Mark Houlahan
Tech Editor, Mustang Monthly
December 3, 2014
Photos By: Al Rogers

Regular readers will recognize the 1964-1/2 Mustang prototype seen here that we featured early last year. The “shorty” Mustang, built by Dearborn Steel Tubing, was shortened 16 inches and the body was designed by Vince Gardner, a well-known designer of the time. The Mustang was utilized in a traveling custom car show, but when the bean counters at Ford opted to not build such a Mustang variant it was scheduled to be destroyed, as most prototypes are. Gardner couldn’t just let his creation be destroyed and the designer hid it in a warehouse to protect it. Ford reported it stolen and was paid for the loss, only for the car to be discovered later and sold to its current owner in 1968. A complete restoration of the Mustang occurred in time to display the Mustang at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance in 2013—the first time it had appeared in public in nearly four decades! After a whirlwind 50th anniversary Mustang tour to several key events in 2014, the owner is now sending the “Shorty” Mustang to auction.

Auctions America will be offering this unique piece of Mustang history through its Fort Lauderdale, FL auction on March 27-29, 2015. The “Shorty” Mustang prototype is unique and historically important and we’re interested to see what such a rare Mustang will achieve in its bidding. “The upcoming sale of the Shorty Mustang represents an incredibly rare ownership opportunity,” says Gord Duff, Car Specialist, Auctions America. “Not only is it believed to be the only first generation Mustang prototype in private ownership, but it is an immensely important piece of Ford Motor Company history—truly something special for the ultimate Ford collector. We’re proud to have been trusted with its sale by its long-term owner. Arguably, the most historically important Mustang ever offered for sale, it’s certainly set to be a highlight of the Fort Lauderdale auction.”

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