1965 Ford Mustang Intermeccanica Diecast Car by Matrix Scale Models

1965 Ford Mustang Intermeccanica Diecast Car by Matrix Scale Models

1965 Ford Mustang Intermeccanica Diecast Car by Matrix Scale Models

Two car designers, Barney Clark and Robert Cumberford, were contacted by the world’s largest advertising agency JWT (John Walter Thompson). The agency had a very large and influential client, none other than the Ford Motor Company, and JWT asked the two designers to help them come up with a new design that would get the attention of Ford.
This was back in the mid-’60s and the Ford Mustang was the hottest car on the market at the time.
Consequently, the two thought a Mustang Wagon would do the trick, and Cumberford knew exactly who he could rely on to build such a car.
A 1965 Mustang notchback was subsequently shipped to Frank Reisner, the founder of Intermeccanica, in Turin, Italy.
The roof was extended to meet a fabricated liftgate housing the back window. The fuel filler cap and neck were relocated to the rear of the right quarter panel to accommodate the fold-down tailgate, which joined the liftgate.
Reisner came up with the ingenious idea of retaining one third of the tail-light assembly attached to the body while the remainder was attached to the tailgate.
The fixed rear seat was replaced with a functional fold-down-version and added cabin ventilation achieved through the long hinged side glass which opened slightly.
Apparently, Ford already had a couple of Mustang Wagon designs on the drawing board, and when Ford’s styling chief, Eugene Bordinat, heard and read about the outside design proposal of a similar Mustang Wagon design, all three ideas were shelved.
The history of Intermeccanica and the cars they still build is a fascinating story.

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