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1967 Ford Mustang with Retractable Hardtop and Lambo Doors

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What you see here is a custom-made 1967 Ford Mustang with a retractable hardtop (you could also refer to it as a 'coupe-convertible') and Lamborghini-style scissor doors that has been listed for sale on eBay. According to the seller, it's one of the very few examples built by former Ford employee Ben J. Smith in 1994 who based the car on an original idea he had pitched to Ford back in the 1960s.

1967 Ford Mustang Retractable Hardtop - Carscoop The listing claims that in 1965 Ford had invested around $250,000 in Ben J. Smith's idea to build a prototype model of a Mustang Coupe-Convertible with a retractable hardtop that would be offered as an option in 1967. However in 1966, Henry Ford ll decided to axe the project because the hardtop would not be motorized.

We found an interesting article on the subject on the October 2005 issue of Hemmings Classic Car magazine that confirms the seller's claims. Turns out that Smith and his son Dave had created a handful of retractable hardtop Mustangs before they called it quits in 1996. As for the original 1965 prototype, Smith told Hemmings that it disappeared never to be seen again.

While there's no doubt that a lot of work went into creating the Mustang Coupe-Convertible, we think that the Lambo-style doors of this particular example were an unnecessary addition. If you're interested though, the car has been listed for a second time on eBay.

Source: eBay , Via: Cardomain , Link: Hemmings

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4 Comments:

wender said... »May 02, 2009

Proportions on this are better than many of today's hardtop convertibles. Looks nearly identical to a coupe when the top is up.

lazy penguin said... »May 02, 2009

I think it would look awesome if it didn't have the scissor doors or the oddly colored stripes.

SamuraiJack said... »May 02, 2009

Would've been awesome if it wasn't for the stupid doors

Anonymous said... »May 06, 2009

it looks nice! and it gives it a modern touch! I like the lamborghini doors.

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