The Mustang Shooting Brake That Never Was
The Ford Mustang was an overwhelming, unqualified success, selling over a million units in eighteen months! It was so successful in fact that Ford examined the production of a Shooting Brake option going as far as building two full-size styling bucks. And while it probably wouldn’t have been called a ‘Shooting Brake’, the underpinnings were certainly there as the Mustang was based on Ford’s “small” Falcon sedan. Additionally, two door wagons were not uncommon (consider Chevy’s Nomad and Volvo’s smaller P1800ES).
The idea seemed so self-evident that the Torinese company Intermeccanica actually built an unsolicited prototype for Ford’s consideration. The prototype was styled in part by designer Mr. Robert Cumberford, who said that Mr. Eugene Bordinat, Ford’s head of Design, “was incensed over the idea of an outside proposal, and Ford ultimately rejected all three designs, putting the lid on the Mustang wagon.”