David Jamieson Mus­tang

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been mean­ing to write to you for some time now and the light­ning rod for my contact re­lates to yet another fine ar­ti­cle in is­sue #85 on Mus­tangs in Aus­tralia and the sub­se­quent fol­lowup in is­sue #88 in Whad­daya­know? Both re­late to the Dave Jamieson Boss 351 Mus­tang that made a cameo in Sandown’s 1973 ATCC round, which lives on to­day, I learned from is­sue #88, owned by Ian Bowen.

Be­ing a mem­ber of the Mus­tang Own­ers Club of Aus­tralia – Vic­to­ria chap­ter, I’ve seen this car and didn’t re­alise its pedi­gree un­til now. Gob­s­macked is all I can say. I’ve owned Mus­tangs, start­ing with a ’69 Mach1 (a cult favourite) through to my cur­rent car, a 1973 Mach 1 (see photo). My dream car was one of the big ’71 to ’73 Mus­tangs which I have ful­filled by find­ing one which has taken me years to source a good, highly-op­tioned, low-mileage ex­am­ple. This se­ries suits my ma­tur­ing out­look as these stun­ningly styled and well-en­gi­neered mus­cle cars (did say I am 56?) are where it’s at for me.

If I didn’t have the Mach 1, I would se­ri­ously con­sider pur­chas­ing Ian Bowen’s beau­ti­ful Boss.

Be­ing the proud owner of one of these stun­ning ex­am­ples from the early 1970s, I have been har­bour­ing a thought for a very long time now and hope you and your mag­a­zine can ad­dress it. Is­sue #85 had a ref­er­ence to an ex­am­ple of these Mus­tangs be­ing im­ported by Ford Aus­tralia from the United States to be used as the ba­sis for the XB GTs styling, in­clud­ing its stripe de­sign. This story/ru­mour keeps on com­ing up and has been ref­er­enced more than once in your mag­a­zine.

I can’t stand it any­more! I would love to know what the story is be­hind the re­fined, mas­cu­line styling of the XB GT. Clearly, when you com­pare the 1973 Mus­tang Mach 1 model to the XB GT, the XB was a di­rect copy of what ap­pears to be the ’73 model year’s cars. This is sig­nif­i­cant. It was the only time a Fal­con GT was a di­rect copy of the Mus­tang from the gen­eral de­sign in­clud­ing a flat back tun­nel rear win­dow shape with bulging rear end pan­els, grille shape, NACA-duct bon­net scoops right down to the stripe kit. This was a clear Ford de­sign sig­na­ture of the early 1970s on ev­ery­thing from the Torino, Mus­tang, Cy­clone and Mon­tego right down to our Fal­con hard­tops and Lan­daus. Stun­ning looks that coin­ci­den­tally

could be hot­ted up so eas­ily with those large rear pan­els beg­ging for per­for­mance rub­ber, and en­shrined in the XB Mad Max In­ter­cep­tor. This was a sig­nif­i­cant step up from the mere Mus­tang styling cues like the Coke bot­tle rear doors of the ear­lier XR to XY Fal­cons.

It is sig­nif­i­cant that the last per­for­mance model se­ries both here and in the States fi­nally came to­gether in a shared styling brief that Broad­mead­ows unashamedly copied. This is no bad thing as the big Mus­tang was one of the most stun­ning mus­cle cars of the era, es­pe­cially when fully op­tioned with all the per­for­mance styling and me­chan­i­cal gear and it trans­lated so seam­lessly into what many re­gard as a ma­ture, re­fined and hand­some look in the XB.

So I humbly ask if you can find out the his­tory of the styling ex­er­cise that brought the two leg­endary Fords to­gether and cul­mi­nated in the stun­ning look­ing road go­ing XB GT. Now that’s a great story that’s long been beg­ging to be un­locked!

Robert Wi­a­trowski Via email

ED: Yes, Robert, there’s po­ten­tially a great story to be un­locked. The key is track­ing down a sur­viv­ing Ford stylist who worked on the pro­ject to in­ter­view to shed more light on this topic.

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