When the Mustang almost died

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Two decades after the iconic Ford Mustang first debuted, designers and engineers reached a crossroads. Where to go with the future of the pony car? The story of how the Mustang nearly became a front-wheel drive, Mazda-based car for the 1989 model year is the tale of the Mustang’s closest brush with death in its 50-year history. Click through our gallery to see the design that eventually became the Ford Probe and other potential avenues Ford could have taken the car.

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A production-intent version of the fwd Mustang that later became the Ford Probe.