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Mustangs Facts 1974-1982

1974 Ford Mustang

-The completely redesigned Mustang II was introduced in 1974. Compared with the 1973 model, the Mustang II was 19 inches shorter and 490 pounds lighter. It was available in a notchback, including a luxury Ghia model and a 2+2 fastback. For the first time, there was no V8 engine and no convertible option available.

-An orange '73 Mach I was featured in a prominent role in the action movie Gone in 60 Seconds, which debuted in 1974.

-In 1975, V8 horsepower returned to the Mustang. But the 302-cid V8 engine assembled only 130 power and came only with an automatic transmission.

-The Cobra II package joined the lineup in 1976, replete with non functional hood scoop, racing stripes and front and rear spoilers. Available in white with blue stripes, blue with white stripes, and black with gold stripes, the Cobra II was intended to recall the looks of the famed Shelby Mustangs.

-In an attempt to appeal to convertible fans, fastback models became available with T Top removable glass roof panels. A new Sports Performance Package added a four speed manual transmission to the 302 V8.

-In 1978, the new King Cobra model was the first Ford Mustang to wear a 5.0 badge - the metric equivalent of 302 cubic inches.

-The new "Fox" platform made its debut in 1979. The new model was longer and taller than the Mustang II, yet it was 200 pounds lighter. A sleek, "Euro" design replaced many traditional steed styling cues. Engine choices included a 2.3-liter four-cylinder, a 2.8 liter V6, a 3.3 liter inline six-cylinder and a 140 horsepower 5.0 liter V8.

-In 1980, the 302-cid V-8 engine was dropped and replaced by an economy-minded 119 horsepower, 255 cid V8 derivative.

-In 1981, performance headed to the back burner, as the turbo four cylinder was dropped from the pony engine lineup and new emissions controls dropped the 255 cid V8's ponies to 115 horsepower.

-In 1982, the Mustang GT returned after a 12-year absence. The 5.0 liter V8, which delivered 157 power was also back, and optional T-Tops returned.

Courtesy of Ford Motor Company

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- Mustang Facts 1964-1973
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