In its 50-year life the Ford Mustang has had but two hatchbacks in its model mix – one on the venerated Fox body and the other on the earlier and less well-loved Mustang II. Not everybody knows this, but there was almost a third Mustang hatch, one that but for a very vocal enthusiast outpouring over its inclusion in the panoply of ‘Stangs, would have also been the first front-wheel drive Mustang.
That was the Ford Probe, which until the eleventh hour was going to be the Ford Mustang Probe. So close did the Blue Oval Boys come to making this tragic mistake that the Probe’s rear bumper mold required a last-minute modification to eliminate the MUSTANG embossing. I heartily agree that the Probe was no Mustang, and that positioning it as such would have potentially irreparably damaged the brand, but still, I do like the thought of a Mustang hatch.
The ‘Stang currently comes in but two models, a fun-in-the-sun convertible, and a fastback coupe. There’s no reason that second edition couldn’t be modded to offer a gaping gap capable of swallowing a refrigerator or discarded Barcalounger surreptitiously found by the roadside. Both the Mustang II – which I think gets some unwarranted shade thrown its way, and the foxstang had hatches that added versatility to their vroom-vroom, and I’d like to see that as an option once again. Do you concur? What do you think, should Ford make another Mustang hatchback?