Ford is gearing up to celebrate the Mustang's 50th anniversary, so the company is taking a look back at its origins.

Ford is gearing up to celebrate the Mustang's 50th anniversary, so the company is taking a look back at its origins.

The latest throwback takes us to through the design process of the 1994 Mustang. In the early days of development, designers had a free hand to envision the model as they saw fit. This resulted in a number of oddities including a shooting brake that would have been positioned to battle the Volkswagen Golf GTI. Others, as Ford notes, look "more [like a] Matchbox dream than production reality."

Ford was still playing around with the idea of a front-wheel drive Mustang despite a sea of criticism in the 1980s. Early design proposals attempted to mask the switch with rear-drive styling elements but Ford says they were simply a "desperate attempt." In the end, only one front-wheel drive clay model was built before the decision was made to stick with rear-wheel drive.

As development progressed, a number of cars were built and designers combined the best elements from them to make the production model.

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Ford shows the front-wheel drive horrors that could have been the 1994 Mustang