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Automodello ’63 Mustang II concept car

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Automodello No. 24F040
Model Type: Die-cast
Scale: 1/24
Stock No.: 24FO40
MSRP: $249.95
Link: Automodello.com
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If you’re a Mustang nut, and let’s face it, there are lot out there, you’ll likely know the story of the 1963 Mustang II concept car.

If not, hang on and just know that Automodello is producing two versions of the rare one-off concept car used to hype the production car that debuted in April of 1964 at New York’s Worlds Fair.

Automodello offers 1/24 scale die-cast resin models in the original white with a blue stripes, and a highly limited Tribute Edition, in red.

After the two-seat mid-engine Mustang I’s debut in 1962, Ford’s brain trust decided it needed a concept car closer to what was to be launched in 1964 on its Falcon platform.

So Ford designer John Najjar went to work and then had Dearborn Steel Tubing (DST) fabricate the concept car of steel reinforced fiberglass. The car kept some styling elements from the Mustang I, including the triple-bar taillights, although elongated, and the fake side louvers.  The car also featured a sculpted headlight treatment and no bumpers front or rear, plus spear-like fenders.

Built as a coupe DST ultimately cut off the Mustang II’s roof to make it appear as a roadster, although no working top was ever created for the concept, just a removable top.

Inside, it used various Falcon components, primarily the aircraft style instrument cluster. Upholstery was all handmade.

Power would come from a 271-horsepower 289 cid Ford V8. While mostly stock it used trick lifters that were created to make the Mustang II sound like a race car when started - great marketing for a show car.

And that’s exactly what this was, a show car displayed at car shows prior to the Mustang’s launch as a 1964 1/2 model.

Eventually the Mustang II was donated to the Detroit Historical Society where it remains in storage. It’s rarely displayed, so credit to
Automodello for gaining access to the car to create this handsome model.

There’s no mistaking this as anything but a Mustang.

While the spear-shaped front fenders are a bit extreme, the profile still says Mustang and Automodello does its usual fine job of beautifully sculpting the car’s resin exterior.

The front grille, comes complete with rectangular inset for the iconic pony logo. Detailing is precise and attractive. There are screened front lights and  stretched (extra tall) rear taillights that look realistic. Twin chrome mirrors rest atop the front fenders well in front of the chrome-trimmed windshield. The car’s chrome wheels look great too, as do the twin dual exhausts that grace the car’s rear. Door handles are chrome.

As with other Automodello models, this is a sealed-body replica. But there’s a removable top, allowing you to see the handsome interior with blue dash, and seats with blue center cushions and white edges. Dash detailing is sharp too and there’s a T-handle shifter.

Automodello plans just 299 of the  standard model in white with blue stripes, along with a Tribute Edition (only 50 hand-numbered models) in Tribute Red. Note too that Automodello now is the sole source for its models. So look for these at Automodello.com or Diecasm.com            

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