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The following two articles and photos were provided by Dick Nesbitt exclusively for the Mustang II Network. They tell the story behind the designing of the prototypes that would become the Mustang II Coupe and Ghia models.|
Reinvented Hopeful: The Mustang II --- Text and photos by Dick Nesbitt - Originally published in Hemmings Mustang Market & Tech Guide - Jan/Feb 2003.
Phase II --- Text and photos by Dick Nesbitt - Originally published in Mustang Monthly magazine - August 1995.
Design Photo Gallery --- Photos provided by Dick Nesbitt - Thumbnail and large scale images of the designs.
Dick Nesbitt is an industrial designer and automotive design author/illustrator residing in Arlington, Texas. Dick graduated with highest honors on a full-tuition Ford Motor Company-sponsored scholarship from the Art Center College of Design, now located in Pasadena, California.|
Previous positions include several years as an automotive interior and exterior designer for Ford Motor Company at Ford's Design Center in Dearborn, Michigan. There, among other projects, Nesbitt was responsible for the creation of the 1974 Mustang II coupe and an innovative family van design prototype code-named "Carousel." This concept was later developed into the highly successful "Voyager-Caravan" vans introduced in 1984 by Chrysler Corp.
As an independent design consultant, Nesbitt has served a wide variety of clients. Projects range from "V.I.P." class helicopter executive level custom interior and exterior corporate graphics design for Aerospatiale Corporation's Texas-based American Headquarters office to a complet interior and exterior redesign of Marmon Motor Company's prestigiuos class "8" conventional and cab-over trucks. Nesbitt also created all new advanced-design compact length 24-foot and 30-foot buses for Transit Bus Manufacturers of Fort Worth, Texas. Other projects include all-new styling for Eagle Vehicles' "Pargo" electric airport and industrial personnel carriers and a variety of unusual concepts for all-terrain vehicles, as well as the development of a high-tech civilian version of Austria's fabled Steyr-Daimler-Puch "Pinzgauer," a military personnel vehicle.
Nesbitt has written and illustrated many automotive design-related articles for various nationally known magazine publishers, including a book commissioned by Publications International of Chicago, Illinois, titled American Car Design: 1930-1980. Dick Nesbitt developed all art illustrations and authored this automotive historical publication.
Text and photos in the Exclusive Feature Stories section may not be reproduced in any manner without express written permission from the Mustang II Network.