The Amazing Experimental Car Designs That Spawned the Ford Mustang

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"This is the story of a search -- a search for beauty," begins the narrator of this 1960s documentary by Ford. Thus begins Styling and the Experimental Car, a whirlwind history of automotive design and innovation, culminating with the iconic Mustang in 1964. From the first cars, which still looked like carriages, to the streamlined, rocket ship-inspired lines of the space age, the film celebrates decades of Ford designs. Courtesy of the Prelinger Archive, the film runs a little long, but is well worth watching for the collage-style animation of historic and futuristic illustrations and photographs. Check out some of the stills from the film below. 



For more films from the Prelinger Archive, visit http://www.archive.org/details/prelinger.

Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg is the executive producer for video at The AtlanticMore

Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg joined The Atlantic in 2011 to launch its video channel and, in 2013, create its in-house video production department. She leads the development and production of original documentaries, interviews, and other video content for The Atlantic. Previously, she worked as a producer at Al Gore’s Current TV and as a content strategist and documentary producer in San Francisco. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University.

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