Measuring Success: Ford’s Look Back at the Mustang II

As part of Ford’s 50th Anniversary Countdown to the release of the 2015 Mustang, they’ve given us an up and close look at the Mustang II and the history behind one of the best selling Mustangs of all time.

The second generation Mustang has been infamously disregarded and forgotten by many Mustang enthusiasts, but in its day the Mustang II was a hugely popular and desirable car. With the 2015 S550 Mustang soon to debut, Ford is taking a look back at one of its most popular Mustangs. In doing so, Ford has revealed quite a few interesting facts about the Mustang II you might not have known:

- Sales of small cars exploded from 23 percent of the market in 1964 to more than 40 percent by the early 1970s, solidifying the Mustang as the key player in the US

- When Mustang II debuted in the fall of 1973, it had been engineered from the ground up as a Mustang and shared few parts with other cars

- Despite having a choice of a 2.3-liter four-cylinder or a 2.8-liter V6 at launch, Mustang II had comparable performance to the six-cylinder and V8 in the much larger 1973 model thanks to its significantly lower weight

- A 302-cubic-inch V8 generating 139 horsepower was added to Mustang II for the 1975 model year

- The 1977 Mustang II with the 302 V8 produced a very respectable 247 pound-feet of torque that peaked at just 1,800 rpm, Corvettes of the same era had only 8 pound-feet more at twice the speed

- Mustang II was featured on the most popular television show of its time, “Charlie’s Angels

- Mustang II was actually quite technologically advanced for its time with rack-and-pinion steering, front disc brakes, well-appointed interiors and full instrumentation as standard equipment

- Motor Trend named Mustang II as its 1974 Car of the Year

- In its first year of availability, Mustang II sold nearly 400,000 units, almost triple what its immediate predecessor did and it remained popular throughout its five year run

- The base Mustang II stickered at only around $3,000–a valuable deal for the time

- Loaded Cobra IIs sold for about $4,800 in 1978, examples in excellent condition often sell for well over $10,000 today

Ford's Mustang II King Cobra

Story courtesy of Ford Social

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