As I've been packing up the near-get-me-institutionalized levels of crap in my house, I occasionally come across something more interesting than a desiccated squirrel carcass or a box of Sega cartridges. This was one of those times — I found a 1963 Ford Book of Styling, and in it, this amazing mystery wagon.
The book itself is an amazing paperback art-book with all sorts of half-pages, vellum overlays, and the grand, perhaps slightly over-reaching idea that the 1963 line of Fords is a direct decedent of the greatest traditions of human art. I mean, '63 was a pretty good year for Fords, don't get me wrong, I'm just not 100% sure a Falcon is the equal to the Great Temple of Ramses II. But I'm willing to hear them out.
There's lots of great material in this book which I'll cover, but the one thing I want to focus on today is a tiny illustration on the very last page of the book. It's not credited or identified in the footnotes, but appears to be a styling study for some unproduced Ford sport-wagon concept.
It doesn't appear to be part of Ford's novel Aurora concept wagons, as this one would have to have been drawn sometime before 1963, and the first Aurora didn't appear until 1964. Or perhaps it was an early study for one of them?