mustang name was etched into the mind of consumers.

Seen here are Ford photos from the Mustang 1’s introduction at Watkins Glen.

To make sure the Mustang 1 performed flawlessly, it was thoroughly tested at the Ford proving grounds in Dearborn before heading to New York.
A U.S. Grand Prix crowd gathers around the Mustang 1 as it is off-loaded into a display tent at Watkins Glen.
With its aerodynamic shape, the Mustang 1 was built for speed, as it demonstrated at Watkins Glen in 1962.
Wherever it went at Watkins Glen, the Mustang 1 was mobbed by spectators.
In addition to its speed display, the Mustang 1 was also used for the U.S. Grand Prix parade activities. The size differential compared to full-size Galaxies is evident in this photo.