1963 Mustang II concept car confirmed for the 2024 Carlisle Ford Nationals

1963 Mustang II concept car confirmed for the 2024 Carlisle Ford Nationals


1963 Mustang II concept

Carlisle Events

Carlisle, PA – The Mustang is considered one of the most iconic Muscle Cars of all time, and annually at the Carlisle Ford Nationals, thousands of them are showcased on the National Parts Depot Showfield. For 2024, not only will Ford Nationals weekend celebrate 50 years of Carlisle Events, but it’ll also be showcasing 60 years of the Mustang. As such, guests can expect a variety of Mustang-themed displays, including a timeline display tent showcasing one Mustang from each year of production, a 50th gallery of some of the top Mustang II’s ever produced, another Mustang gallery highlighting some of the Mustangs of all time, and just announced, joining that display will be a very special ’63 concept that’s rarely shown at events.

The concept in question is the 1963 Mustang II Concept and it’s coming directly to Carlisle by way of the Detroit Historical Society, its home since 1975. Before it got there and to Carlisle for that matter, it was an inspiration and showpiece for Ford and Ford lovers alike.

This concept was in part, the brainchild of Lee Iacocca. Knowing that there was a general hunger for the Mustang project and all things Ford, he envisioned a car that would hint at future Ford builds. The result; is this Mustang II Concept. Visually, it resembled the first-generation Mustang, but carried some modifications that made it unique. Its steel body was five inches longer than the Mustang and its top to bottom size was three inches shorter. There was an aircraft-styled instrument cluster that included a Ford Falcon speedometer, plus hand-made upholstery.

Debuting at Watkins Glen, New York in advance of the United Grand States Prix, it would ultimately only make a few more appearances through 1964 before slinking back into obscurity. It did, however, serve as a test mule for R&D engineers as a way to better fine-tune their mainline Mustang projects.

Now, thanks to the historical society and the international reputation of the Carlisle Ford Nationals, the car comes to Carlisle for the first time ever. It rarely appears at events of any type and will be THE centerpiece of the Mustang Legends gallery in Building T

“The Detroit Historical Society is excited to partner with Carlisle Events, one of the premier automotive venues,” said Dave Marchioni, Automotive and Industrial Curator, Detroit Historical Society. “The Ford Nationals is an amazing event to showcase cars from our collection!”

The 2024 Carlisle Ford Nationals will take place May 31-June 2. Gates open at 7 AM daily and these displays are just one small part of the world’s largest all-Ford-themed car show. There’s still time to register for the National Parts Depot Showfield, secure a vending space within the automotive flea market, or purchase discounted spectator admission tickets. Full details on the event are available at CarlisleEvents.com or by calling 717-243-7855 today.

Carlisle Events, celebrating 50 years in 2024, is a partner or producer of over a dozen annual collector car/truck events. Events are held at the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds (Carlisle, PA), Allentown Fairgrounds (Allentown, PA), and the SUN ‘n FUN Expo Campus (Lakeland, FL). The season schedule includes automotive flea markets of varying sizes, multiple auctions, as well as individual specialty shows featuring Corvettes, Fords, GMs, Chryslers, trucks, imports, tuners, and performance sport compacts. Founded in 1974 by friends Bill Miller and Chip Miller, events hosted at Carlisle attract enthusiasts annually from all corners of the globe. More information is available at www.CarlisleEvents.com or www.CarlisleAuctions.com.

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