That is an installment in a sequence of posts wanting again on present automobiles that we really feel deserved a little bit extra consideration than they received. When you’ve got a suggestion for a Forgotten Idea matter, please shoot us a line or depart a remark under.
Ford Mustang RSX
First Proven: 1981 Chicago Auto Present
Description: Two-seat Mustang designed by Ghia
Gross sales Pitch: Appeals to American and European lovers
First proven on the 1981 Chicago Auto Present, the Ford Mustang RSX was a 2-seat idea automobile primarily based on the manufacturing Mustang that debuted for the 1979 mannequin yr. Designed by Italian design home Ghia—then owned by Ford—the RSX was created to provide the Mustang a extra European attraction. Constructed on the identical “Fox Physique” unibody structure because the manufacturing automobile, the Mustang RSX rode on a 6-inch shorter wheelbase and featured giant “all-glass” doorways. In actuality, the doorways weren’t made fully of glass, however as a substitute featured a black plexiglass end which seemed to be deeply tinted glass to the informal observer. The RSX’s powertrain was borrowed from the manufacturing Mustang, and featured a turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine mated to a 4-speed guide transmission powering the rear wheels. By no means meant for manufacturing by Ford, the RSX disappeared after making the auto-show rounds, and its location at present is a thriller.
In researching the RSX idea, I took be aware of a number of articles blasting it as ugly and even hideous. What provides? Although the RSX seems to have performed little function in shaping the design of future Mustangs, it’s a handsome, feisty little machine, and undoubtedly pulls off the Euro-look factor. Since this idea wasn’t a runner, I don’t know why Ford didn’t simply declare it got here with a 5-speed guide. Nothing stated “low cost American” again within the late Seventies like a 4-speed guide.
Ford Mustang RSX Idea Gallery
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