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Over the decades, the Ford Mustang has been the subject of many design
renderings. Luckily a lot of those drawings didnít make it too far
past the drawing board. One Mustang concept that came about was the
1970 Mustang Milano.
Back in 1970, Ford brought the Milano Mustang to
the Chicago Auto Show to showcase the design that was to be featured
in the upcoming production í71 Ford Mustang. Hence the name Milano,
this Ultra Violet coupe was inspired by the pro-touring vehicles
that drove around the northern Italian city by that same name. This
new Mustang design featured just two seats and an almost horizontal
According to Ford, this was the most ďradicalĒ Mustang seen up to
that time. Letís say that if Ford forgot to apply running pony
badges to the grille and fenders, many people might not realize that
this car derived directly from the 1970 Mustang SportsRoof. The rear
glass of the Mustang was sloped at 67 degrees and sported an almost
horizontal electronically-powered rear decklid.
The hood featured NACA-style ducts, which helped force air down into
the engine. At higher speeds, the rear spoiler helped plant the
power down to the rear wheels. Another feature unheard of was the
color-changing tail lamps that glowed green during acceleration, red
when the brakes were applied, and then turned back to amber when
The brakes hid behind cast-aluminum wheels with a design that
mimicked the classic wire wheels, but were made to be much stronger.
Similar looking wheels became popular over the next three decades.
If you didnít get enough purple with the exterior, the interior was
also covered in the royal hue. The seats featured purple leather
with blue-violet cloth inserts and deep purple mohair carpeting. Ah,
exact car didnít make the production cut, design elements were taken
from the Milano for the 1971 production Mustang model. Not only did
the car influence the American Mustang market, it also helped with
the Australian Ď74 Falcon XB coupe, the car used in the first two
Mad Max movies.