“Shorty” Ford Mustang going to auction – gallery inside image

Back in the swinging 1960s the iconic pony car didn’t just spawn an entirely new class, but also had an unconventional short wheelbase concept vehicle called the 1964 1/2 Ford Mustang III.

Naturally it was nicknamed “Shorty” and the one of a kind variant has a wheelbase that lost 16 in (40.6 cm) of the total that went into the original fastback model. Vince Gardner, the designer that penned the prototype opted to use fiberglass for the body shell, and these were not the only changes. Under the hood stood a 260 V8 bored out to 302 cubic inches (5.0-liter) that used three carburetors, a classic setup for the muscle and pony cars of the age. Because Ford never wanted the car to enter series production, Gardner had to steal the concept in May of 1965 to avoid its untimely destruction! The police found the prototype six months later and the car was sold to someone from Ohio.

It’s 47 years since and the car is arguably one of the most sought-after classic Ford Mustangs out there – and now courtesy of an upcoming auction some other car collector will get to enjoy it. Auctions America is offering it during an event scheduled in March, 2015 and the 1964 1/2 Ford Mustang III Shorty is definitely not going on the cheap side, with experts estimating that because it’s unique and in pristine condition, it could cost anywhere between $400,000 to a whopping $600,000.