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July 22, 2022

Vintage Photos of the Ford Mustang I at the 1962 Pacific Grand Prix

This sharp looking little two-seater created a great “buzz” when racing driver Dan Gurney introduced it at the United States Grand Prix in Watkins Glen, New York in 1962. Featuring a rear-mounted, V-4 engine, it was unlike any Ford ever seen before. The Mustang name was later transferred to a sporty four-seater that created its own buzz in 1964.

Today the Mustang I is part of the collections of The Henry Ford and is on display in the Henry Ford Museum in the Driving America exhibit.

These vintage photos of the Mustang I were taken at the 1962 Pacific Grand Prix held at Laguna Seca Raceway, located near Monterey, California. Dan Gurney demonstrated the car on track during the event, just as he had done earlier that same October at Watkins Glen. The photos are drawn from the Dave Friedman collection held at the Benson Ford Research Center.


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