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Ford Mustang Concept – 1983 PPG Pace Car

This early concept Mustang Pace Car now lives in Jack Roush’s Museum.


The custom one-off bodywork of this Mustang was designed by the Ford Design Center, then fabricated and installed by Synthetex Inc. of Michigan.  Many of the early PPG Pace Cars were fully functional concept cars, with aerodynamics and technology years ahead of the industry. This Mustang cost $250,000 to build in 1983, which after inflation equals $634,000 in 2019.


The paint over the futuristic (for 1983) body is pearl white with a pearl blue that fades toward the rear. The Mustang is powered by a 395 cu. in V8, producing 465 HP.

Current Status

The 1983 Mustang PPG Pace Car now resides in Jack Roush’s Museum, along with a few other PPG Pace Cars. It appears the car still sees daylight from time to time, as seen in the Ford Mustang display photos below.

Photo by John Walczak

Mustang 45th – 04/17/09 Birmingham, Ala.: Ford performance cars sit on a display rack as part of Ford’s consumer display at Barber Motorsports Park during the Mustang 45th Anniversary celebration. (low resolution image)


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