Any auto manufacturer starts several years in advance planning the models that will be released in the future. They try out many different things in an effort to do some updating, but rarely do we actually get a chance to take a look at some of the proposed changes...especially those that never made it into production.
I've recently gotten my hands on two different photo sheets, with 4 photos on each sheet, dated in 1968 of some proposed styling changes for the upcoming 1972 model year for the light-duty trucks. The first sheet is dated July 1968 and the second one is dated November 1968. And as you'll see, there were some semi-radical ideas being tossed around for the new body style. I've scanned each photo is high-resolution so you can check them out in detail.
1972 FORD LIGHT TRUCK STYLING PROPOSAL PHOTOS
- 1972 Styling Proposal Photos (Dated July 1969)
- 1972 Styling Proposal Photos (Dated October 1969)
- 1972 Styling Proposal Photos (Dated May 1970)
Keep in mind that these aren't prototypes, per se. They are simply BODY styling proposals. Evidence of this is in Fig. 3, where they are obviously using a pre-'65 chassis, with a single mono-beam front axle. Regardless, these are a very cool piece of Ford truck history, and I'm excited to be able to share these with you.