ALL WHEEL DRIVE PROTOTYPE
ALL WHEEL DRIVE PROTOTYPE
Production Years: 1965
Country: United States
Number Produced: 1(Prototype)
In the late 1950s, Harry Ferguson invented a transmission with four wheel drive for automobiles with a different torque on the front and rear wheels. This transmission was tested and evaluated on a prototype, and in 1960, a Formula One race car with this system was winning races with driver Sir Stirling Moss at the wheel.
Harry Ferguson passed away in 1959, but Harry Ferguson Research Ltd. continued on. Our 1964 Mustang was shipped from the USA to England, where it received the Ferguson Formula One All-Wheel Drive system. In fact, two Mustangs went to England, the second one to be used as a base for comparison with the Ferguson Mustang. It was the first AWD conversion of a standard production car. Our car, with VIN number DAC 433C, was registered in January 1965 by Harry Ferguson Research Ltd. In addition to the transmission, the Mustang received anti-lock brakes, which would later be known as ABS. They were an adaptation of the Dunlop Maxaret brakes that were originally designed and used on airplanes.
The two Mustangs were also lent to the British Ford Motor Company for comparative evaluation, and the summary of their report was as follows: “The four wheel drive car was outstandingly more controllable than the conventional rear wheel drive on slippery surface, whether accelerating or braking, and would be far safer in an emergency than the conventional car, especially in the hands of the less skilful driver.”
DAC 433C retired in the Ferguson Museum on the Isle of Wight and it was offered up for sale.
In 1970, Jensen adopted the four wheel drive transmission on the Interceptor, and aside from a few experiments in England with the Ford Zephyr or the Ford Capri, nothing else came from the Ferguson transmission. The idea continued on and some great contemporary automobiles followed Harry Ferguson’s inventive mind.
(Excerpts of a memorandum of Harry Ferguson research ltd were used in this description)
Follow us on social media
We apologize for any inconvenience during this challenging time but it is for the health and safety of our staff and guests. Limited entry is mandated by Pinellas County and the State of Florida. We do require that all guests, as well as Museum staff wear face masks and maintain proper social distancing. The Museum is adhering to the CDC Guidelines for keeping the public areas clean. Thank you for understanding and should you have any further questions or concerns, please call 727-579-8226
GET IN TOUCH
The fastest way to get in touch with us is by telephone at (727) 579-8226.
If you'd like, you can complete the following form and we will get back to
you at our earliest opportunity:
Tampa Bay Automobile Museum
3301 Gateway Centre Blvd.
Pinellas Park, FL 33782 USA
Monday - 10am - 4pm
Wed- Sat: 10am - 4pm
Sunday: Noon - 4pm
$10 Seniors (61+)
$8 Youth and Active Military
12 and under Free
Groups of 12 or More $8 pp