ACURA Sport Car | Ford Shorty Was Stolen To Save It From The Crusher

Prototype beauty was hidden behind a bricked-up wall afterwards Ford decided to fleck it


If Ford had set the Vincent Gardner-designed two-seater Shorty Mustang into production, they would convey beaten AMC to edifice such a automobile yesteryear iv years.
 
The AMX was the precisely American-built, steel-bodied two-seater GT since the 1955-1957 Ford Thunderbird, in addition to was built specifically to compete with the Corvette.
 
Gardner’s pattern career began early on — he won the Fisher Body Craftsman Guild contest when he was however inwards high school.
 
His outset labor was with the famous Gordon M. Buehrig, who was business office of the squad that designed in addition to built the Cord 810 inwards 1935.
 
Gardner’s outset interest with the Ford Motor Company was inwards 1950, when he designed in addition to won a contest co-sponsored yesteryear Motor Trend Magazine in addition to Ford.
 
He called his automobile VEGA, stemming from his name, Vincent E. Gardner.
 
It was a lightweight aluminum roadster built on a Ford Anglia chassis, featuring Ford V8 ability in addition to Cord-inspired pop-up headlights.
 
The contest rules stated that the winning pattern on newspaper would win the Anglia chassis in addition to $500.
 
Ford held the rights to the winning pattern in addition to insisted that the automobile live on built using the $500 prize money.
 
Gardner managed to convince Henry Ford II to opened upward his wallet, securing $8,000 to construct the car.
 
Ford liked it in addition to so much that they displayed it inwards their 50th anniversary celebrations. It sold inwards 2006 at the Barrett-Jackson auction for $378,000.
 
The Gardner-designed 1965 Shorty Mustang was built yesteryear Dearborn Steel Tube Co. on a pre-production Mustang chassis.
 
The torso was made precisely out of fibreglass from the firewall dorsum in addition to was used inwards Ford’s travelling route show. That is where the electrical flow owner, Bill Snyder, outset spotted the automobile in addition to vowed to ain one.
 
That dream took a long fourth dimension to come upward truthful because the automobile did non become into production in addition to was supposed to live on crushed.
 
To relieve the automobile from the jaws of the crusher, it is alleged Gardner stole the epitome in addition to hid it behind a bricked-up wall inwards a rented warehouse inwards Michigan. The rent was non paid, in addition to so the bailiff moved inwards in addition to the Mustang was discovered.
 
Ford had already been paid out for the theft claim, in addition to so the automobile became the belongings of the insurer; it caught the oculus of a automobile enthusiast executive at the insurance fellowship in addition to he purchased it.
 
Snyder’s 50-year dream came truthful when he spotted the automobile for sale inwards a automobile magazine.
 
The Shorty Mustang volition live on displayed at side yesteryear side month’s Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance inwards Florida — mayhap inwards the “What were they thinking?” class.
 
I promise they tin detect a model that I actually similar — the Intermeccanica Mustang Wagon — to commons amongst Shorty.


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