Thanks for your article about the dawn of the Mustang. I never owned one, should have though. Two years before my license a German friend of my family took me for a spin in Mustang 1. The inspiration for the side cove also might have started there.
Conversations about the genesis of ideas are always fascinating and often controversial. I suppose that’s why no one has dared to write a book about who lifted what from whom.
Yes, the position of the A-pillar, Italian kick-up after the door cut and short rear deck are very similar. Also the early Mustang’s protruding grill is definitely related to the Maserati Spider. That hand fabricated deep shape couldn’t be realized without resorting to small castings for the Mustang. Below are two links to illustrate:
GALLERY: This 1960 Maserati 3500 GT Spyder Vignale Is A New Start …
History of the Ford Mustang
Indeed, the Mustang then was huge. Thanks.