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1970 Ford Mach II

Ford Mach II, 1970 - Mach II planned as a challenger to GM’s Corvette. Unfortunately did not reach production. Photo shows mock-up on Pantera chassis.
Ford Mach II, 1970 - Mach II planned as a challenger to GM’s Corvette. Unfortunately did not reach production. Photo shows mock-up on Pantera chassis.
Ford Mach II, 1970 - Quite roomy interior and could carry a golf bag in the rear compartment.
Ford Mach II, 1970 - Quite roomy interior and could carry a golf bag in the rear compartment.
Ford Mach II, 1970 - Futuristic front end.
Ford Mach II, 1970 - Futuristic front end.
Ford Mach II, 1970 - The inverted GM Monza GT rear end of the Mach II. Shinoda’s touch can be seen in the handling of the design of the louver.
Ford Mach II, 1970 - The inverted GM Monza GT rear end of the Mach II. Shinoda’s touch can be seen in the handling of the design of the louver.
Ford Mach II, 1970
Ford Mach II, 1970
Images: deansgarage.com; Wayne Barratt - www.lotusespritturbo.com
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The Ford Mach 2 was design by Larry Shinoda in 1970 as a challenger to the Chevrolet Corvette. It did not however meet production. The car was based on a De Tomaso Pantera chassis and engine. The rear design was influneced by the 1962 Corvair Monza GT. The Mach II project was abandonned when Ford teamed up with De Tomaso to sell the Pantera in the USA through there Lincoln-Mercury dealer network, which was cheaper than developing this car. Larry Shinoda left Ford soon after designing this car and went on to set up his own Comapny, Shinoda Design Associates.
Source: www.lotusespritturbo.com
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rod fergudon
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Very strong influences with the Lamborgini miruia and the ford gt maark 1 and 2 designs classic beauiful lines for a mid-engine car ,great power -to - weight ratio
Rob Sprack
Friday, May 13, 2016
I'm told this is the Mach 2 c.
The license plate says Mach 2, like the 1967MY Mach 2 a.
=;-)X
Rob Sprack
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
The first 2 pictures look like the usual Ford styling photograph. The Date code 8-15-69 translates as August 15th 1969.
Either Larry Shinoda secretly built a time machine or more likely he designed this "Mach 2" as it says on the front number plate before 1970.
According to Wikipedia, the De Tomaso Pantera made its public debut in Modena in March 1970 and was presented at the 1970 New York Motor Show a few weeks later. Unlike the Mangusta, which employed a steel backbone chassis, the Pantera was a steel monocoque design, the first instance of De Tomaso using this construction technique.
I'm thinking Ford did not have a Pantera "chassis" back in August 1969 to mock-up the Mach 2 on, although they may have had a Mangusta one.
=;-)X
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