In the early 1960's, Ford was playing around the idea of introducing a sporty two seat coupe. While the company created a handful of sketches, only one running prototype was built.

In the early 1960's, Ford was playing around the idea of introducing a sporty two seat coupe. While the company created a handful of sketches, only one running prototype was built.

The car was designed by Vince Gardner and was based on a preproduction 1965 Mustang. It was 16 inches (406mm) shorter than the standard model and featured a unique fiberglass rear end and new outer door skins.

After the prototype was shown on tour, it was scheduled to be scrapped. However, Gardner hid it at a warehouse without Ford's knowledge to prevent it from being crushed.
Ford eventually reported the car stolen and received an insurance payment. Shortly after this happened, the warehouse owner discovered the car because Gardner had failed to pay rent on the warehouse. Since the insurance company had already paid Ford's claim, they took possession of the car and sold it to one of their executives.

Ohio resident Bill Snyder eventually saw the car for sale in Hemming’s Motor News and immediately contacted the seller to purchase it. The rest is history as Snyder has owned the car for the last 46 years.

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