Many years ago, a team comprised of a Ford Advertising executive, a car designer, and a person who loved wagons, came together with the idea of creating something special. It was a Ford Mustang wagon. More specifically, it was a Mustang Shooting Brake. And one was actually built. Barney Clark and Robert Cumberford trekked all the way to Turin, Italy to bring this thing to life with the help of Intermeccanica. I’ve long heard about this car, but I’ve also long heard that this long roof is long gone… and just one was built. But that last bit isn’t quite true. And now I know this for a fact thanks to my friend Jonny Lieberman who snapped a photo of another lovely Mustang shooting brake.
The car above is called the Dutch Country Squire GT. It wasn’t built by Intermeccanica, but it does seem to have been built to the same exact standards as that “one-off”. This blue beauty, which was originally red, was built for Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands. He wanted to use it for hunting so he had a Dutch company convert it into a two-door wagon.
I’ve heard about other wagon transformations but none as well done as the original Intermeccanica car and now this Dutch version. In fact, I assumed that Intermeccanica quietly doled out a few more because a lot of the lines match up. Regardless, it’s very cool to see this thing in good shape and being used. Jonny ran into the car in the parking lot at the Goodwood Revival, which honestly makes perfect sense because that’s the sort of place someone would drive this thing. Goodwood is a bucket list event for a reason (all versions of it).
Thanks to the commenter who pointed me in the right direction on this too:
An amazing bit of history spotted at an event celebrating amazing bits of automotive history. More photos can be found here: http://bzerob.com/garage/mustang65/mustang65-odd-countrywagon.html