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Old 7/7/15, 12:12 PM   #1
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Five Facts to Know About the Very First Mustang



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The fact that it is mid-engine didn't hit the top five facts?

The car was also inspired by the desire to compete with the Corvair Monza, which was very successful at the time. While this Mustang variant never saw production, the conventional front engined, rear drive car we all know and love is what actually killed off the Chevy Corvair, not Ralph Nader. Chevy's response to the Mustang was to create the Camaro because it was easier and cheaper to build a conventional car and stuff a V-8 in it than it would be to make the Corvair competitive with the Mustang's V-8 power.

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The fact that it is mid-engine didn't hit the top five facts?

The car was also inspired by the desire to compete with the Corvair Monza, which was very successful at the time. While this Mustang variant never saw production, the conventional front engined, rear drive car we all know and love is what actually killed off the Chevy Corvair, not Ralph Nader. Chevy's response to the Mustang was to create the Camaro because it was easier and cheaper to build a conventional car and stuff a V-8 in it than it would be to make the Corvair competitive with the Mustang's V-8 power.
Great pick up on the mid-engine fact, David. I wasn't aware of the Corvair connection in the second part of your post. Very interesting.

As far as the Mustang Concept car, there was also this one referred to as the Mustang II, which would actually make the 74-78 PintoStang the Mustang III.
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