Classiq Designer Series—Featuring Buck Mook
Before even graduating automotive design school Buck Mook already got a taste of automotive design success in a big way. Buck worked with Dean Jeffries to design the iconic Monkey Mobile while still at Art Center in Pasadena. From early childhood Buck has memories of walking through the Ford production plant with his father so when it came time to find a corporation to work for, Ford was an easy choice. Buck was credited with the design for the Mustang II along with contributions to many other iconic Ford cars. Along with being an automotive designer, Buck is also a very passionate classic car and automotive art collector..
Video Credits: Julie Hyde-Edwards and Robert Edwards for making the videos possible, Clasiq for producing the series. Sponsored by Farmers Insurance.
Published on Dean’s Garage by permission by Charlie Rubin, Clasiq COO and Founder.
Dean’s Garage, The Future is Back release: January, 2020.
Ford Designer, Buck Mook
Designer of the Mustang II Shares Original Drawings
In the early ’70’s Lee Iacocca put together a team of young Ford designers known as the ‘Wiz Kids’. Buck Mook was one of those young designers tasked at imagining one of Fords most iconic cars, the Mustang. Of all the design sketches submitted Buck’s initial sketch was chosen from amongst all the young designers at Ford to be the starting foundation of the iconic Mustang II.
Buck Talks Design Styling Models
Collecting cars is not just about owning the actual cars, its about collecting and remembering a specific time in history. Buck didn’t stop when his garage was full or when there was no more room left to hang art on his walls. Buck owns one of the largest collections of manufacturing styling models. These plaster cast scale model car designs were used in house to help decide with color combos and different package designs for the styling designers. The cars would be used to showcase upcoming color, interior, and trim combinations for the next model year.
Henry Ford II’s Ford
This dark navy car sitting behind Buck is rare… Some may even think that this beautiful flathead car is European, but its not. Its actually a Ford and this particular Ford was not just owned by anyone but was the personal car for Henry Ford II. This Ford is a one-of-one hand built custom on a Facel Vega body built specifically for Henry Ford II. Buck was lucky enough to acquire this car during his first month of work for the Ford Motor Company. bought for just $800.