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1970 Mustang Milano Concept: Purple Haze from Pony Car Past

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As part of the march to the ultimate pony car’s 50th anniversary, Ford has been going back into the vault and unearthing some of its most interesting and unfairly forgotten Mustangs for public consumption.  One of those old models that is deservedly getting one more moment in the limelight is the 1970 Mustang Milano Concept.

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The Milano first appeared in February 1970 at the Chicago Auto Show and drew a great deal of attention right off the bat for its low, aggressive stance inspired by the grand touring cars of the day.  The electrically-controlled, nearly-horizontal rear decklid drew “oohs.”  Tail lamps that turned green when accelerating, yellow when slowing, and red when baking drew “ahhs.”

But one of the most unique (and quintessentially 1970s) features of the 1970 Mustang Milano Concept with the Ultra Violet paint scheme, which pierced the eyes from the outside and bled over into the interior.  The Mustang Milano was so ‘70s…

“How ‘70s was it?”

…it was so ‘70s that it had purple mohair carpet on the floor.

Stylistic elements of the Mustang Milano Concept were incorporated in later Ford vehicles, including the same 1974 Falcon XB Coupe that served as Mad Max’s Interceptor.  Fortunately, they opted not to keep the Ultra Violent hue; otherwise, we suspect Max wouldn’t have needed Lord Humungus’ urging to walk away in favor of a different colored car.