What could have been: 4 door Mustang


Yes, it’s all true.
As far back as 1963, Ford was considering a sedan version of the sporty Mustang.
Not sure when it was canceled, but obviously, it was. Even before the coupe came out.

Good idea or blasphemy?

Conversation 13 comments

  1. EEEEW! Ugly thing.
    Ford made a 4 door version of the Maverick which was a mess unlike the 2 door which was a pleasant style.
    Same with the Thunderbird in the late '60s.

    Seems that sedan versions of successful coupes turn out disappointing. Good that the Mustang sedan was aborted.

  2. I agree with everyone so far. This would have been a terrible idea which would have "watered down" the Mustang theme. I do however think it looks ok but it does seem odd to have a new, sporty car with a plain, blah roof. Not making this was a good idea. I don't know if everyone else remembers or not but a couple of years ago, when Ford apparantley ran out of ideas, Ford was considering this again. Again, I'm glad they did'nt.

  3. Ford definitely made the right decision keeping it a 2 door. It would not have been perceived as a "sporty" car had there been a 4 door. There was also no need for a 4 door since the similar sized Fairlane and Falcon were available as 4 doors.

  4. Bad idea in '63. Good idea in 2011. Styles change. People change. Trends change. 4-dr PORSCHE; 4-dr Austin-Martin. 4-DR CHARGER. back then the 2-dr was king. Today it's been replaced by the club-cab & crew-cab pickups. But upcoming Federal EPA / MPG / CAFE mandates will limit peoples freedom of choice soon, so cars will be back to replace trucks & SUV's. It's time to bring back the 4-Dr Thunderbird.

  5. Ford could've started the four-door coupe trend if they went with a fastback version and added 2 more doors.
    And I don't understand why this would be blasphemy IF Ford did go through with offering a 4-door Mustang in addition to the coupe at launch on April 17, 1964. It would've ingrained in people's minds that there's a 2-door & a 4-door Mustang. It's not like how Ford started with the 2-door Thunderbird and then years later added 4-doors. That, to me, is blasphemy or the Mustang II (1974-1978).
    That version in the photo is ungainly, though, which is why i thought a fastback version would've looked better and would've started a trend waaayyyy back in the 60s.

  6. Apparantly they made a Mustang 2 door wagon concept prototype as well that didnt make it into production.

  7. I think this car is beautiful myself.

    But if they built this back then, the pony car segment wouldn't have taken off.

    What would a four-door Barracuda have looked?

  8. AS A FOX BODY OWNER MYSELF, I SAY RIDICULOUS. AS IT WAS SAID THE OTHER FORD MODELS TOOK UP THE FOUR DOOR SLACK…MUSTANGS HAVE ALWAYS BEEN AND SHOULD CONTINUE TO BE 2-DOORS.

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