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The horse on the grill was not present in the prototype Mustang I. c. 1962. However, that prototype was then called the "Mustang I." The rumor is that Ford did not want an aircraft emblem at the front & settled for the horse.
I'm looking for the relationship of the WW II P-51 Mustang aircraft & the MTG prototype Ic. 1962!
Mustang is a good marketing name for a car that takes to the wide open roads of America not unlike the horses that the Spaniards left and the Native Americans later tamed.
It is a name of Freedom, powerful and sleek made to run in the wide open spaces of America.
I think the P-51 is more akin to Rousch and his love of WWII planes and the Mustang, but the namesake of the P-51 is certainly similar in nature, which is why it was named the Mustang in WWII. Again, a truly American creature.
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Nice & interesting comments on the birth of the Mustang! The name Mustang seems to follow 2 tracks. One, with Mr. John Najjar a Ford designer c. 1962 who came up with the name Mustang after his favorite WW II aircraft the P-51 Mustang.
..and second, a guy named Phil Clark also a design engineer who 1st worked for GM and then moved to Ford c. 1960s who saw the Nevada wild horses once. His daughter Holly found some interesting data/drawings c. 1980s on the design of the prototype Mustang I & the original drawings of the horse on the grill. Plz Google Phil Clark GB for more details.
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