Mach 2 Mustang: The Lost Mid-engine Pony

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Mustang Mach 2 Concept

Despite the big splash the Mach 2 concept made at the 1967 Chicago Auto Show, it was never meant to be.

We all remember the horror we felt when Ford was too close to building what would become the SN95-era Mustang as a front-wheel driver. Thankfully, that idea was tossed onto a Mazda platform, and re-named Probe.

But imagine a universe where Ford dropped a much better take on the Mustang into the showroom, one that would one day bring the hammer down on the mid-engine Corvette. AutoClassics has the tale of what could have been, but never was: the Mustang Mach 2 Concept.

Mustang Mach 2 Concept

The Mustang Mach 2 was the brainchild of Ford’s chief designer Eugene Bordinat, who took the Mustang’s original design cues, and reworked them into a lovely mid-engine concept. The results were then made real with a development car (in white) and a street-legal machine (in red), both built upon the bones of a pair of Mustang convertibles, whose reinforced chassis helped support the Mach 2 where it needed it the most.

Mustang Mach 2 Concept

The sleek red Mustang Mach 2 rolled upon its Firestones into the 1967 Chicago Auto Show, blowing the minds of journalists and Mustang fans alike. A few journalists even got a chance to drive the mid-engine pony, which was powered by a 289 V8, at the Blue Oval’s proving grounds in Dearborn, Michigan.

Mustang Mach 2C Concept

Alas, nothing more came of the Mach 2 beyond an updated take by design legend Larry Shinoda, the Mach 2C. The two original Mach 2s were destroyed to keep them out of anyone else’s hands, and no production models arrived due to budget costs and the complexity of building a mid-engine Mustang in the first place.

But wouldn’t it be cool if Ford went after the upcoming C8-era Corvette with a mid-engine Mustang of its own? Maybe there’s a universe where that’s happening now.

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Since launching her professional writing career nearly a decade ago as a fashion blogger, Cameron Aubernon has written for a handful of online and print publications on a wide variety of subjects, including expat issues, fashion, music, and, of course, the automotive industry. The automotive expert was even the editor-in-chief of a popular online lifestyle publication, where she reviewed luxury cars and interviewed fellow automotive enthusiasts.

A graduate of The Evergreen State College Class of 2005 with a bachelor's in liberal arts, Aubernon took a left turn from fashion writing into the automotive realm when she asked a fellow writer via Facebook if she could write for their site. Following an internship, stints with a couple of hyper-local online publications, and a move to Seattle, she made her then-biggest impact with The Truth About Cars, writing full-time for the publication from 2013 to 2015.

Currently, the highly-regarded automotive journalist is a frequent contributor to the high-traffic Internet Brands Auto Group websites Rennlist, Club Lexus, LS1Tech and Mustang Forums, among others.

Aubernon’s expert knowledge of all things Ford trucks has also made her a mainstay as one of the most prolific writers on Ford Truck Enthusiasts and F-150 Online.

Aubernon can be contacted via email at [email protected].

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