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The Ford Mustang GT Concept That Looked Better Than The Production Version Is For Sale

But it costs how much?!

Way back in 2003 at the Detroit Auto Show, Ford revealed a concept that was the talk of the show: the Mustang GT Convertible. One of the reasons why this was so significant, other than it being a preview of a new Mustang, was the fact that, for the first time since 1979, the Fox body architecture was gone. The concept, now up for sale by Exotic Classics in New York, was styled by former Ford designer J Mays. It looked both stunning and retro inside and out.

Ford hinted at the time that the upcoming production version, due for 2005, wouldn’t look much different. That turned out to be mostly true. The fifth generation Mustang that went on sale, compared to the concept, ended up having seriously toned down styling. It didn’t look bad by any means but it was kind of a shame it didn’t have the same lower and wider proportions. The concept’s 20-inch wheels, not at all surprisingly, didn’t make production either, nor did the distinct "showbar" with a rim of billet aluminum trim. Its interior was also a work of art, featuring red and charcoal leather upholstery with perforated surfaces. Notice that insanely cool billet aluminum shifter and 4-point seatbelts.

The concept is powered by a supercharged 4.6-liter V8 with 400 hp. Following Detroit, Ford sent this concept to more than 50 auto shows before it was sold at auction. And now it can be yours for $350,000, but it’s not street legal. Hey, it’s a concept. What’d you expect?

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