Rate It: Rally-Ready Fox Body Mustang Concept

David S.
By David S. Wallens
Jul 21, 2020 | Ford, Mustang, rally, Rate It

Let’s all go back to 1980. The Fox-body Mustang was totally new. Gold jumpsuits were in. So was feathered hair. And rally, too, with the Europeans all heavily involved in the sport.

Looks like Ford debated entering the fray with this 1980 Mustang RSX concept. Ghia created the Fox-based one-off, widening the track by an inch while trimming 5.6 inches from the wheelbase. Ride height was said to be higher, too. Power came from the turbo 2.3.

Bonus points for the multi-piece wheels, fender flares and what resemble DeLorean-like windows inside windows.

13/10, totally would drive it today. What's your rating?

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Pete Gossett (Forum Supporter)
Pete Gossett (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
7/21/20 8:45 a.m.

Oh berkeley yes! It's like a Vector-SVX-Foxbody!!!

I'll take the gold jumpsuit too. 

Adrian_Thompson (Forum Supporter)
Adrian_Thompson (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
7/21/20 9:44 a.m.

In reply to Pete Gossett (Forum Supporter) :

Jump suit is yours, I'll take the contents.  


Ashyukun (Robert)
Ashyukun (Robert) UberDork
7/21/20 10:23 a.m.

It does look like a fox body and a DMC-12 had a kid...

pres589 (djronnebaum)
pres589 (djronnebaum) PowerDork
7/21/20 10:36 a.m.

I like how the front overhang was reduced from the Mustang.  Big door glass is kind of nice, it  looks like it was bonded to a door frame at the perimeter?  Slot windows should be larger in a production version but I imagine they would have lost this entirely.  In any case, I like it.  Too bad it didn't make it to production.

stuart in mn
stuart in mn MegaDork
7/21/20 10:53 a.m.

Bonus points if you wear a metallic gold jumpsuit, like the model in the picture.

Tyler H (Forum Supporter)
Tyler H (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand UberDork
7/21/20 11:38 a.m.

Those side windows can't roll down into the door, and you can't fit today's medium sized drink through that mail slot.  Clearly the solution is integrated T-Tops on gullwing doors.

pinchvalve (Forum Supporter)
pinchvalve (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
7/21/20 11:39 a.m.

Your mom was hot back then.

captdownshift (Forum Supporter)
captdownshift (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand UltimaDork
7/21/20 1:52 p.m.

I'd get a driving suit and helmet that makes me look like a member of Daft Punk and rock the hell out of it. 

svxsti Reader
7/21/20 11:19 p.m.

I think I've seen that car in a porno from the 80s.

Floating Doc (Forum Supporter)
Floating Doc (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand UltraDork
7/21/20 11:55 p.m.
pinchvalve (Forum Supporter) said:

Your mom was hot back then.

Umm, I was 25 that year.

Ashyukun (Robert)
Ashyukun (Robert) UberDork
7/22/20 8:34 a.m.
Tyler H (Forum Supporter) said:

Those side windows can't roll down into the door, and you can't fit today's medium sized drink through that mail slot.  Clearly the solution is integrated T-Tops on gullwing doors.

Drive-throughs really weren't as much of (it anything of, I lived in Germany for the middle half of the 80's so don't have a good perspective) a thing then as they are now. The DMC's windows were typically called 'toll-booth windows' because they just had to open enough to get your arm out to toss your change into a toll booth basket.

Error404 Reader
7/22/20 8:57 a.m.

I would drive the berk out of that car even if I had to wear a gold jumpsuit to do it. What a gorgeous car

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