Given the Ford Mustang’s success throughout the 1960s, an independent designer named Robert Cumberford dreamed up a station wagon variant. While giving the Mustang a long roof seems like a wacky idea; Ford considered turning it into a sedan or a pickup truck. While none of these variants ever made it into production, the wagon might’ve been the best one.
According to Hagerty, the Falcon-based muscle car carried a ton of weight on its front end, making it sketchy to drive at times. As a result, a couple of extra pounds in the rear could’ve made a massive impact.
Did Ford make a Mustang station wagon?
While the Ford Mustang station wagon seemed like a sound concept on paper, it never officially went into production. However, this idea made it onto the roads with at least one finished example. Cumberford came up with the idea of the Mustang station wagon back in the mid-1960s.
According to Hagerty, the Mustang’s body lines made turning it into a station wagon quite easy. Believing in the soundness of his design, Cumberford set about getting this odd machine built. This is where Italian coachbuilder Construzione Automobili Intermeccanica steps in.
According to Hagerty, Cumberford purchased a brand-new 1965 Ford Mustang and commissioned the build. The idea was to take the station wagon concept and sell it as an add-on kit for existing cars. All in all, Hagerty reports that this project cost around $10,000, or about $83,496 in today’s money.
The market still wanted the long roof
Once Cumberford completed the project, he took the Ford Mustang station wagon and showed it to the American carmaker. Unfortunately, the carmaker wanted no part of this unusual variant. Like the sedan and pickup truck concepts, the station wagon didn’t make it past the concept stage.
Despite this, Hagerty reports that Cumberford still wanted to press on with his creation. Unfortunately, no one showed interest in this Italian-built station wagon. However, it seems the market still wanted this long-roof variant.
That’s because Hagerty reports that a California-based company decided to build and sell the conversion kit. It was called the Hobo, and it is the vehicle shown in the images embedded above. The kit cost around $595 back in the day and would only worth a convertible variant of the muscle car.
Cumberford eventually sold the station wagon concept, only for it to seemingly vanish. As of writing, no one knows where it currently is.
Which Ford Mustang is the rarest?
Since there is just one coach-built Ford Mustang station wagon, it might be one of the rarest versions of the muscle car ever built. However, during that same time in the 1960s, Ford commissioned a one-off version of the Mustang built and designed by Italian coachbuilder Bertone.
While the Bertone Mustang served as a part of a marketing campaign, it is also one of a kind. Additionally, like the station wagon, it remains missing today.