The Ford Mustang is a car manufactured by the Ford Motor Company. It was first introduced in 1964 and is still produced today, although it has undergone many changes since its introduction. Currently, five generations of Ford Mustang’s have been produced with the next generation scheduled for 2015. The older models of the Mustang remain popular with car enthusiasts, collectors, and restorers, and the original design remains extremely popular for its classic looks and iconic styling. Let’s find out who designed this classic car.
Who designed the Ford Mustang?
The prototype for the Mustang, known as the Ford Mustang I, was designed in 1961 by lead designer John Najjar with important contributions from Philip T. Clark. This prototype was remodelled into a four seat design under the head engineer Donald N. Frey. The design was completed by the design chief Joe Oros and his team made up of L. David Ash, Gale Halderman, and John Foster. The design team had to meet five targets for the vehicle which were; four bucket seats, floor mounted shifter, not weigh more than 2,500 lbs or be more than 180 in long, have a number of luxury/comfort options and cost less than $2,500. Oros, the lead designer, was inspired by the front end of the Ferrari and wanted a sporty looking car with a European type of design. The styling of the original Mustang is credited to L. David Ash. The interior design was completed by a design team featuring Damon Woods and John Foster.
The Mustang outsold the projected sales in just a few months and the 1965 model became the most successful Ford launch since the Model A. The 1965 model included a number of changes from the 1964 model, which is known as the 19641/2. This model is quite rare and is extremely popular with classic car collectors.